David Serwadda

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David Serwadda
Born (1959-01-01) 1 January 1959 (age 59)
ResidenceMunyonyo, Kampala, Uganda
Alma materMakerere University
(Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery)
(Master of Medicine in Medicine)
Bloomberg School of Public Health
(Master of Science)
(Master of Public Health)
OccupationPhysician, researcher, academic
Years active1984 — present
Known forMedical research
Home townKampala
TitleProfessor of Public Health
Makerere University School of Public Health

David M. Serwadda is a Ugandan physician, medical researcher, academic, public health specialist and medical administrator. Currently he is a Professor of Public Health at Makerere University School of Public Health (MUSPH), one of the schools of Makerere University College of Health Sciences, a semi-autonomous constituent college of Makerere University, the oldest university in Uganda. Serwadda is also a founding member of Accordia Global Health Foundation’s Academic Alliance[1]

Background and education[edit]

He was born in Kampala, Uganda's capital city. Serwadda was educated at Namilyango College, a prestigious,[2] all-boys residential middle and high school (Grades 8 - 13), located in Mukono District, from 1972 until 1977. In 1978, he entered the Makerere University School of Medicine, where he obtained a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, graduating in 1983. He went on to obtain a Master of Medicine degree, specializing in internal medicine, also from Makerere University, in the mid-1980s. He later obtained a Master of Science degree and a Master of Public Health degree, both from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.[3]

Work experience[edit]

In the early 1980s, Serwadda was one of the earliest physicians in Uganda to recognize the new disease that caused patients to lose weight and "slim" down to abnormal chachectic sizes.[4] The new disease, at first called Slim Disease, became known as HIV/AIDS.[5] He has been a leading researcher in the epidemiology of HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. He has published the finding of his research in numerous medical journals and other peer publications. He has attended many national, regional and International conferences as a presenter and/or moderator on the subject matter.[6]

In the 1990s, he was appointed Director of the then Makerere Institute of Public Health. He served in that position until 2007 when he was promoted to the position of Dean, Makerere University School of Public Health, following the elevation of the Institute to a constituent School of Makerere University College of Health Sciences. He later resigned as Dean of the School of Public Health, but he continues to teach and carry out research in his capacity as Professor of Public Health. Serwadda is a Fellow of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences.[7]

Personal details[edit]

Serwadda is married and, by his wife Deborah Serwadda, is the father of three adult children.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ AF, . "Accordia's Academic Alliance: David Serwadda MBChB, MMed, MSc, MPH". Accordia Foundation (AF). Archived from the original on 26 December 2014. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  2. ^ Tegulle, Gawaya (23 March 2012). "Namilyango College: 110 years of excellence". Daily Monitor. Kampala. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  3. ^ JHSPH. "Our People in Uganda: David Serwadda, MBChB, MSc, MMed, MPH – Senior Principal Investigator & Director". Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (JHSPH). Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  4. ^ Serwadda, D. et al (1985) Slim disease: A new disease in Uganda and its associations with HTLV-III infection, The Lancet, Vol.326, Issue. 8460, pp. 849-852
  5. ^ Simpson, Brian W. (2006). "World-Class Research on the "Slim Disease"". Johns Hopkins Public Health Magazine: The Magazine of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Preparing for the Future of HIV/AIDS In Sub-Saharan Africa: A Shared Responsibility - Committee Member Biographical Sketches". National Academy of Sciences. 2011. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  7. ^ UNAS, . "UNAS: Fellow Profile". Uganda National Academy of Science (UNAS). Retrieved 27 December 2014.

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