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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.