Surgeon, Uganda Cancer Institute & East Africa Oncology Centre of Excellence
Edward Kakungulu is a Surgeon at the Uganda Cancer Institute / East Africa Oncology Centre of Excellence and the General Secretary for the Association of Surgeons of Uganda.
He holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from Gulu University and a Master of Medicine in Surgery from Makerere University. He also has certificates in Clinical epidemiology from the University of California San Francisco; Monitoring and Evaluation, Project Management, Leadership and Management in Health, and Implementation Science from the University of Washington, Department of Global Health.
As the General Secretary of the Association of Surgeons of Uganda he has boosted the participation of women surgeons in leadership roles and also advocates for a safe environment to facilitate maximum contribution.
In December 2022, at the Annual General Meeting of the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa that was held in Windhoek, Namibia, he was awarded the He for She Award in recognition for his invaluable contribution, support and mentorship of women in surgery in Africa.
He initiated the ASOU Mentorship Series that are held virtually every last Friday of the month. During the session, mentors from different walks of life are invited to share their life experiences so as to inspire peers, surgeon and medical doctors.
He is the first recipient of the Doug Altman Scholarship of the University of Oxford and also a 2017 Fellow of the Lee Jong Wook Fellowship Program in South Korea.
He served on the Young Professional Commission of the Lancet on the Education of Health Professionals for the 21st Century. He also served as the Librarian, Editor and Information Secretary for the Association of Surgeons of Uganda.
He is also engaged in research in breast cancer and on the use of mHealth and other digital health solutions to improve access to healthcare for people living in rural areas.