Paediatrics and Child Health Faculty

Faculty at the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health are well qualified and offer dedicated inpatient and outpatient services at Aga Khan University Medical College, East Africa. Our faculty have specialised in the following areas; critical care and emergency medicine, endocrinology and metabolic disorders, neonatology, neurology, hematology, respiratory medicine, gastroenterology, nutrition and infectious diseases. 

Full-Time Faculty

Dr Pauline Samia, MBChB, MMed (Paeds), MPhil (Paediatric Neurology) 
Associate Professor

Dr Pauline Samia is Paediatric Neurologist and interim chair, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at Aga Khan University Medical College, East Africa. She is a holder of an MPhil in Paediatric Neurology from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She is charged with the overall responsibility for the training of paediatrics residents in the department, administration and the provision of quality clinical services as per the Joint Commission International standards.

She has served on the commission on Paediatrics of the international league against Epilepsy since 2013 and the commission on nosology from 2017. These are voluntary service positions in which she contributes to formulation of relevant guidelines and position papers for the commission. 

Dr Samia is also a past secretary and board member of the Kenya Paediatrics Association (KPA), and the founding chair of the Eastern Africa Academy for childhood disability, a professional body that seeks to improve the knowledge and practice of health workers attending to children with disability within Eastern Africa through educational sessions and relevant publications. She has recently been invited to the executive board of the International Child Neurology Association (ICNA). She has been involved in research relevant to paediatric neurology practice in Africa as well as many educational meetings within Eastern Africa and beyond.



Prof William Macharia, PMBChB, MMED, MSc (Clin Epidemiology), Dip (Haem-Oncology)
Professor

Prof William Macharia is the Associate Dean for Research and former Founding Chair of the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at Aga Khan University Medical College, East Africa. He trained in health research and treatment of cancers and blood diseases at McMaster University, Canada (1989-91). 

Before joining AKU in 2007, he was Associate Professor in Department of Paediatrics at University of Nairobi and Director of the Clinical Epidemiology Unit, Faculty of Health Science. Other past appointments and responsibilities included being member of Board of Trustees of International Clinical Epidemiology Network (INCLEN), Secretary General of Africa chapter (AFRICLEN), member of WHO/AFRO advisory committee on health research and development and Member of DFID/IDRC/Welcome Trust funded consortium for National Health Research Expert Scientific Advisory Committee. 

Dr Macharia has been chairing Kenya Technical Working Group developing national health research policies and governance strategy for the Ministry of Health, and is member of Advisory Council of Kampala based Paediatric Haemato-oncology Fellowship training program that takes trainees from EA region. He has published more than 50 scientific papers in international reputable peer review journal and supervised theses and dissertations plus won a number of internationally competitive grants. His current research interest is in health systems. Besides carrying out research, he continues to be actively involved in training of specialists in paediatrics and treatment of children with cancers and blood diseases. He is a member or the Society of International Paediatric Association and Kenya Paediatrics Association.


Dr Rose Kamenwa, MBChB, MMed (Paeds)
Assistant Professor

Dr Rose Kamenwa is an Assistant Professor, Paediatric Gastroenterologist and Lactation management consultant in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Aga Khan University Medical College, East Africa. She joined Aga Khan University Hospital in 2007 as part time faculty and transitioned to full time faculty in 2011. She trained in paediatric gastrointestinal diseases, liver diseases and nutritional disorders at National Children’s Hospital, Tokyo, Japan (1995) and University of California in San Diego, USA (2000-2001). 

On completing her gastroenterology training, she established Paediatric Gastroenterology services in Kenya. She trained in promotion and protection of breastfeeding as well as treatment of breastfeeding problems at Wellstart International, San Diego, USA (1991). She is a founder member of Kenyatta National Hospital Lactation Management Training program. 

Dr Kamenwa is a member of National Polio Certification Committee, associate member of World Wide Universities Network and member editorial board of world Allergy Organization Journal. She has published more than 20 scientific papers in international reputable peer review journal and supervised theses and dissertations. Her current research interest is in food allergy and its association with gastrointestinal diseases in children. She is a member of Kenya Paediatric Association, Kenya Paediatric Association Research Consortium, Allergy Society of Kenya, Kenya Medical Womens’ Association, North America Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Gastroenterology Society of Kenya.​


Dr Roseline Ochieng Atieno MBChB, MMed (Paeds), Fellowship (Neonatal Medicine) 
Assistant Professor

Dr Roseline Ochieng graduated from the University of Nairobi’s Medical School before proceeding to Monash Medical Center, Melbourne for a Neonatal Fellowship.

She was instrumental in setting up of modern Neonatal facilities at the Aga Khan Hospital, Nairobi and established the first Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the region. As the current Head of The Newborn Unit at Aga Khan University Hospital Nairobi, she is at the forefront in training of Residents in Neonatal care as well as ensuring the unit moves with the times to ensure best survival of its little patients.


Dr Angela N. Migowa, MBChB, MMed (Paeds), MUHC (Pediatric Rheumatology) 
Assistant Professor

Dr Angela Migowa is a consultant paediatric rheumatologist at Aga Khan University Medical College, East Africa. She is a graduate of the University of Nairobi with an MBChB degree in 2007 and an MMed degree in Pediatrics and Child Health from Aga Khan University in 2014. She received the Alan Ross Scholarship from McGill University Health Centre to pursue a fellowship in Pediatric Rheumatology. She was an academic clinical fellow during which she developed interest in clinical immunology, training pediatric musculoskeletal examination, adolescent health, and patient support groups. 

She has established a Paediatric Rheumatology Service and an Adolescent Clinical Service. She has been involved in collaborations and various research initiatives locally and internationally with the Kenya Pediatric Association (KPA), ArthRheuma Society of Kenya (ARSK), African League Against Rheumatism (AFLAR), African Society of Immunodeficiencies (ASID), Hereditary Angioedema International (HAEi), Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA) and American College of Rheumatology (ACR). She has presented several talks, lectures and abstracts in various forums across Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and North America to raise awareness on Pediatric Rheumatology. 


Dr Sean Del-Rossi Quadros, MD, MMed (Paeds)
Assistant Professor

Dr Sean Del-Rossi graduated with a MD degree from Saint Petersburg State Medical Academy in Russia, where he received the Scholar of the year award in 2006, followed by a MMed degree in Paediatrics and Child Health from Aga Khan University, Nairobi, Kenya. He later pursued a specialised fellowship training in Paediatric Clinical and Interventional Cardiology at Madras Medical Mission, Chennai, India.

Dr Del-Rossi is trained in various key cardiac diagnostic imaging including fetal, transthoracic and transesophageal 2D/3D echocardiography, cardiac CT and MRI. His key interests are in the development of a paediatric cardiac unit that focuses on diagnosis and management of Congenital Heart Diseases, both surgical and interventional, as well as the prevention of Acquired Heart Diseases especially Rheumatic Heart Disease in children and young women with a focus on the development of a Congenital Heart Disease registry in Kenya.

With key interest in emergency and critical care, Dr Sean Del-Rossi has been instrumental in the training of medical personnel in paediatric life support and is a registered course director (RCUK) and senior instructor for the European Paediatric Advanced Life Support (EPALS) and Fundamentals in Paediatric Critical Care Support (FPCCS). He is also a member of the Kenya Paediatric Association (KPA), Kenya Cardiac Society (KCS), Paediatric Cardiac Society of India (PCSI).


Dr Mary Slessor Limbe, MD, MMed   
Assistant Professor


Dr Mary Limbe received her undergraduate degree from the First Medical Institute of Leningrad, followed by a postgraduate degree in Paediatrics from the University of Nairobi. She then did her fellowship in Paediatric Endocrinology and diabetes at the Paediatric Endocrinology Training Centre for Africa, Nairobi and Yorkhill Hospital, Glasgow, receiving a certificate in Paediatric Endocrinology from the European Society of Paediatric Endocrinology. 

Dr Limbe established the Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes services at the Aga Khan University Medical College, East Africa, leading to improved in-patient care and follow-up of children with diabetes and endocrine disorders.  She also introduced newborn screening for congenital hypothyroidism at the hospital. Her main area of interest is growth and development. 

Dr. Limbe has been involved in the Paediatrics Residency Programme from its inception, initially as part-time and subsequently as full time faculty. She has supervised a number of dissertations by the residents and is in charge of the department’s residency mentorship programme. She is a member of the Kenya Paediatric Association (KPA), Kenya Medical Association (KMA), African Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Endocrinology (ASPAE), European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology (ESPE), International Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD).​


Dr Isaac Kihurani, MBChB, MMed (Paeds), Fellowship (Paediatric Emergency Care)
​Senior Instructor

Dr Isaac Kihurani is a member of faculty in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at the Aga Khan University Medical College, East Africa. He is involved in the training of post-graduate residents on Paediatric Emergency and Critical Care. He is a graduate of the University of Nairobi with an MBChB degree in 1998 and a MMed degree in Paediatrics and Child Health from Aga Khan University in 2010.

Dr Kihurani was the pioneer fellow in Paediatric Emergency Care at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa, University of Cape Town, a training he undertook between 2012 and 2013. He is now a Consultant Paediatrician with sub-specialisation in Paediatric Emergency and Critical Care.

Dr Kihurani has also been engaged in the training of numerous health care workers in Kenya, Uganda, South Africa and the United Kingdom on paediatric resuscitation for over thirteen years through various courses such as PALS, EPLS, NLS, APLS (SA), PLS (SA), EPALS, GIC, PILS and CALS (US) both as an Instructor as well as a Course Director. He is also engaged with training on disaster and mass casualty management for the last five years both at AKUHN as well as other Centre’s in Kenya. He is a member of the Kenya Paediatric Association (KPA), Resuscitation Council UK (RCUK) as well as the Critical Care Society of Kenya (CCSK).

Dr Kihurani has been the Chair of the Departmental Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Committee (DQIPS) at the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health in the Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi for five years now. In this role, he has helped to coordinate quality improvement initiatives as well as address patient safety concerns in the Department of Paediatrics alongside other department leadership. This has been instrumental towards the hospital acquiring and maintaining its JCIA status as well as ISO certification.


Dr Elizabeth Kiragu, MBChB, MMed (Paeds), Fellowship (Paediatric Allergy)
Clinical Senior Instructor

Dr Elizabeth Kiragu is a Consultant Paediatrician at the Aga Khan University Medical College, East Africa. She attended the University of Nairobi and attained her undergraduate degree in 2005 and her Masters in Paediatrics and Child Health in 2012. She completed a 2-year fellowship at the University of Cape Town in South Africa and attained a Diploma in Allergy in 2016, and a Certificate in Paediatric Allergy in 2017. Currently, she is working towards establishing a comprehensive allergy management services within the Paediatric Department, Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi. 

Dr Kiragu has special interest in food allergies, asthma and increasing awareness about allergies in children. She is a member of the Kenya Paediatric Association, Allergy Association of Kenya, European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and the European Respiratory Society. She was awarded the Eugene Weinberg medal for best candidate in the Allergy Diploma 2016 examinations by the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa.


Dr Syama Sinuff, MBChB, DCH, MRCPCH, Fellowship (Paediatric Hemato-oncology)  
Clinical Senior Instructor

Dr Syama Sinuff is a Consultant Paediatrician at the Aga Khan University Medical College, East Africa. She attended the University of Sheffield and graduated in 1997. She received a diploma in child health (DCH) from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in London, as well as MRCPCH (Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health London), Fellowship (Paediatric Haematology/Oncology) from the University of Alberta and certificate in Paediatric Emergency Medicine from University of Edinburgh. She is also the section head of the Paediatric Casualty.  

She has been awarded a grant to study lead poisoning from used lead batteries in children from informal settings. She has a special interest in quality improvement processes, global health and accident prevention. She was nominated as hero Paediatrician by the still a mum organization and also received an award for Academic Leadership from the University of Alberta.  


Dr Waceke Ng'anga Kombe, MBChB, MMed (Paeds)
Senior Instructor

Dr Waceke Nganga Kombe is a paediatric gastroenterologist and the current Programme Director for the Master of Medicine Programme in Paediatrics and Child Health at the Aga Khan University Medical College, East Africa. Her mission is to provide quality paediatric and gastroenterology services and instill correct knowledge, skills and competencies to the residents that she instructs. 

She completed her MBChB training at University of Nairobi in 2002 and Master of Medicine in Paediatrics and Child Health at the same university in 2010. She did a two-year fellowship in Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Red Cross War Memorial Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa and obtained a sub-specialty certificate from the College of Medicine of South Africa in 2015. 

Her research interests are on hepatitis B, food allergy, inflammatory bowel disease in Africa and functional GI disorders and their interaction with the microbiota. She is an active member of the Kenya Paediatric Association (KPA) and Allergy Society of Kenya (ASK), where she serves on the executive committee.  She is also a corresponding member of the European Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN) and a recipient of the 2013 ESPGHAN fellowship scholarship award, and an ESPGHAN travel award in 2016. ​


Dr Wahu Gitakah, MBChB, MMed (Paeds), Dip (Paediatric Gastroenterology)
Senior Instructor

Dr Wahu is a Consultant Paediatrician at the Aga Khan University Medical College, East Africa. She completed her undergraduate training at the University of Nairobi in 1992, followed by a MMed degree in Pediatrics and Child Health in 2006. She also completed a postgraduate Diploma in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition from the University of Cape Town School of Child and Adolescent Health in 2013. With a keen interest in Infectious disease, Dr Wahu completed a Diploma in Pediatric Infectious Diseases from the University of Oxford in 2016. 

Her current areas of teaching are on infectious syndromes, therapeutics and infection control, bacterial, viral, fungal and prion infections, the immunocompromised host and HIV, tropical diseases, protozoa and mycobacterial diseases, travel medicine, immunization and vaccines.

Dr Wahu’s research interests are in global health and various aspects of paediatric infectious diseases especially vaccinology and the immunosuppressed child.


Dr Grace Mbatia MBChB, MMed, Fellowship (Paediatric Oncology &Transplant)
Clinical Senior Instructor

Dr Grace Mbatia is a full-time faculty at the Aga Khan University Medical College, East Africa. She trained in joint Paediatric Oncology Program at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Boston Children’s Hospital, Institutions of Harvard Medical School and the Children’s Cancer Hospital in Cairo, Egypt.

Prior to this, she spent two years at the Kenyatta National Hospital volunteering to support academic and clinical services in Pediatric Hemato-onclogy. In addition, she has carried out clinical and health-systems research in the areas of Child Health and Paediatric HIV while working in USAID and WHO-funded projects at the University of Nairobi’s Department of Paediatrics and the Network of AIDS Researchers of East and Southern Africa. 

Her interests include medical education, optimizing paediatric oncology care in resource-constrained settings. She is an active member of the Kenya Paediatic Association (KPA) and the American Society of Pediatric Hemato-oncology (ASPH).