Spotlight on Dr David Gitonga Nyamu as a pioneer in Clinical Pharmacy
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Picture: Dr Nyamu standing left with his friend Richard

David G. Nyamu, BPharm, MPharm, Fellow(UoN) is a clinical pharmacist & lecturer in clinical pharmacy at the Department of Pharmaceutics & Pharmacy Practice, School of Pharmacy, University of Nairobi (UoN), Kenya. He teaches and supervises both undergraduate and postgraduate pharmacy students, and also co-ordinates the BPharm and MPharm clinical pharmacy program. In addition, for over nine years, David has been practicing clinical pharmacy at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH), the university’s teaching hospital, which is also the largest referral hospital. His specialties include internal medicine, emergency and critical care pharmacy. He has co-authored several papers in peer-reviewed journals.

David is registered with the Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB) of Kenya and is a member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya (PSK), Hospital Pharmacists Association of Kenya (HOPAK) and Clinical Pharmacists Association of Kenya (CPAK). He has previously worked as a provincial hospital pharmacist and also in two leading community pharmacies (in Nairobi, Kenya) as a consultant pharmacist. Before joining academia, he worked as a training manager at the Mission for Essential Drugs & Supplies (MEDS), a faith based non-governmental organization, which procures and distributes pharmaceuticals to all mission hospitals and charitable organizations in Kenya.

Dr Nyamu holds a gold medal for the best final year pharmacy student in Kenya. His professional objective is to develop a career in teaching and research specializing in clinical pharmacy as well as the provision of high quality, professional, efficient and effective pharmaceutical care services to the community. He is currently a PhD (Clinical Pharmacy) student at UoN and his research topic is “Assessment of the Determinants of Response to Warfarin in Kenyan Patients”. This research project is geared towards developing an algorithm for optimizing warfarin anticoagulation therapy in thromboembolic disorders. He is pursuing his doctorate degree with support from a scholarship awarded by Higher Education Loans Board (HELB), a GOK education financing institution. Additionally, he has recently(2015) completed implementation science fellowship program at University of Nairobi/University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA under the sponsorship of Partnership for Innovative Medical Education in Kenya(PRIME-K). His study for the fellowship was entitled “Implementation Strategies for Ambulatory Anticoagulation Services in Kenyatta National and Mbagathi District Hospitals.”

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