Nelson Sewankambo

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Nelson Sewankambo
Born 1952 (age 64–65)[1]
Mulago Hospital, Uganda
Residence Kampala, Uganda
Nationality Ugandan
Citizenship Uganda
Alma mater Makerere University
(Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery)
(Master of Medicine in Medicine)
McMaster University
(Master of Science in clinical epidemiology)
(Honorary Doctor of Laws)
Royal College of Physicians
(Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians)
Occupation Physician, researcher, academic administrator
Years active 1978 — present
Known for Medical research, academic administration
Home town Kampala
Title Principal
Makerere University College of Health Sciences

Nelson K. Sewankambo, MBChB, MMed, MSc, FRCP, LLD (Hon), sometimes spelled as Nelson Ssewankambo, is a Ugandan physician, academician, medical researcher, and medical administrator. He is a professor of medicine and principal of the Makerere University College of Health Sciences,[2] a semi-autonomous constituent college of Makerere University.


He was born at Mulago Hospital, in Kampala, Uganda's capital city, in 1952.[1]


Sewankambo was educated at Namilyango College, an all-boys residential middle and high school (grades: eight to thirteen) located in Mukono District, from 1965 until 1970. In 1971, he entered the Makerere University School of Medicine, where he obtained the degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, graduating in 1976. He went on to obtain the Master of Medicine degree, specializing in Internal Medicine, also from Makerere in the early 1980s. He later obtained a Master of Science degree in Clinical Epidemiology, from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. He was later awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws by McMaster University.[1][3][4]

Work experience[edit]

In the early 1980s, Sewankambo 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. The new disease, at first called Slim Disease, became known as HIV/AIDS. He has been at the forefront of research about the disease, specializing in HIV clinical drug trials.[5] He has extensively published the finding of his research in medical journals and other peer publications. In the late 1990s, he was appointed Dean of Makerere University School of Medicine. He served in that position until 2007 when he was promoted to the position of Principal, Makerere University College of Health Sciences, a position he still occupies.[1] He has been engaged in a number of international boards, one of them is the Board of the Norwegian Global Health and Vaccination Research (GLOBVAC) for 2011 - 2014.[6][7]

Other considerations[edit]

Sewankambo is a Fellow of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Ssebuyira, Martin (15 July 2012). "The Magic of Research And Morals". Daily Monitor (Kampala). Retrieved 27 December 2014. 
  2. ^ AF. "Accordia Global Health Foundation's Academic Alliance: Nelson Sewankambo MBChB, MMed, MSc, FRCP". Accordia Foundation (AF). Retrieved 27 December 2014. 
  3. ^ The Africa Portal, . (30 September 2010). "Nelson Sewankambo, Princiapl, Makerere University College of Health Sciences". Retrieved 27 December 2014. 
  4. ^ McMU, . (3 May 2007). "McMaster Announces Honorary Degree Recipients: May 2007". McMaster University (McMU). 
  5. ^ Kapp, Clare (5 July 2008). "Nelson Sewankambo: Building HIV/AIDS Research In Uganda". The Lancet Volume 372, No. 9632, p21, 5 July 2008. Retrieved 27 December 2014. 
  6. ^ GLOBVAC, . (2011). "Programme Board for Global Health and Vaccination Research (GLOBVAC)". Programme for Global Health And Vaccination Research (GLOBVAC). Retrieved 27 December 2014. 
  7. ^ NIH, . (19 September 2014). "Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education; Board on Global Health; Institute of Medicine. Assessing Health Professional Education: Workshop Summary. Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 19 September 2014 - Appendix E, Speaker Biographical Sketches". National Institutes of Health (NIH). Retrieved 27 December 2014. 
  8. ^ UNAS, . "UNAS: Fellow Profile". Uganda National Academy of Science (UNAS). Retrieved 27 December 2014. 

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