Jean Baptiste Kakoma, MD, MMed/OG, PhD, AESM, Full Professor

KAKOMA Sekatolo Zambeze Jean Baptiste, MD, MMed/OG, PhD, AESM, Full Professor

An experienced university teacher, researcher, and administrator, Professor Jean-Baptiste KAKOMA (BSc Lovanium, MD Kinshasa, MMed/OG Kisangani, PhD Louvain, and AESM Antwerp) has a combination of leadership, research, and management skills. He started his scientific and academic career in 1975 and has held increasingly high academic and management positions in health science programs at university level in two out of the 3 previous DR Congo public universities, i.e. Universities of Kisangani and Lubumbashi (junior assistant, senior assistant, lecturer, senior lecturer, principal investigator, associate professor, full professor, and head of department, academic secretary, vice dean, director of teaching hospital, school director, faculty dean, director of research center, cooperation coordinator, and university rector).

He has been professor of obstetrics and gynecology, demography, parasitology, and epidemiology. As professor, he supervised many dissertations (BSc, MD, MSc, DES / DEA) and theses (PhD and “Agrégation de l’ Enseignement Supérieur en Médecine”) relating to different medical fields (public health/epidemiology, obstetrics and gynecology, internal medicine, pediatrics, medical biology, ophthalmology, medical imaging, human nutrition) in the two DRC universities and at National University of Rwanda. He has written many scientific articles and books.

He is an honorary and effective member of many scientific associations (DR Congolese Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology, DR Congolese Society of Surgery, Belgian Society of Tropical Medicine, Belgian Society of Parasitology, Francophone Society of Protozoology, European Academy of Sciences and Letters, Rwandan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology, International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease).

Prof. Kakoma has also been vice dean for postgraduate studies and research at National University of Rwanda Faculty of Medicine (2005 – 2008) and organized in this position the two first PhD presentations in Rwanda (PhD in Medical and Biomedical Sciences in partnership with Gent University and “Université Libre de Bruxelles”), and two international conferences on cancers and diabetes (two then neglected diseases). At the same time he supervised research on clinical pelvimetry, cervix and breast cancers, trophoblastic cancer and diabetes in pregnancy. He is now Director of the National University of Rwanda School of Public Health, Professor of Quality Assurance in Healthcare, WHO/African Region expert within the Task Force on Immunization (TFI), Rwanda Co-applicant for the THRiVE Consortium (Welcome Trust funding), and former Director of the Field Epidemiology Programme in Rwanda (partnership AFENET, CDC-Atlanta, Rwanda MOH & NUR).