Charles Olweny

Charles Olweny
Charles Olweny
Born 1 January 1944 (1944-01-01) (age 67)
Tororo, Uganda
Residence Nkozi, Mpigi District
Nationality Ugandan
Ethnicity Jopadhola
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
Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP)
Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Sydney, Australia
Occupation Physician, Researcher, Academic
Years active 1971 — present
Known for Medical practice & research
Home town Tororo
Title Professor of Medicine & Vice Chancellor, Uganda Martyrs University
Religion Roman Catholic

Charles Lwanga Mark Olweny is a Ugandan physician, academic and medical researcher. Currently he is a Professor of Medicine & Vice Chancellor at Uganda Martyrs University, based at Nkozi, Mpigi District, in Central Uganda.[1]

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Background

He was born in 1944, in Tororo, Tororo District, in Eastern Uganda.[2]

Education

Professor Olweny attended St. Peter's College Tororo for his O-Level education (S1-S4).[3] He then attended St. Mary's College Kisubi for his A-Level classes (S5-S6).[4] He then entered Makerere University School of Medicine, the oldest medical school in Uganda, which was founded in 1924.

He first obtained the degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB). Later, he obtained the degree of Master of Medicine in Internal Medicine (MMed). He followed that with the degree of Doctor of Medicine (MD), all from Makerere University. His chosen specialty is medical oncology.

In 1982, he travelled to Australia and while there, he studied for and was awarded the degree of Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, based in Sydney, Australia.

Work experience

Charles Olweny served as the Director of the Uganda Cancer Institute, from 1972 until 1982. Under his stewardship, the team of Ugandan medical researchers that he led, were the first group to demonstrate that liver cancer could be successfully treated with chemotherapy using the drug doxorubicin, which is still the mainstay of treatment for liver cancer today. They were also able to confirm that Burkitt lymphoma could be cured with a high dose of chemotherapy and showed that the same was true for childhood Hodgkin disease. And they documented the incidence of endemic Kaposi sarcoma in children and then conducted clinical trials on how to treat it.[5]

During the same timeframe, he also served, first as a lecturer, then senior lecturer and later as Professor of Medicine in the Faculty of Internal Medicine, at Makerere University School of Medicine, serving as Head of Department, from 1979 until 1982. While in Australia, during the 1980s, he served as clinical professor at the Department of Medicine & Surgery, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia. He also served as Senior Director for Medical Oncology, Cancer Control Programme, Royal Adelaide Hospital.

In the 1990s, Dr. Olweny migrated to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, to take up appointment as Medical Oncologist at St. Boniface General Hospital, in Winnipeg. He also served as Coordinator, Section of Hematology & Oncology at CancerCare Manitoba,[6] and as an associate staff at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg. He was appointed to his present position in 2006 and assumed office in September of that year.[7] Professor Olweny has published widely in professional journals and has over 120 articles to his name.[8]

Personal details

Professor Charles Olweny is married and together with his wife, they are the parents of five (5) adult children.

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