Training Oncologists and Scientists

A New Generation

Since 2004, we have been training African cancer researchers, oncologists, nurses and other medical professionals to address the rising cancer burden in low- and middle-income countries. Initially, we invited Ugandan clinician-researchers to Seattle for a yearlong fellowship. We have shifted more of our training efforts to Kampala, in collaboration with the UCI, so we can support the development a larger cadre of African cancer specialists and researchers. We also support the UCI’s clinical care capacity, primarily through a weekly lymphoma tumor board, medical supplies program and nurse training. We currently support this training through three programs.

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Adult Hematology Oncology Fellowship Program

The East African Adult Hematology Oncology Fellowship, launched in 2018 with support from the African Development Bank, trains Ugandan specialists so they can, in turn, train their East African colleagues in high-quality clinical care and research and guide and mentor new oncologists, hematologists, and lower-level health workers. Fred Hutch, UW, and UCI faculty and researchers train the fellows in advanced subspecialties and go on teaching rounds with fellows. The comprehensive 18-month curriculum is followed by six months of training in scholarship and research. It is directed by Dr. Abrahams Omoding (UCI) and Dr. John Harlan (UW). 

The first cohort of fellows graduated in 2020. Medical Oncology track graduates were Drs. Innocent Mutyaba, Joanne Kayaga, and Alex Bakenga, who have all joined the faculty at the UCI, and Dr. Priscilla Namaganda, a Hematology track graduate who joined Kirudu Hospital in Kampala, which is affiliated with the UCI.

The second cohort began in the of Fall 2020, and they have been enrolled in the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Fellows Program.

The newest fellow, Dr. Amata, began in March 2022, and she is both pursuing medical oncology. The four actively enrolled fellows (Cohorts 2020 & 2022) are featured below. 

Spring 2022 AHO Cohort 

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Anne Magdalene Amata, M.Med., M.B.Ch.B.

Medical Oncology Track, AHO Fellow

Fall 2020 AHO Cohort 

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Naghib Bogere, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med.

Medical Oncology Track, AHO Fellow

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Kenneth Kintu, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med.

Medical Oncology Track, AHO Fellow

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Erick Were, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med.

Medical Oncology Track, AHO Fellow

2018 Inaugural AHO Cohort (Graduated in late 2020)

Alex Bakenga

Alex Bakenga

M.B.Ch.B., M.Med.
Dr. Bakenga is a clinical medical officer at the UCI and chief resident in the Department of Medicine at Makerere University.


Innocent Mutyaba

Innocent Mutyaba

M.B.Ch.B., M.Med.
Dr. Mutyaba is a clinical investigator at the Hutchinson Centre Research Institute of Uganda and a volunteer physician at the UCI.

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Joanne Kayaga

M.B.Ch.B., M.Med.
Dr. Kayaga is a medical doctor and part of a multidisciplinary care team at the UCI and Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital.


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Priscilla Namaganda

M.B.Ch.B., M.Med.
Dr. Namaganda is a physician at the Infectious Disease Institute at Makerere University, with a specific interest in hematology.

Training in Cancer Research and HIV-associated Cancers

Cancer has become a leading cause of death among people infected with HIV. We are training Ugandan researchers in the study of HIV-associated cancers through doctoral programs and fellowships.

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Margaret “Maggie” Lubwama, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med.

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James Kafeero, M.B.Ch.B., M.P.H.

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Henry Ddungu, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med.

Margaret “Maggie” Lubwama, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med.

Born in Kenya to Ugandan parents, Dr. Lubwama earned a master of medicine degree from Makerere University in 2009 and became a medical microbiologist and assistant lecturer there. She is now pursuing a doctoral degree in microbiology. She studies blood infections in cancer patients and antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a problem of global importance that had not previously been investigated in Uganda.

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Noleb Mugisha, M.B.Ch.B., M.P.H., M.Med.

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Fred Okuku, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med.

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Abrahams Omoding, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med.

Noleb Mugisha, M.B.Ch.B., M.P.H., M.Med.

Dr. Mugisha was the first person selected for this fellowship program, earning a master’s degree in public health from the University of Washington. He went on to earn a master of medicine degree at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. Currently pursuing his PhD training, he is also serving as a research investigator and head of the Comprehensive Community Cancer Program at the UCI and is a lecturer at Makerere University.

Oncology Nursing Fellowship

We provide training in oncology nursing, in partnership with nurses at Fred Hutch Cancer Center, to strengthen clinical oncology research at the UCI while improving outcomes for patients through better clinical care, earlier detection, and cancer prevention. This fellowship program, launching in 2019, will provide training and mentoring to nursing students at Makerere University and elevate nursing capacity at the UCI.

Former Fellows

Nixon Niyonzima

Nixon Niyonzima*

M.B.Ch.B., M.Sc., Ph.D.
Facing overwhelmed conditions in Uganda, Dr. Nixon Niyonzima had intention of being a cancer specialist – until he learned about a unique partnership.

Dr. Niyonzima's story

Emmanuel Seremba

Emmanuel Seremba*

M.B.Ch.B., M.Med.
Dr. Seremba is one of Global Oncology’s fully-funded PhD candidates. In 2011, he was selected for a unique PhD program at the Makerere University, College of Health Sciences, in conjunction with courses taken at the University of Washington.

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Joan N. Mutyoba

M.B.Ch.B., M.S.
Dr. Joan N. Mutyoba joined Global Oncology as a Fellow in 2011 and completed a one-year, graduate-level rotation in Seattle, focused on Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Cancer Epidemiology & Prevention Research.  

Amos Mwaka

Amos Mwaka

M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., M.A.
After a yearlong fellowship at the Center, Amos Mwaka is back in Uganda hoping to establish a program to train rural doctors to better diagnose early stage cancer.

Dr. Mwaka's story

Victoria Walusansa

Victoria Walusansa*

M.B.Ch.B., M.Med.
Dr. Victoria Walusansa was the first Ugandan doctor to be trained in an oncology fellowship program at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center. Today she is the deputy director of the Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI).

Dr. Walusana's story

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Adriane Kamulegeya

M.B.Ch.B., D.D.S., M.Sc.
Dr. Kamulegeya joined Global Oncology in 2011 and completed a one-year, graduate-level rotation in Seattle, focused on epidemiology and biostatistics. 

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Anthony Natif

B.Pharm., M.P.H.
Mr. Natif completed a pharmacy-focused, 13-month oncology fellowship through the HIV-Associated Malignancy Training Program with Fred Hutch.

* Current research investigator with the UCI-Fred Hutch Collaboration