AMPATH Spotlight: Dean Lukoye Atwoli
Lukoye Atwoli is not only an active leader driving AMPATH forward, but also a nationwide advocate for health in Kenya.
Atwoli was drawn to medicine at an early age after being treated for malaria at Kenyatta National Hospital and discharged with, “an enduring respect for medicine, and the desire to become a doctor and make a difference in people’s lives. That has never left me, to this day.”
Since 2007, Atwoli has been associated with AMPATH activities in roles at Moi University including a practicing psychiatrist, a teacher, a researcher, and an administrator. In 2013 he became the fifth Dean of Moi University’s School of Medicine. He graduated in the fifth class of Moi’s School of Medicine, and went on to specialize in trauma and posttraumatic stress disorders with a Master of Medicine from the University of Nairobi and a PhD in Psychiatry from the University of Cape Town
He also considers himself a “medical politician” who advocates for system-wide changes through his involvement in health and research organizations, along with writing a weekly column for Kenya’s Sunday Nation.
Atwoli visited Indiana University’s Indianapolis campus in April 2017 to receive an award for his outstanding efforts to expand the Kenya partnership and improve global health.