Meet Bulamu Healthcare’s Leadership Team
We’re led by an active Board of Directors (BOD), an engaged Bulamu Advisory Council (BAC) with extensive international healthcare and nonprofit experience, and a growing program team in our Entebbe, Uganda, office.
Bulamu Healthcare Board of Directors
The Bulamu Board of Directors meets quarterly and sets strategy, provides governance, administers finances, secures funding, and oversees program activities in Uganda.
Richard Chandler, MBA
Board Chair and Chief Executive Officer
Dick Chandler was a director of Bulamu Healthcare and became Board Chair and CEO in May 2017, when co-founder Jim Balassone suddenly passed away. Since 2003, Dick has operated a management consulting firm, R. H. Chandler Co., working with a variety of companies in healthcare and technology. He also has been an adjunct professor at the University of California, Irvine, and the University of Montana, where he teaches MBA courses in business strategy, entrepreneurship, negotiations, and CEO leadership.
In Dick’s management career, he was CEO of three healthcare companies: Abbey Medical (1977-1982), which operated a nationwide chain of home medical equipment stores; Sunrise Medical (1983-1999), a NYSE-listed global manufacturer of wheelchairs, respiratory equipment, and other medical devices, which he founded in 1983; and Freedom Scientific (2000-2002), a market leader in technology products for the blind. Earlier, he held management positions with Bell & Howell Co. and Sara Lee Corporation. Chandler graduated from Princeton University with a BA in history, earned an MBA in marketing from the University of Chicago, and was awarded a License (Masters) in International Economics from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium.
Watch a video of Dick at a Bulamu Supercamp in Uganda.
Richard Siegler, MA
President and Director
Richard Siegler has worked in developing countries in East and West Africa for more than a decade since 2004. After graduating from NYU with honors in 2004, Richard served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Benin from 2004 to 2007, initially as a Volunteer and then as a Volunteer Leader in his last year. After earning an MA at UC-Davis, he moved to Rwanda as a university lecturer and Fulbright Scholar. He then joined Bridge2Rwanda as a teacher and co-founder of its Scholars Program, where he served in multiple roles from 2011 to 2017. During that time, this NGO prepared more than 230 outstanding servant leaders from Rwanda, Burundi, DR-Congo, Liberia and South Sudan to accept $55 million in university scholarships in the U.S., a more than 10x increase compared to the 2005-09 period.
Richard grew up in a medically oriented family, the son of a physician and professor at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. While with the Peace Corps in Benin, he raised funding and built a medical clinic in a rural area of 25,000 people that lacked access to health care. He has also lectured on public healthcare issues with a focus on global health equity.
John Schniedwind, MBA, CFA
Chief Financial Officer and Director
John Schniedwind is a seasoned investment professional with over 25 years of experience managing a variety of investment strategies for institutional and retail clients. Since joining the Bulamu board in 2015, he has handled the organization’s legal, financial and administrative matters. For 15 years he served as Senior Vice President of American Century Investments in Mountain View, CA with oversight of a $7 billion equities portfolio. Prior to that, he was Senior VP for Research at Benham Management Company, also in Mountain View. John began his career as a management consultant with Arthur Andersen and Company.
John earned his MBA from the University of California, Berkeley after BS and MS degrees in industrial engineering from Purdue University. He also holds key volunteer positions with several other non-profit organizations, including serving as board and finance committee member of the Peninsula Open Space Trust and board member of the Channing House Retirement Community in Palo Alto, CA.
Ronald Ariagno, MD
Dr. Ronald Ariagno is Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine, where he has been on the faculty since 1975. Ron has conducted extensive research, published numerous articles and is a recognized expert in neonatal and perinatal health issues and the causes of infant mortality. In 2009, he received the Neonatal Education Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Currently, he is serving as neonatology consultant to the US Food and Drug Administration in the Office of Pediatric Therapeutics. Ron’s experience in third world healthcare issues includes visiting professorships at the King Edward Memorial Hospital in Pune, India, and the University of Nairobi, Kenya. He received his medical degree from University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago and pediatric training at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital in Chicago. His neonatology fellowship was at the University of California San Francisco and Children’s Hospital of San Francisco.
Andrew Griffin, MD, FACC, FAAP
Dr. Andrew Griffin is a pediatric cardiologist who has now practiced medicine for more than 50 years. His academic concerns relate to the interplay of critical care medicine, economics, and medical ethics, increasingly important as health care undergoes its current evolution. He has practiced with the University of Illinois for more than a decade and has also served as the Chief of Pediatric Cardiology at Loyola School of Medicine and Rush University.
He is the past chairperson of Pediatrics at Advocate/Illinois Masonic, and was Director of the Heart Institute for Children at Hope Children’s Hospital prior to his return to the University of Illinois. Since he retired from his full-time practice in 2019, Andrew’s long-term interest in health equity and global health have brought him to join Bulamu’s board and support the organization’s work to improve healthcare for those most in need. Prior to joining Bulamu’s board, Andrew visited Uganda and volunteered at one of our medical camps. He attended the University of Notre Dame, followed by the University of Chicago for medical school, and completed his residency in Pediatrics and fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology at the University of Chicago in 1971.
Robert King, Jr., MBA
Bob King currently serves as Executive Vice President – Partner Strategy, Collegis Education, responsible for strategic partnerships and business development for the organization. He began his career in higher education at DePauw University 25 years ago, where he served as an admissions representative for the school. Since then, he has spent most of his career in higher education. He has served both on the school administrator side as well as in various organizations focused on supporting higher education. An entrepreneur at heart, King joined Rasmussen, Inc. in 2003 to oversee both the Rasmussen College and Deltak marketing teams. Over the course of 10 years, he helped Rasmussen grow enrollment from 1,800 per year to 15,000 per year. He is one of the founders of Collegis Education, where he developed the innovative revenue growth strategies that have helped numerous educational institutions significantly increase their enrollments. He has a BA from DePauw University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University. He is looking forward to visiting Bulamu’s programs in Uganda in the future and to helping to build Bulamu’s vision for improving healthcare through data and management.
Volker Kuebler, MBA, PhD
Volker Kuebler is a seasoned executive with extensive international business experience across all regions of the globe. Most recently, he has held executive and consulting positions with technology start-ups focusing on semantic artificial intelligence, machine learning, and mega-data mining. He is currently COO at Intellisophic/Linkapedia, a technology firm in semantic artificial Intelligence. Previously he held senior operating positions in data mining and with retailing giant Aldi, the owner of Trader Joe’s. He has authored numerous publications, including a monograph entitled “Market Entry Strategies for Data-Mining Firms into Chinese Markets.” Volker earned his MBA from the University of Chicago and PhD in international business and social science from the University of Heidelberg. A native of Germany who speaks five languages, Volker is also a Rotary Club member, which has taken a strong interest in Bulamu.
Dr. Patrick Kyamanywa, MB.ChB, MMed (Surgery), MPH, FCS (ECSA), FHEA (UK)
Dr. Patrick Kyamanywa is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Professor of General Surgery at the Kampala International University (Western Campus) in Uganda. Previously, he served as Executive Director, University Teaching Hospital and Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at KIU. He holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB,ChB) and a Master of Surgery from Makerere University, a Diploma in Business Administration (Human Resource Management) from the College of Professional Management in Jersey-UK, a Master of Public Health from the University of Leeds, and a PCAP in Academic Practice from York St. John University in the UK.
Patrick is an editorial member for the COSECSA East, Central and Southern Africa Journal of Surgery, and an Examiner and Member of the Curriculum Committee at the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa. While at KIU since 2015, he has driven fundamental change in medical and health sciences program delivery using a Private-Public Partnership approach with the Ministry of Health, local governments, and other stakeholders. He is an active player in global health and a researcher on medical education and injury control.
Bonnie Ng is a Chartered Accountant (Canadian equivalent of CPA) currently serving as Director of Revenue Accounting at Facebook. In that role she oversees the revenue controllership function for more than $60 billion in annual revenue, supporting business growth with a focus on sound internal controls, scalable finance operations, and large-scale automation. Previously Bonnie spent 10 years in various finance leadership roles at Google, most recently as International Controller for their advertising revenue business. Earlier positions included AdSense Global Controller and Finance Senior Manager in Google’s M&A division performing due diligence reviews and negotiating financial deal terms on technology acquisitions.
Early in her career, Bonnie worked as an auditor at KPMG, starting in their Vancouver, Canada office before moving to San Francisco. While there she developed a specialty in transaction accounting and cross-border deals in the technology sector. In addition to her extensive experience in finance and accounting, Bonnie brings a great heart for the poor in East Africa. To improve her understanding of Bulamu’s Uganda operations, she attended our November 2019 Supercamp in Masindi before joining the board of directors.
Christine Russell, MBA
Christine Russell has been a financial executive in technology businesses in Silicon Valley for over twenty-five years, while also serving as a director of public and private venture-backed tech companies. She is currently CFO of PDF Solutions, a software provider for semiconductor companies. She was CFO of UniPixel, Inc. (Nasdaq: UNXL) until its recent merger.
Previously, she served as CFO of Vendavo, Inc., EAG, Inc., Virage Logic, OuterBay Technologies, Ceva, Inc., Persistence Software, and Cygnus Solutions, most of which merged with larger companies or were sold to private equity. She is a current or former director of three public companies: eGain Corporation, Quick Logic Inc., and Peak International, Ltd. Earlier in her career, she held senior financial positions at Xerox and Measurex (Honeywell). Christine shares a passion for Bulamu’s mission as an early supporter through her friendship with co-founder Jim Balassone. She holds a BA and MBA from Santa Clara University.
Bulamu’s Advisory Council (BAC)
Bulamu’s Advisory Council meets twice a year and provides advice on Bulamu’s strategic direction, operational challenges, partnership opportunities, government relations, and our drive toward sustainability. Members have had in-depth experience in developing world settings as doctors, nurses, NGO executives, consultants, Peace Corps Volunteers, and trainers. The Council meetings provide valuable insights based on their many years of domain experience in providing healthcare and educational services in developing countries.
Travis Bias, DO, MPH, DTM&H, FAAFP
Dr. Travis Bias has taught medicine in the US, Kenya, and Uganda, as well as taught in two schools of public health in the US – the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University and UC-Berkeley. In one case, Travis delivered two public health courses remotely while teaching in Uganda. These experiences inform his writing on and advocacy for stronger health systems. His ultimate goal is to drive system-level change towards health and equity through policy. Travis is currently a Family Medicine physician and Clinical Transformation Consultant within the multidisciplinary Performance Matrix team in 3M’s Health Information Systems division. He has practice experience in employer-based, private (both small and large multi-specialty groups), and telemedicine settings. Outside of work, Travis is a member of the California Academy of Family Physicians, a former Trustee with the Texas Medical Association, and a member of the San Francisco Committee of Human Rights Watch. He also enjoys traveling, running, hiking, and playing tennis.
Pauline Byakika, MSc, MMed, PhD
Dr. Pauline Byakika is a physician, epidemiologist, academic, and researcher. She is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Chair of the Department of Medicine at Makerere University College of Health Sciences (MakCHS). She received her master’s degree in Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics in 2000, and master’s degree in Medicine in 2002 from Makerere University. She earned her doctorate in Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacokinetics from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland in 2012, and completed her postdoctoral studies in 2014.
Pauline is an active researcher and the Director of Research and chair of the Scientific Review Committee at the Department of Medicine, where she coordinates research activities and supervises students’ projects. She has successfully written and managed research grants both as Principal Investigator and co-investigator, with over 40 papers published in peer-reviewed journals. She is a member of the Accreditation Committee for Research Ethics Committees in Uganda, fellow of Uganda Academy of Sciences, and consultant for the Ministry of Health and partners for Malaria and HIV/AIDS Control. At a regional level, Pauline is a Commissioner of the East African Health Research Commission.
Christopher A. Crane, MBA
Chris Crane is Chairman and Co-Founder of Edify.org, a nonprofit social enterprise that makes small business loans to Christ-centered schools educating impoverished children in Africa and Latin America. Edify has loaned $18 million to 1,600 schools since its first loan in 2010. From 2002 to 2009, he served as President/CEO of Opportunity International, the world’s largest faith-based microfinance organization with 10,000 direct and indirect staff. During this time, Opportunity grew from 375,000 clients to 1.5 million active clients. Private donations, the primary revenue source, grew from $8 million to $51 million, a compound annual growth rate of 30%.
Before entering the NGO world, Chris had a successful business career as president and CEO of COMPS InfoSystems, Inc., a digital publisher of real estate information that he acquired in 1991, took public in 1999, and sold soon thereafter. He was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in San Diego. He earned a BA degree from Boston College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Rebecca DeBoer, MD, MA
Dr. Rebecca (Becky) DeBoer is a medical oncologist at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. She received her BA in Human Biology from Stanford and joint MD/MA in Medical Humanities and Bioethics from Northwestern. As a medical student, Becky conducted a qualitative study in India about cancer treatment decision-making and research participation, which ultimately inspired her master’s thesis, “The Ethics of Global Cancer Care and Control.” She completed internal medicine residency at the University of Chicago and clinical ethics fellowship at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. After residency, she worked as an oncology clinician at Butaro Hospital in Rwanda with Partners In Health for two years. During oncology fellowship at UCSF, Becky conducted implementation science and ethics research in Rwanda and Tanzania with support from the Fogarty GloCal Health Fellowship and a grant from the Greenwall Foundation. Becky remains involved in clinical accompaniment, research, and oncology capacity-building projects at Butaro Hospital in Rwanda and at Ocean Road Cancer Institute in Tanzania.
Mary Dunne, MD
Dr. Mary “Mimi” Dunne is an award-winning physician with 30 years of clinical leadership and program development, with experience in academic, community, federal, and underserved population settings. She is a pioneer in end-of-life care in New York State and is passionate about opportunities for growth and development, even at the end of life. A leader in palliative medicine in New York’s Hudson Valley, she is engaged in innovation to address suffering and improve the care of the dying. She is currently partnering with colleagues in Rwanda to develop a framework for palliative care family meetings that will be relevant to local culture, as well as globally useful. In addition, she is passionate about global health and is a mentor to young African students pursuing higher education in North America, including those pursuing medicine. Mimi graduated from Saint Louis University School of Medicine and completed her residency at the University of Chicago. She is board-certified in Emergency Medicine, Hospice & Palliative Medicine, and trained in Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction. She has contributed studies, articles, and book chapters on Emergency Medicine, Palliative Medicine, and Global Health. She is currently a Distinguished Career Institute (DCI) fellow at Stanford University.
Trent Fuenmayor, MBA
Trent Fuenmayor currently serves on the contact tracing team for COVID-19 with Partners In Health, with a focus on multiple states in the U.S. Previously, Trent worked in project management and change execution for a variety of NGOs in East Africa, where he lived for six years, and in the Middle East. He was Director of Development for the Irene Gleeson Foundation in Uganda from 2013 to 2015 and then served two years as Acting Country Director of Tutapona Trauma Rehabilitation in Uganda and Iraq. Most recently, he has been a Senior Management Associate Intern at Bridgewater Associates, working on their change management team. Trent holds a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University, majoring in Religion and African Studies. He received his MBA from the Yale School of Management with an emphasis on organizational leadership and social enterprise, as well as a Master of Arts in Religion at the Yale Divinity School.
Moses Galukande, MMed, PhD
Dr. Moses Galukande is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery in the School of Medicine, Makerere University College of Health Sciences. He completed both a Bachelor’s in Surgery and Master of Medicine in Surgery at Makerere University. He is a founder fellow of the College of Surgeons in East Central & Southern Africa and pursued a Master of Science Health Professions Education at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Moses completed his PhD fellowship with Makerere University, Wolfson College at Cambridge University (Sanger Institute) as a Visiting Scholar. For this fellowship, he researched breast cancer among Ugandan women, their molecular subtypes, delays in diagnosis, risk factors and survival. His other research interests include trauma, access to health care, and health professions education.
Moses regularly supervises both undergraduate and postgraduate thesis research projects in general surgery and related disciplines. He is past chair of the Quality Assurance Committee for the Makerere College of Health Sciences. He oversees surgical services, education and research for international medical group. He is past Chair of the International Health Sciences University Council and current Council Chair of Clarke International University. He has published over 120 papers in peer-reviewed journals on various aspects of surgery and medical education.
Djordje (Djo) Gikic, MD, MPH
Dr. Djordje (Djo) Gikic is a public health physician with 20 years of experience, most recently serving on the Independent Review Committee that evaluates country funding requests for Gavi, the global public-private alliance for vaccine research. He works with the Belgian government bilateral agency Enabel as health strategy and policy advisor and managing the Results-Based Financing scheme. After graduating from medical school in Geneva, Djo moved to Baltimore where he completed a residency in family medicine followed by earning a Master of Public Health and a preventive medicine fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. After working with the World Bank on health reform and WHO on immunization, he then joined the management consulting firm McKinsey, where he worked for a range of government and private clients on health financing and health reform/insurance questions. About ten years ago, he moved to Rwanda to serve as Country Director for Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), working on health system strengthening, especially the Human Resources for Health program. After a few years, he helped a Partners In Health affiliate, Pivot, establish a new branch in Madagascar with the objective of building a model health district. Djo’s broad African public health experience also includes working on health resource tracking in Ethiopia.
Gavin Hartman, MD
Dr. Gavin Hartman is currently an anesthesiologist with the Reno-Tahoe Anesthesia Group in Nevada. Previously, he was a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Stanford University. He gained international experience in healthcare services and clinical research in Malawi, Uganda and Mexico. In Malawi, Gavin was a Peace Corps Volunteer working on HIV/AIDS prevention and education, child and maternal health, and with the under-five population along with the Malawian Ministry of Health.
In Uganda, he worked at Mulago Hospital as a pediatrician in the Resuscitation Room and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. While a medical student, he led mobile free primary care health clinics in rural Mexico in the State of Veracruz. Gavin earned his MD degree at the University of Missouri, following laboratory and teaching positions in human physiology at Colorado State University Department of Biomedical Sciences. He helped organize Bulamu’s first medical camp in February 2016 and served on the Bulamu Board of Directors in 2016-17.
Marc Manashil, MSW, MPA
Marc Manashil has had 25 years of experience developing innovative programs in the nonprofit and philanthropic arena. Currently he is co-founder and principal of 11plus Philanthropy, a consultancy that assists nonprofits in addressing leadership challenges, while he also serves as Adjunct Lecturer at the NYU Silver School of Social Work. Earlier, he was US Executive Director of MUSO, an African NGO that has developed an innovative, proactive approach to end preventable child mortality in Mali. Marc spent ten years as co-founder and executive director of The Clarence Foundation, which established giving circles and provided grants and assistance to NGOs throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America. Marc began his career as a social worker, with a master’s degree from UC Berkeley, which he later followed up with a Master’s in Public Administration at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
Margaret Nakakeeto, M.B.Ch.B, MMed Ped
Dr. Margaret Nakakeeto is a consultant neonatal pediatrician to partners of the Ministry of Health of Uganda, including UNICEF, RHITES-N, and CHAI, among others. She currently supports both CHAI’s partnership with Uganda, and USAID RHITES-N, where she works to build sustainable responsive systems for newborn survival. She has been involved in various research projects on newborn health issues especially premature babies from disadvantaged and other vulnerable communities, children and women, and has published her work in international scholarly journals. Her professional interests include lecturing, leadership, and management in medical educational institutions. Margaret served as the Head of Pediatrics and Neonatology Department, Kibuli Muslim hospital from 2015 to 2018; Head of the Neonatal Unit, Kampala Hospital, Kololo from 2010 to 2014; and Director of Neonatology, Kampala Children’s Hospital (KCH) from 2004 to 2007. She holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MB,ChB) from Makerere University, a Master’s of Medicine in Pediatrics from Makerere University, and has completed a fellowship in Neonatology at UC-San Diego in California.
Annet Alenyo Ngabirano, M.B.Ch.B, EMDM, MMedEM
Dr. Annet Alenyo Ngabirano is an emergency medicine physician based in Kampala. Previously, she worked as an Emergency Medicine Registrar in the Department of Health for the Western Cape in South Africa. Prior to this, Annet worked as Medical Officer, Intensive Care Unit, Mulago National Referral Hospital in Kampala from 2011 to 2014; as Medical Officer, Africa Air Rescue (AAR) in Kampala from 2009 to 2010; and as Medical Officer, Basic Surgical Centre in Kampala.
Annet holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBchB) from Mbarara University in Uganda, a European Master’s in Disaster Medicine (EMDM) from Universita del Piemonte Orientale in Italy, and Master of Medicine in Emergency Medicine (MMedEM), Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa. She completed a Disaster Resilience Leadership Fellowship, Makerere University School of Public Health and Tulane University Disaster Resilience Academy, and Fellowships with the College of Emergency Medicine of South Africa (FCEM SA), Colleges of Medicine of South Africa (CMSA). Annet is a published researcher and serves as the president of the Emergency Care Society of Uganda.
Leslie Nielsen, RN
Leslie Nielsen has lived in Uganda for the last 18 years while holding jobs that address healthcare challenges in many African countries. Currently she is Clinical Project Manager supporting NIAID Ebola initiative PREVAIL in Monrovia, Liberia. Previously she spent ten years working in HIV prevention research as Director of African Partnerships for the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI). Leslie has been instrumental in securing major contracts with USAID, PEPFAR, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnerships. At a regional level in East Africa, she established a consortium of organizations to address primary healthcare needs in marginalized and vulnerable Lake Victoria fishing communities and has worked extensively with the Uganda Ministry of Health on health systems strengthening initiatives. Earlier in her career, Leslie was a practicing RN for 15 years and managed a pediatric HIV clinic at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. She also spent two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger working on a maternal-child health and nutrition project in a rural village. She earned her nursing degree from Southern Vermont State College.
Scott Sabin, MA
Since 1995, Scott Sabin has served as the Executive Director of Plant With Purpose (PWP), an international Christian organization that empowers the poor in rural areas around the world where poverty is caused by deforestation. During that time the organization has grown from a single program in one country to include a staff of over 200 foresters, agronomists, pastors and facilitators in seven countries, including Tanzania, Burundi, and DR Congo.
PWP has empowered farmers in more than 600 communities to plant over 26 million trees. Through journal articles, public speaking and through his book, Tending to Eden, Scott has become an advocate for reforestation as a key component of sustainable community development around the world. Prior to working for Plant With Purpose, he served for seven years in the Navy. He holds a BS in Political Science from Oregon State University and an MA in International Relations from the University of San Diego.
Elizabeth (Libby) Schaefer, MD, MPH
Dr. Libby Schaefer is a primary care physician in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco. After attending Harvard Medical School, Libby completed a four year residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital, along with an Internship in Family Medicine at UCSF, Santa Rosa. She received her MPH in global health from the Harvard School of Public Health and worked as an Attending Physician at Brigham and Women’s within the Departments of General Internal Medicine and Global Health.
Previously, Libby worked with Partners In Health in Rwanda as both a medical student and resident and with PIH in Haiti as a resident. She has also worked with the Himalayan Health Exchange in Northern India, in The Gambia, West Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer, and within inpatient medicine and pediatrics in La Paz, Bolivia, and Beijing. Libby is delighted to be supporting Bulamu’s mission of improving healthcare for the poor in Africa and continuing to build on her experience in Global Health.
John Sekabira MBChB, MMed, FCS
Dr. Sekabira is the leading pediatric surgeon in Uganda, the head of pediatric surgery at Mulago National Referral Hospital, and since 2015 he has served as the president of the Association of Surgeons of Uganda. His career as a Pediatric Surgeon at Mulago National Referral and Teaching hospital spans 20 years, with experience in clinical, teaching, and research activities. As current head of the Paediatric Surgical Unit, he has taken a keen interest in neonatal surgery, paediatric oncology, and general paediatric surgery. Many of the achievements in neonatal surgery have been illustrated through reported outcomes of neonatal surgery.
Two examples are the mortality rate for gastroschisis, which has decreased from 100% to 80%, and that for intestinal atresia, which has decreased from 80% to 40%. In paediatric oncology, he initiated the creation of a multidisciplinary pediatric tumour board within the Uganda Cancer Institute, which has greatly improved management of children with cancer. In the area of teaching, he has helped to revise the post-graduate curriculum for general surgery. Dr. Sekabira’s interests in service work have led to the Association of Surgeons of Uganda building a network of several hundred surgeons who participate in surgical camps periodically, a model and network that will inform and support Bulamu’s work over time.
Timothy Sentongo MBChB and Mirika Sentongo MBChB, MPH
Dr. Timothy and Dr. Mirika Sentongo are married Ugandan physicians who are currently based in Chicago, while returning to Uganda regularly. Both graduated from Makerere University for their medical degrees. Timothy is an Associate Professor at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, where he practices medicine as a pediatric gastroenterologist. He specializes in GI problems impacting growth and nutrition in infants, children and adolescents. He has a particular interest in children with chronic illnesses such as short bowel syndrome, food intolerances, feeding problems and cystic fibrosis, which can lead to impaired growth and require specialized nutrition support and gastrointestinal care. Dr. Sentongo’s research focuses on improving treatment and therapies for children and adolescents with short bowel syndrome, parenteral nutrition (TPN), eosinophilic esophagitis, growth problems and nutritional deficiencies. When in Uganda, Timothy lectures and engages in other volunteer activities that relate to his specialty areas and is looking forward to getting more involved in Bulamu’s work.
Mirika Sentongo focuses on health systems and quality improvement, currently in the phlebotomy practice at MacNeil Hospital outside of Chicago. She has an MPH in addition to her medical degree and engages regularly on public health and health systems issues in her community in both the U.S. and Uganda. In Uganda, she led the push to train women in the Mama Care approach to breast self-exams, among other initiatives that she has supported. Mirika is licensed to practice medicine in Uganda and is looking forward to serving with Bulamu’s team there in the year ahead.
JaBaris Swain, MD, MPH
Dr. JaBaris Swain attended the University of Georgia, earning a Bachelor of Science degree with honors. He attended the Medical College of Georgia, after which he began general surgery residency at Morehouse School of Medicine. Upon completing PGY-2, JaBaris exited clinical training and joined the translational research lab of Dr. Charles Bridges as an NIH postdoctoral research fellow. He next continued his clinical training in Boston at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School.
At the Brigham, JaBaris completed one year as a junior clinical fellow in cardiovascular intensive care, earned his MPH at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, and spent one year abroad in Rwanda, studying outcomes of cardiac surgery in kids and adolescents, while serving as a research advisor to the Rwandan Ministry of Health in the area of cardiovascular disease. He completed the general surgery residency at the Brigham and matched into the cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he remained for an additional year of advanced fellowship. Throughout his training, JaBaris has remained committed to humanitarian cardiac surgery and public health by returning to Rwanda annually to provide cardiovascular care, including surgery, to young adults and adolescents. He plans to visit Uganda in 2020 and familiarize himself with Bulamu operations.
Yvonne Vaucher, MD, MPH
Dr. Yvonne Vaucher recently retired as a full-time attending, board-certified neonatologist at the University of California, San Diego, where she directed the High-Risk Infant Neurodevelopment Follow-Up program for more than 25 years. In 1993, Yvonne obtained an MPH in International Health from Johns Hopkins, and she continues to be actively involved with study design and epidemiologic data analysis within her academic Neonatology Division at UCSD.
Since 1998, Yvonne has been a neonatal/perinatal consultant for the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health at Makerere University/Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda, the national referral and professional training center for the country. She travels annually for 5-6 weeks to Uganda where she works closely with the residents, medical staff and nursing staff in the Special Care Baby Units (NICUs) at Mulago Hospital and Kawempe Referral to improve survival and quality of care. Kawempe Hospital is now the major obstetrical service and teaching hospital for Makerere University, with more than 30,000 deliveries per year, resulting in 3500 neonatal intensive care admissions. She also works with the District Hospitals in Northern and rural Uganda to develop newborn care facilities and with local communities to improve neonatal outcomes at all levels of care.
Peter Waiswa MBChB, MPH, PhD
Dr. Peter Waiswa is an Associate Professor of Health Policy Planning and Management of the School of Public Health at Makerere University. He has trained in medicine (Mbarara University, Uganda), in Public Health (Hebrew University, Israel), and completed a PhD and Postdoc (joint Makerere University and Karolinska Institutet, Sweden). In 2020, Peter was appointed as one of 30 experts globally to advise the Director General of the WHO on Maternal and Child Health issues.
Peter is a leading African academic with over one hundred publications. He is also part of advocacy efforts especially to advance maternal, newborn and child health in the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) era. These efforts have contributed to the UN’s Ending Preventable Maternal Death and Disability strategy and the Every Newborn Action Plan (ENAP) which are driving global policies with impact at scale up. He is co-lead of the EN-INDEPTH five countries study that is further validating how to measure these indicators in health systems in low and middle income countries. He was the Principle Investigator (PI) for the Saving Mothers Giving Life (SMGL) project in Uganda that achieved a 40% reduction in maternal deaths. This experience was adapted into the Uganda National Plan for maternal, newborn and child health reduction, and the same strategy is being used in Nigeria and other countries at scale.
Among other initiatives, he started the Makerere University Maternal Newborn and Child Health Centre of Excellence and the INDEPTH Network Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Research Group. Dr. Waiswa has participated regularly in advisory roles to WHO, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, International Pediatric Association, East African Community, African Academy of Sciences, and more.
Stefanie Weiland, MSc
Stefanie Weiland has had wide ranging experience in international development and global health organizations, moving into increasingly responsible leadership positions across Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe. She is currently Executive Vice President of Programs for American Leprosy Missions in charge of their global operations. For eight years prior she worked for LifeNet International, an NGO that provides clinic management services to private health facilities in central Africa. She began her career there as Country Manager in Burundi, and after four years was promoted to Executive Director of LifeNet in the U.S., managing a global team and scaling impact from ten clinics in one country in Africa to 130 clinics in four countries, including Uganda.
Stefanie received her BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and her MS in Development Studies from The London School of Economics. She has also studied at the U.S. Air Force Academy and received a certificate in development management from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. She is currently pursuing a MS in Public Health from The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Stefanie’s background is especially relevant as Bulamu expands the Health Center Excellence management program to government health facilities across Uganda.