Edemarim Tsega Pioneer in Medicine
It is a great pleasure to present Professor Edemariam Tsega as a pioneer in Ethiopian medical education. He single handedly introduced post graduate program in Internal medicine in Ethiopia and served his nation with great distinction for over forty years. He completed his primary education at Haile Sellssie I school in Gondar and his secondary education at Haile selassie I secondary school in Addis Ababa. He graduated from university college of Addis Ababa with bachelors degree in science in 1961 and then he joined McGill University where he got medical degree in 1965. He studied at London school of hygiene and tropical medicine in 1968. He did not want to stop there and even after becoming professor of medicine he eared PhD from Lund university, Malmo, Sweden. His qualifications are immense.
Professor Edemariam Tsega had received several honors and awards. To mention a few: he had received first prize with distinction from London School of tropical Medicine and Hygiene, distinguished scientist award from Addis Ababa University; Blue Nile medal for scientific achievement from government of Ethiopia and presidents Award for distinguished Services , Medical staff association, Hamilton Health Sciences, faculty of Medicine, McM aster University. He had several professional and academic appointments. He served in the department of Internal Medicine, faculty of medicine, Addis Ababa University from 1972-1994. He became professor of medicine in1981. He served as a head of department of Internal medicine for more than fifteen years and became dean of faculty of medicine Addis Ababa University (1992-1994). In 1995 after he moved to Canada he served as clinical professor of medicine , Faculty of medicine , Memorial University of Newfound land and he has been professor Emeritus of medicine , faculty of Medicine, McMaster University. Professor Edemariam Tsega had numerous academic, administrative and committee appointments to ministry of health of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa University, science and technology commission , Ethiopia; Commission of higher Education Ethiopia and has been a member several a large number of academic and professional associations. He had authored more than eighty scientific papers in medical journals and book chapters. Since 1994 he has traveled back to Ethiopia on several occasions and participated in program of visiting professorship in science and sustainable development established by International Council of Scientific Union, the Third World Academy of Sciences, The United Nations Educational and Cultural Organization, the Commonwealth Science Council and the Earth Council. His efforts are exemplary to many Ethiopians in Diaspora to participate in international development during this global age. Therefore we honor him for his outstanding achievements.
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Ethiopian Medical History
Photo: Dr. Melaku Beyan. Dr. Melaku Beyan became the first Ethiopian medical doctor to complete his education in the United states in 1935 (Dr. Workneh Eshete became the first Ethiopian doctor to obtain a modern medical education in 1882)
The non-governmental organization, People to People, has just released The Manual of Ethiopian Medical History by Enawgaw Mehari, Kinfe Gebeyehu and Zergabachew Asfaw. The purpose of the publication is to teach the future generation of Ethiopian medical students and health care professionals about Ethiopiaâ€™s medical history.
Mekele University and Bahir Dar University have reportedly agreed to incorporate the study into their medical education curriculum.
Enawgaw Mehari, MD
Kinfe Gebeyehu, MD
Zergabachew Asfaw, MD
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