– Lukoye Atwoli will chair the Mathari Mental Referral Hospital board for three years effective October 16
– The Professor of Psychiatry is currently the dean at the Aga Khan University’s medical schools across East Africa
– The soft-spoken but radical reformist professor of medicine holds several other local and global leadership positions in reputable institutions
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Senior university don Lukoye Atwoli will now be in charge of affairs at the Mathari Mental Referral Hospital board following President Uhuru Kenyatta’s appointment.
Lukoye who is the son of the Central Organisation of Trade Union boss Francis Atwoli was named the board’s chairperson in a series of changes announced by Uhuru.
The psychiatry professor will sit at the helm for a period of three years effective Friday, October 16.
“I have found myself in impossible position which I no longer command the trust or respect of you, my colleagues, and that of the university management and presumably the council as well.
The result is that I have to watch as our students waste away in despondency while I have nothing to tell them about their fate. My conscience has bled profusely over the past 18 months, and I do not have the fortitude to go on like this. I have suffered ridicule and disrespect from my colleagues of all stripes, and had scary moments with agents of the State,” he said.
In August 2020, the Aga Khan University appointed the Kenya Medical Association vice president to head its medical schools across East Africa.
Global leadership positions
The soft-spoken but radical reformist professor of medicine holds several other local and global leadership positions in reputable institutions.
Currently, he is also a visiting scientist at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and an honorary associate professor at the Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, University of Cape Town.
He is also a member of the World Health Organisation (WHO) World Mental Health Surveys Consortium which is the leading collaborative project in psychiatric epidemiology globally.
Lukoye is an international faculty member at the Duke Global Health Institute, Duke University, and an external examiner for multiple universities.
The Kenyan scholar has over 50 publications to his credit in academic books and in peer-reviewed journals.
He has supervised to completion 17 masters candidates and is currently supervising four PhD and four Masters students at universities in Kenya, the US and Europe.
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