Education and Research



The Section of Hematology plays an important role teaching our internal medicine residents on the general principles of blood disorders and blood cancers.  Our Section further enhances the institution's education objective by:

  • Active teaching and supervision of internal medicine and clinical pathology residents undertaking their master's degrees at the Aga Khan University Hospital.
  • Supervision and interpretation of bone marrow aspirates and trephine biopsies
  • Supervision and teaching of residents rotating in the hematology outpatient clinics
  • Supervision and teaching of residents on inpatient rounds.
  • Evidence based lectures to the faculty and other staff members
  • Participation in local, national and international seminar, symposiums and meetings
  • Mentorship of residents
  • Supervision of resident dissertations, case reports, abstracts and poster presentations.
  • Peer review publications in national​ and international journals.



Current Research Projects

  • Our Section has ongoing active research in multiple myeloma as it presents in the black population, with preliminary results being published in international journals
  • We also have an ongoing study looking at patients with chronic myeloid leukemia presenting with deafness.  Our additional areas on interest include continued research in malignant lymphomas and acute myeloid leukemia.

MMed Theses Research

  • ​Immunophenotypic profile of acute leukemias at Aga Khan University Hospital – Nairobi, 2010. M​S Riyat.
  • Malignant Lymphoma subtypes in a private Hospital in Nairobi – A retrospective cross sectional study, 2011. MS Riyat.
  • ​​​Immunophenotyping of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia / Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma at Aga Khan University Hospital – Nairobi, 2012.  MS Riyat.


1.      Okinda NA, Riyat M.S Bone marrow examination findings at Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi". E. Afr. Med J. 2010; 87(1):531 – 535.

2.      NAO Abinya, Riyat MS, Omollo R, Gichuru GW, Differences in response to Imatinib between Gastrointestinal stromal tumors involving     the liver and tumors that do not: Experience from Nairobi. J Clin Oncol  2012 (suppl; abstr e20504).

3.      Kabera B, Macharia W, Pamnani R, Riyat MS, Immunotypic profile of acute leukemia in Nairobi. E. Afr. Med. J. 2013; 90(3):82-85.

4.      E. Mulwa-Babu, D. Paresh,  Riyat M S Chronic lymphocytic leukemia in Kenya: an immunophenotypic and clinicopathologic study. J. Afr. Cancer 2013; 4:192-197

5.      NAO Abinya, Riyat MS, Omollo R, Gichuru GW Differences in response to imatinib between Gastrointestinal stromal tumours involving   the liver and tumours that do not: experience from Nairobi. J. Afr. Cancer 2013;5:79-83

6.      Kiraka G, Etabale M, Riyat MS  A review of 74 patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma at a tertiary referral  hospital in Nairobi, Kenya J. Afr. Cancer 2014; 6:70-74

7.      Saha H, Twahir A, Juma F, Kohli R, Riyat MSPatient with primary systemic amyloidosis presenting with intractable diarrhea Open Journal of Hematology 2014: 5-3

8.      Gichuhi CW, Kariuki D, Nyerere A, Riyat MS. Studies on Vitamin D Levels in Serum of HIV Infected Patients: Their Effect on Progression towards AIDS World Journal of AIDS 2014; 4: 422-429.

9.  Mulwa-Babu E, Paresh D,  Riyat MS. Applying consensus criteria to the evaluation of patients with suspected chronic   lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma J. Afr  Cancer 2014; 6(4):215-217.

9.       Kasmani R, Othieno-Abinya NA, Riyat MS, Kiarie GW, Wanzala P Environmental and occupational factors associated with chronic myeloid leukemia: a case-control study J. Afr Cancer 2014; 6(4):194-201.​​