Charles Olweny

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Charles Olweny
Born (1944-01-01) 1 January 1944 (age 70)
Tororo, Uganda
Residence Nkozi, Mpigi District
Nationality Ugandan
Ethnicity Jopadhola
Citizenship Uganda
Education Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)
Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
Master of Medicine in Internal Medicine (MMed)
Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP)
Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Sydney
Occupation Physician, researcher, academic
Years active 1971 – present
Known for Medical practice & research
Home town Tororo
Title Professor of Medicine & Vice-Chancellor, Uganda Martyrs University
Religion Roman Catholic

Charles Mark Lwanga Olweny is a Ugandan physician, academic and medical researcher. Currently he is a professor of medicine and vice-chancellor at Uganda Martyrs University, based at Nkozi, Mpigi District, in Central Uganda.[1]


He was born in 1944, in Tororo, Tororo District, in Eastern Uganda.[2]


Professor Olweny attended St. Peter's College Tororo for his O-Level education (S1-S4).[3] He attended St. Mary's College Kisubi for his A-Level classes (S5-S6).[4]

In 1961, Olweny entered Makerere University School of Medicine, the oldest medical school in Uganda and East Africa, which was founded in 1924.,[5] graduating with the degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB), in 1966. Later, he obtained the degree of Master of Medicine in Internal Medicine (MMed). He followed that with the degree of Doctor of Medicine (MD), all from Makerere University. Olweny's chosen speciality is medical oncology. In 1982, Olweny travelled to Australia and, while there, he studied for and was awarded the degree of Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, based in Sydney.

Work experience[edit]

Charles Olweny served as the director of the Uganda Cancer Institute, from 1972 until 1982. Under his stewardship, the team of Ugandan medical researchers that he led were the first group to demonstrate that liver cancer could be successfully treated with chemotherapy using the drug doxorubicin, which is still the mainstay of treatment for liver cancer today. They were also able to confirm that Burkitt lymphoma could be cured with a high dose of chemotherapy and showed that the same was true for childhood Hodgkin disease. They documented the incidence of endemic Kaposi sarcoma in children and conducted clinical trials on how to treat it.[6]

During the same timeframe, Olweny served – first as a lecturer, then senior lecturer and later as professor of Medicine – in the Faculty of Internal Medicine, at Makerere University School of Medicine, serving as head of department, from 1979 until 1982. While in Australia, during the 1980s, he served as clinical professor at the Department of Medicine & Surgery, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia. He also served as senior director for Medical Oncology, Cancer Control Programme, Royal Adelaide Hospital.

In the 1990s, Dr. Olweny migrated to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, to take up appointment as medical oncologist at St. Boniface General Hospital, in Winnipeg. He also served as coordinator, Section of Hematology & Oncology at CancerCare Manitoba,[7] and as an associate staff at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg. He was appointed to his present position in 2006 and assumed office in September of that year.[8][9] Professor Charles Olweny has written over 20 books and over professional articles.[10]

Personal details[edit]

Professor Charles Olweny is married. He and his wife are the parents of five adult children.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Professor Charles Olweny Is Vice Chancellor of Uganda Martyrs University". Uganda Martyrs University. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Nsambu, Jean-Marie (11 June 2006). "Nkozi Gets New Boss". New Vision via Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Owor, Mark (14 July 2007). "St Peters College Tororo Gets New Laboratory". New Vision. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  4. ^ Kavuma, Richard (19 June 2008). "Easy Thursday: Kisubi Sons Come Home". The Observer (Uganda). Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  5. ^ Ninsiima, Rachael (8 September 2013). "Meet The Pioneer of Medical Studies at Makerere University". The Observer (Uganda). Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  6. ^ Savage, Liz. "Former African Cancer Research Powerhouse Makes Plans for a Return to Greatness". Journal of National Cancer Institute (JNCI) Volume 99, Issue 15; Pages 1144–1151: Oxford University Press. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "About CancerCare Manitoba". CancerCare Manitoba. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  8. ^ Green, Andrew (22 July 2012). "Academic Oncologist Brings Altruistic Dynamism To Catholic University". University World News: Issue No:231. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  9. ^ Lubega, Henry (6 October 2013). "Dr. Olweny Went on Leave But Never Returned To Office". Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "East Africa ICT & Higher Education Symposium 2010: Speaker Biographies: Charles Lwanga Mark Olweny". Retrieved 15 April 2014. 

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