Dr Joseph Kimani Wanjeri

Dr Wanjeri is a Plastic & Reconstructive surgeon and a lecturer in the Department of Surgery of the University of Nairobi (UoN). He was head of the Plastic Surgery Unit of Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) the teaching hospital of UoN from January 2015 to November 2017. He has served Operation Smile as a volunteer surgeon for several years and is a Smile Train partner and founder of the Metropolitan Hospital Smile Train project. He was also a Director/Board member of Metropolitan Hospital, a 100 bed private private hospital in the Eastlands of Nairobi upto December, 2017.

Have taught undergraduate and postgraduate students at the Department of Surgery of
University of Nairobi since July 2000 when was employed on permanent and pensionable
To be a lecturer known for facilitating high quality training, innovative research and policy
development for the production of world-class surgeons and surgical health care providers.
To train high caliber surgical professionals, carry out creative, innovative and inventive
research in current and emerging challenges, set and apply international standards in evidence
and science based surgical healthcare provision, and be at the forefront of surgical policy

The mandate is to play a key role in providing transformational leadership in KNH Plastic
Surgery Unit in line with the decentralized structure of the hospital to ensure that the
hospital’s vision and mission are realized.
Specific duties are;
1. Plan, organize, control and co-ordinate all services in the unit
2. Provide technical and professional guidance to team members and management as
3. Formulate procedures for the unit in line with the hospital performance contract and
strategic plan
4. Ensure high healthcare standards in the unit in line with the prevailing statutory
5. Ensure proper and safe collection, storage, disposal and management of solid and
liquid waste in the hospital
6. Promote research initiatives for service delivery and performance improvement
7. Prepare expenditure estimates for the unit and ensure efficient utilization of allocated
8. Promote customer relations
9. Proper training and development of staff and students
10. Co-ordinate performance management activities
11. Co-ordinate quality assurance and occupational health and safety activities
12. Prepare reports on the operations of the unit as required
13. Spearhead culture exchange and re-alignment with the decentralized structure


1979 – 1986: University of Nairobi, Master of Medicine and Master of Surgery (MB ChB)
1990 – 1996: University of Nairobi, Master of Medicine in General Surgery (MMed Gen
2010-2015 University of Nairobi, Master of Public Health (MPH)


2007 – To date: Part-time Reconstructive Surgeon for the surgical outreach service of the
African Medical & Research Foundation
2006 – To date: Smile Train Partner
2001 – 2015: Volunteer surgeon for Operation Smile (Have participated in more than 10
Reconstructive Surgery Missions)
Sept. 1998-to date: Consultant surgeon for the Better Living Hospital of the Seventh Day
Adventist Church situated on Milimani Rd,
Aug. 1996 – To date: Consulting Surgeon for Metropolitan Hospital,
Nairobi, Kenya. At this hospital, I started a cleft lip and palate repair
project for poor patients. It is co-sponsored by the hospital and the
Smile Train organization with headquarters in New York
July 2000 – To date: Lecturer – Dept of Surgery, University of Nairobi &
Specialist Surgeon, Plastic Surgery Unit – Kenyatta National Hospital
March 1996 – June 2000: Specialist (General Surgeon) – Kiambu District Hospital (Ministry
of Health, Kenya)
Nov. 1990-Feb. 1996: Senior House Officer – Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi
Aug. 1986-Nov.1990: Medical Officer – Ministry of Health, Kenya


Kenyatta National Hospital


1. Registered as a Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon by the Kenya Medical
Practitioners & Dentists Board (KMPDB) – Reg. # A2759
2. Member – Kenya Medical Association (KMA)
3. Member – Surgical Society of Kenya (SSK)
4. Member – Association of Surgeons of East Africa (ASEA)
5. Founder member & Vice Chairman – Kenya Society of Plastic, Reconstructive &
Aesthetic Surgeons (KSPRAS)
6. Treasurer – Burn Society of Kenya (BSK)
7. Member – East African Academy of Aesthetic Medicine (EAAAM)
8. Assistant Treasurer – Community Health Association of Kenya (COFAK)
9. Member – Wound Society of Kenya (WSK)

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