Makerere University professor Michael Grace Kawooya has been recognised for his pivotal role in the development of radiology, in particular ultrasound, in Africa and beyond.
On March 1, Prof Kawooya received the European Society of Radiology (ESR) honorary membership.
“I’m humbled to receive this honourable membership and be counted worthy of joining other past and present recipients of this esteemed award,” he told The Observer.
“I’m indebted to my professors, teachers and mentors for envisioning, guiding, supporting and teaching me. Special regards go to Prof Henry Kasozi of Makerere University and Prof Barry Goldberg of Thomas Jefferson University, among others.”
Prof Kawooya is professor emeritus in the department of Radiology at the School of Medicine, Makerere University, and College of Health Sciences and also the director of Ernest Cook Ultrasound Research Institute (ECUREI), an ultrasound-training institute. He also paid a special tribute to those around him in his quest to improve healthcare worldwide.
“I acknowledge the teamwork of my fellow faculty and staff at ECUREIin Kampala and Makerere University department of radiology where I’m professor emeritus,” he said.
“I was inspired to co-found several Ugandan and African medical societies and to educate and train several professionals in Africa and all over the world.”
Prof Kawooya’s area of research is ultrasound and he has tackled every aspect of its practice. He has published over 55 articles in peer-reviewed journals, as well as five chapters in books on different topics, including imaging of tropical diseases.
Prof Kawooya has served in key roles for prestigious societies, notably as secretary general of the African Society of Radiology (ASR) from 2008 to 2017. He is a founding member and past president of the Uganda Society for the Advancement of Radiology and Imaging (USOFARI).
Prof. Kawooya initiated the creation of the Pan African Congress of Radiology and Imaging (PACORI), over which he presided in 2005 to 2007.