In a remarkable achievement, Professor Lukoye Atwoli, the son of Francis Atwoli, the Secretary-General of the Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) in Kenya, has been elected as an international member of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), an esteemed institution headquartered in Washington DC, United States.
This honor is one of the highest recognitions in the field of health and medicine, acknowledging individuals who have made significant contributions to the profession.
Professor Lukoye Atwoli currently serves as the Dean of Aga Khan University’s Medical College, a position that speaks to his dedication and expertise in the medical field.
He has been elected to NAM for his outstanding contributions and advocacy in the areas of mental health care policy, education, and epidemiology on a global scale.
One of his notable achievements is his leadership in two innovative medical schools and co-chairing the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Board on Global Health. These roles reflect his commitment to advancing medical education and global health initiatives.
In January, Professor Lukoye Atwoli was elected as an international member of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) due to his significant roles in supporting mental health research.
His contributions to mental health have been widely recognized, and this appointment further underscores his dedication to addressing critical mental health issues.
Additionally, Professor Atwoli is a member of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) World Mental Health Surveys Consortium, a leading collaborative project in the field of psychiatry on a global scale.
His involvement in such influential organizations demonstrates his commitment to improving mental health care and research worldwide.
Expressing his gratitude for this prestigious recognition, Professor Atwoli acknowledged his colleagues at Aga Khan University and collaborators from around the world.
He emphasized the importance of collaboration and expressed his willingness to contribute his knowledge and experience while learning from other esteemed colleagues at NAM.
NAM President Victor Dzau highlighted the exceptional expertise of the new members and their crucial role in addressing global health challenges. The inclusion of Professor Lukoye Atwoli in this distinguished group underscores his global recognition as a medical leader.