Part of the welfare committee members visited the family of the Late Dr. James Motanya Birundi. In saying we are together in this and celebrating a life well lived as an S.S.K member and a great surgeon to the community.
Council retreat that took place in Lukenya getaway for 3 consecutive days. The sacrifice put into this project with the aim of developing a strategic plan for the society in the next 5 years.
Thank you to the facilitators.
Due to some unavoidable situations we wish to let you know that the Annual Surgical Camp that was to be held next week in Kilifi County has been Cancelled until further notice. The society acknowledges the effort of members, partners and institutions that had chosen to take part in this noble task, you are highly appreciated.We look forward to working with you in our next project. We apologize for any inconveniences caused.
As a society we are yet to come to terms with the passing on of Prof. Saidi Hassan which occurred on 29th August 2017. He first served in the Council as a member, later came up the rank as a secretary where he served for some years and was then elected as the Vice president in 2011 – 2013. He then took over as the President in 2013 – 2015 which he handed over in 2015 March. During his tenure he was the Editor in Chief of the society journal the Annals of African Surgery, which he pioneered effortlessly till his death.
Prof. Saidi was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya. He performed well in his formative studies before joining the University of Nairobi to study Medicine. He performed exemplarily well in Human Anatomy in his first year and was enrolled in the prestigious course of B.Sc. Human Anatomy, from which he graduated with honors. His notable teachers of Anatomy include the late Prof. Joseph Mungai and the late Prof. James Kimani. Prof. Saidi thereafter completed his undergraduate medical training before enrolling in a Masters of Medicine program in Surgery. During this period, he was employed as an assistant lecturer in the Department of Human Anatomy. On completion of his master’s degree training, he was promoted to the position of lecturer. He held this position for three years before advancing to become a senior lecturer and subsequently an associate professor of Anatomy in 2011.
He was an excellent teacher of Anatomy, with a thirty-year experience in instruction and teaching Human Anatomy at the University of Nairobi, Aga Khan University Nairobi and University of Pennsylvania. He has mastery of Embryology, Gross Anatomy, Histology and molecular biology, with Surgical anatomy as his pet subject. Prof. Hassan Saidi taught over 4000 undergraduate medical students, supervised over 40 B.Sc. Anatomy students, 30 Master of Medicine Surgery students, 4 Master of Anatomy students. He mentored many renowned surgeons, doctors and clinical officers.
Prof. Hassan Saidi was able to publish over 60 high impact peer reviewed articles in local and international journals. His research activity focused on clinical anatomy in all its aspects, trauma, oncology and surgery of the digestive tract. He published a book on histology and was in the process of publishing a text book of Surgical Anatomy. Prof. Hassan Saidi held many leadership roles in the University of Nairobi, initially as a course coordinator and rising to become the chairman of thematic areas within the department. He was the substantive Chairman of the Department of Human Anatomy until the time of his death. Prof. Hassan Saidi was also the associate dean, Preclinical departments of the University of Nairobi. During his tenure as a chairman, he shepherded the establishment of the Nairobi Surgical Skills Centre, publication of the Kimani’s Histology Text and Atlas, Establishment of the Anatomy Journal of Africa, supported staff development, training and promotion as well as supporting many local and international staff retreats.
Prof. Hassan Saidi was a celebrated general and laparoscopic surgeon in Nairobi, Kenya. He was a fellow, American College of Surgeons. He was actively involved in the residency training in the University of Nairobi, Kenyatta National Hospital and Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi. His contributions to the surgical fraternity in Kenya included promotion of resident training in major teaching hospitals, promotion of research and grants locally, revamping the annual Surgical Society of Kenya retreats, promoting the Annual Surgical Society of Kenya Free surgical camps, linkages with the American College of Surgeons and establishment of the biannual Annals of African Surgery. It is through his leaderships skills that Surgical Society of Kenya has been able to successfully partner with the University of Nairobi in various projects.
Prof Hassan indeed had many friends. He definitely did not know all of them, but yet he would never deny any genuine person seeking assistance. Taking time to engage with different age groups and this he did effortlessly. An opportunity to watch football, play some basketball or just have a ‘chat’ (always very insightful and refreshing) over some coffee snack was a sought-after opportunity by many. In his 36hr day, he would still find time to call up and catch up with his friends, his objective to savour every moment with friends to improve them in one way or another. What better HE WAS!
Prof. Hassan Saidi was married, with three sons. He was actively involved in charity and volunteer activities through HAIBA foundation and other charity groups. He was a mentor, a great teacher, researcher and a surgeon.
He surely fought a good fight and finished the race. He will be missed by many!.
A successful Residents’ Forum for 2017 at Noble hotel in Eldoret . Attendance was very encouraging for it had representation of Residents from The University of Nairobi, AKUH, MTRH, The Mater Hospital, Tenwek Mission Hospital, A.I.C Kijabe Hospital Moi University just to mention a few, with countable consultants. To Moi University Eldoret team, Thank you for the great job you did in preparation of hosting this Annual event. The reception was excellent
The live surgery workshop on laparoscopic hernia repairs for ventral and groin hernias held at Moi Teaching and referral hospital on 26th May 2017 which was hosted by the Rift-valley region was a great success. We appreciate all those who took part to ensure the event went on well. Look out for more great events.!!
After election, the first council meeting was held on 5th May 2017 in S.S.K Office and it was a great success. The team looks forward to achieving great goals for the benefit of the Society. We wish them all the best!
Professor George Albert Omore Magoha who has been an active member of Surgical Society of Kenya (S.S.K) and also one of the Pioneers of S.S.K, was crowned as the first Fellow Member of the society. This was done during the 17th Annual Scientific Conference. Congratulations Professor we are proud to be associated with you!!
During the 17th AGM, the Surgical Society of Kenya Members elected a new Council into office. The council will be led by President Peter Nthumba, Vice-President David Gome . Other officials elected were: Dr Daniel Ojuka as Secretary, Dr Karen Mbaabu as Deputy Secretary, Dr Andrew Ndonga as Treasurer, Dr Mathenge Ndihui, Dr Daniel Alushula, Dr Andrew Wandera, Dr Elizabeth Mwachiro, Dr Russell White as the country COSECSA representative, and Dr James Waweru as the residents representative.
The 17th Annual Scientific Conference and A.G.M held in Kisumu at Acacia Premier Hotel on 5th – 7th April 2017 was a great success. The society was able to host Surgeons from all parts of the country. Each county had a representation of between two to five Surgeons. To the society it is indeed a success baring in mind that the conference came in immediately after the doctors strike had been called off.
We therefore appreciate our members who made it for the conference, our partners who came to showcase their products making our Conference an enjoyable event and most importantly the board members who sacrificed their time in planning for this event.