Dr. Epiu: First female anesthesiologist with a PhD in East Africa

Dr. Isabella Epiu has made history as the first female anesthesiologist in East Africa to attain a Ph.D. degree. Dr. Epiu’s remarkable accomplishment is not only a personal triumph but also a significant milestone for the medical field in the region.

She earned her Ph.D. in medicine, specializing in neuro-respiratory physiology and health economics, from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Her areas of expertise encompass anesthesia, critical care medicine, emergency care medicine, intensive care, and pain medicine.

President Yoweri Museveni, in a speech read by Vice-President Jessica Alupo, expressed the nation’s pride in celebrating Dr. Epiu’s diligence, discipline, and outstanding contributions to the health sector.

The President also acknowledged her parents, guardians, sponsors, and the people of Ngora district for their crucial support, emphasizing that without their contribution, this achievement would not have been possible.

In response, Dr. Isabella Epiu humbly attributed her achievements to God, describing her journey as a “miracle.” She expressed gratitude to the Government of Uganda, State House, and the World Bank for the scholarships that supported her education. Dr. Epiu also commended President Museveni for enhancing surgical anesthesia in the country and emphasized the significance of a strong anesthesiology and critical care team in regional referral hospitals.

At 37 years old, Dr. Epiu stands as an inspiration, showcasing the transformative power of education and dedication to advancing healthcare in East Africa.


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