Message from the Chairman
Prof Angela Amayo, MBChB, MMed, Human Pathology (university of Nairobi)
The Department of Human Pathology is the leading centre of Pathology training in the region. Over the years, the Department has played a key role in teaching of undergraduates in the disciplines of Medicine, (MBChB), Pharmacy (BPharm), Dental Sciences (BDS), Nursing Sciences (BSc Nursing) and more recently BSc in Medical Laboratory Sciences and Technology (BSc. MLST). The Department has also offered teaching to postgraduate students taking Surgery (MMED Surgery), Internal Medicine (MMED Medicine) MMED Pediatrics & Child Health and Dental Sciences (MDS).
In recent years Telepathology and other e-learning facilities like I – Path have been added to traditional methods of teaching. This has enhanced and enriched teaching. The high volume and diverse pathology material available at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) makes the Department of Human Pathology the centre of choice for training and research in Pathology
Apart from teaching, the Department provides diagnostic and clinical Services to Kenyatta National Hospital,, Kenya’s largest teaching and referral Hospital. The Department also offers consultancy services to private and Faith Based Hospitals throughout the Republic of Kenya. Staff members are involved in technical assistance to the Ministry of Health in the areas of laboratory accreditation, Blood Transfusion Services and Forensic Pathology
The Department of Pathology has four (4) Thematic units each one headed by a unit head. The 4 thematic Units are:Unit of Anatomic Pathology which also including Forensic Pathology -Dr. Emily Rogena; Unit of Clinical Chemistry - Mr. Francis Maina; Unit of Immunology -Dr. Chistopher Gontier and Unit of Haematology and Blood Transfusion - Dr. Fatmah K. Abdallah
Apart from supporting other departments in the School of Medicine we offer a Bachelors degree and three Masters postgraduate programs. These programs have attracted students from across the region. Some of our alumni hail from Rwanda, Malawi, Tanzania, the Seychelles and Southern Sudan.
- BSc in Medical Laboratory Sciences & Technology (BSc MLST) a 4 year undergraduate program
- Master of Medicine in Pathology (MMED Pathology): was launched in 1985. This is a 3 year general Pathology course. Due to rapid expansion of knowledge, and especially in the field of molecular biology, curriculum review is at an advanced stage which will increase the course duration to 4 years
- Master of Science in Clinical Cytology (MSc. Cytology) was mounted in 1998 and is a 2 years course. This unique course is the only one of its kind in the region and is gaining popularity due to increasing demand for cancer screening services.
- Masters in Clinical Chemistry, a 2 years course.
There are over 70 Pathologists and 20 Cytopathologists who have graduated from the Department. Many of these graduates are holding senior positions in the Ministry of Health and in the institutions of higher learning in Kenya and beyond.
In addition to the Master’s programs the Department has ongoing PhDs
The teaching staff are experienced and highly qualified in their areas of subspecialization. Majority of the staff are active Fellows or associates of distinguished international professional organizations such as The college of Pathologists’ of East, Central & Southern Africa (COPECSA), The International Network for Cancer Training & Research (INCTR), The Royal College of Pathologists’ of UK (RCPath), The World Federation of Haemophilia (WFH) and The Royal College of Australia.