Leading by Example
Amos Twinamasiko reflects on his legacy as founder of a pioneering ophthalmology department
Tu Tran, Arlene Bobb-Semple, Simon Arunga | | Quick Read
At A Glance
- Professor Twinamasiko is the founder of the Mbarara University of Science and Technology Department of Ophthalmology, responsible for training ophthalmologists from east African countries and beyond
- He also started a residency program with the Ruharo Eye Centre, and admitted the first resident in 2003
- Professor Twinamasiko managed to secure funding for the department, and develop the infrastructure
- In May 2019, the largest group of graduates since its conception will leave the department.
Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) is not the largest university in Uganda – it is not even close. Set over two campuses on the banks of the Rwizi River in southwest Kampala, MUST has just 3,000 students, yet is recognized as one of the best training institutions in East Africa – teaching ophthalmologists from Uganda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Guyana, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and South Sudan. The reason why can be attributed, almost entirely, to one professor: Amos Twinamasiko.
Twinamasiko founded the MUST Department of Ophthalmology in 1993 and has been devoted to it ever since. He transformed MUST from a makeshift office to what is now a free-standing eye hospital, providing excellent patient care, a vibrant residency program and multi-year funded research programs in microbial keratitis and diabetic retinopathy.
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