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David Serwadda

David Serwadda
Born (1959-01-01) 1 January 1959 (age 55)
Residence Munyonyo, Kampala, Uganda
Nationality Ugandan
Ethnicity Muganda
Citizenship Uganda
Education Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)
Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
Master of Medicine in Internal Medicine (MMed)
Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
Master of Science (MSc)
Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Master of Public Health (MPH)
Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Occupation Physician, Researcher, Academic
Years active 1984 — present
Known for Medical research
Home town Kampala
Religion Roman Catholic

David M. Serwadda is a Ugandan physician, medical researcher, academic, public health specialist and medical administrator. Currently he is a Professor of Public Health at Makerere University School of Public Health (MUSPH), one of the schools of Makerere University College of Health Sciences, a semi-autonomous constituent college of Makerere University, the oldest university in Uganda. Serwadda is also a founding member of Accordia Global Health Foundation’s[1] Academic Alliance[2]


He was born in Kampala, Uganda's capital city.


Professor Serwadda was educated at Namilyango College, a prestigious all-boys residential middle and high school (Grades 8 - 13), located in Mukono District, from 1972 until 1977. In 1978, he entered Makerere University School of Medicine, where he obtained the degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB), graduating in 1983. He went on to obtain the Master of Medicine (MMed) degree, specializing in Internal Medicine, also from Makerere University, in the mid 1980s.

He later obtained the degree of Master of Science (MSc) and the Master of Public Health degree (MPH), both from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, in the United States.[3]

Work experience

In the early 1980s, Dr. Serwadda 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.[4] He has been a leading researcher in the epidemiology of HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. He has published the finding of his research in numerous medical journals and other peer publications.[5]

In the 1990s, he was appointed Director of the then Makerere Institute of Public Health. He served in that position until 2007 when he was promoted to the position of Dean, Makerere University School of Public Health, following the elevation of the Institute to a constituent School of Makerere University College of Health Sciences (MUCHS). He later resigned as Dean of the School of Public Health, but he continues to teach and carry out research in his capacity as Professor of Public Health.

Personal details

Professor Serwadda is married and together with his wife, Deborah Serwadda, they are the parents of several adult children.

External links

  • Website of Accordia Global Health Foundation

See also


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