Prof. David Gatei

Date of Birth                :           April 1941

Nationality                   :           Kenyan

Marital Status               :           Married

Religion                       :           Christian

Sex                              :           Male



Schools and Colleges


1948-1951                     :           Kakamega Primary School

1952-1955                     :           Kolanya Intermediate School

1956-1959                     :           Friends Secondary School Kamusinga

1960-1967                     :           Makerere University College

1972-1973                     :           Western Infirmary, Glasgow University, Scotland


Employment Positions


1967-1968         :           Internship – Kenyatta National Hospital

1968-1969         :           Medical Officer, Ministry of Health

1969-1974         :           Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, University of Nairobi

1974-1976         :           Senior Lecturer Faculty of Medicine, University of Nairobi

1972-1973         :           Worked for 2 years at the Western Infirmary, University of Glasgow while pursuing

                                    post graduate studies.

1976 to date      :           Associate Professor in Human Pathology, University of Nairobi

Professional and Societies Membership


  • Member of the Royal College of Pathologist (UK)
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologist (UK)
  • Member of Kenya Medical Association
  • Registered with Medical Practitioners Board (Kenya)




  • Published 42 papers in medical research. (refereed journals)
  • Supervised postgraduate students in Medical Research Publications
  • Major interests Cardiovascular, Hepatobiliary, Cutaneous, Gastrointestinal and Gynaecological pathology


National Award


Order of Grand Warrior of Kenya (O.G.W.).



National/Honorary Appointments


  • Member of the presidential working party on the second university – 1981
  • Member of the committee on terms and conditions of service for civil servants

(Mbithi Commission – 1988)

  • Chairman of Nairobi Division of Kenya Medical Association Executive Committee.
  • Chairman of Kiawairera Co-operative saving society Ltd.
  • Member of ministerial working committee in organization, administration and management of health services (Ministry of health) – 1984


Professional and Leadership Experience


  • Chairman Common Wealth Medical Association Conference Committee Nairobi – 1985
  • Vice-Chairman of Kenya Medical Association Co-operative Housing Ltd.
  • Deputy Chairman of Medical Practitioners and Dentist Board, 1985-1986
  • Chairman Division of Laboratory Medicine, Kenyatta National Hospital, 1984-1987
  • Chairman Planning Committee, Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, Eldoret.
  • Chairman Department of Human Pathology, 1984-1986


National/Institutional Responsibilities


  • Vice Chairman Moi University Council, 1987-2002
  • Member of Maseno University Council (representing Moi University Council), 1992-1995
  • Chairman Mbagathi Hospital Board of Management, 1995-1997
  • In-charge of Kenyatta National Hospital Mausoleum, 1994 to date
  • Member of Finance Committee Kenyatta National Hospital, 1994-1999
  • Chairman, Industrial and Commercial Development Corporation, 1987-1993
  • Director National Bank of Kenya 1986-1987
  • Chairman Board of Governors Mt. Kinangop Girls Secondary School, 1988-2002
  • Chairman, Board of Governors Karati Secondary School, 1998-2002
  • Member of the Nyandarua Institute of Technology
  • Member of the Central Province Board of Education
  • Vice Chairman Moi University Council 1987-2002
  • Member of Nyandarua District Educational Board, 2005


Experience in Public Health


  • Chairman, Technical Advisory Committee central Province Leaders Forum Guideline on AIDS adopted for National Implementation.
  • Teaching, Training and Supervision of Doctors at Undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
  • Management of Health Services in Kenya as per current Health policy.
  • Regulation pertaining to medical practice in Kenya.
  • Development and Management of Laboratory Services, Kenya.
  • Provision of Medical Legal Services including Forensic Pathology
  • Research and publication on major health issues to include cancers medical and surgical and public health concerns.
  • Many years of clinical medicine and Laboratory practice in Kenya
  • Founder member of the Kenya Medical Research Institute
  • Founder member of the AIDS prevention and Control initiatives in Kenya
  • Supervision of postgraduate students for Master of Medicine thesis, Pathology, Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
  • Chairman Kenyatta Hospital Aids Committee, 1983-1987


Experience in Education Administration and Management


  • Governance of University Education (Moi University and its constituent colleges)
  • Development of primary and secondary education in Kenya.
  • Mobilisation of community resources for development of educational facilities.
  • Motivating and cultivating rural communities involvement, participation and partnership in development and management in secondary schools.
  • Overseeing implementation of government policies at provincial, district and institutional levels.
  • Catalysing the relationship between the school management, parent and rural communities.
  • Inspiring young people to aim higher in future achievements.
  • Promotion of women education and more specially in rural areas.
  • Initiated collaboration between University Departments of Pathology Manitoba (Canada) and Nairobi (Kenya) 1986.
  • External examiner University of Ethiopia.
  • Participated in upgrading of Diploma to MBchB University of Dar es salam 1969 – A representative of U.O.N; School of Medicine Department of Human Pathology.




International Experience


  • Underwent Post Graduate Training in University of Glasgow, Scotland
  • Represented the faculty of Medicine on seminars on Medical Education in Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Seychelles and the United States of America.
  • Member of the Kenya Delegation to the World Health Assembly in 1984
  • Leader of the Kenya E.C.D.C  delegation to Germany for consultation with D.E.G as chairman of I.C.D.C
  • On the mailing list of many international journals and publications
  • Travelled widely in Africa, Europe, Asia and America


Conferences/ Seminars/ symposiums attended


  • Presented scientific papers in conferences
  • National conferences of Kenya Medical Association
  • National Annual Conferences of the Kenya Association of Clinical Pathologists
  • Clinico-pathological Symposium sponsored by  East African Division of the International Academy of Pathology on Renal Diseases- April 2012
  • A specialist Pathologist , participant in the development of National Clinical Guidelines for Cancer, January 2013
  • A member of Editorial Committee in the Paper of the development of Kenya’s National Clinical Guideline  for Cancer, February 2013



  • Lawn Tennis
  • Badminton
  • Planting trees
  • Jogging
  • Animal Husbandry

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