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Core KHAS Team



Prof Eileen Stuart-Shor addressing over 100 participants from Kenya and US at the 2012 debriefing conference in Nairobi.


Eileen Stuart-Shor ANP, PhD, FAHA, FAAN, is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, a nurse practitioner in Cardiology, Anesthesia/Critical Care at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and a Research Fellow in the Cardiovascular Epidemiology Research Unit at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Harvard Medical School. Eileen Stuart-Shor has a longstanding interest in cardiovascular disease, disparities and global health. Her clinical work and NIH funded research around cardiovascular/ metabolic risk reduction in underserved African American communities in the greater Boston area provides the framework for this international project. Eileen Stuart-Shor serves as the lead UMass Boston faculty member on the project responsible for designing and implementing the project screening and research and advancing the academic partnerships in Kenya. 



Mercy presenting Kenya Heart and Sole findings to the UMass Boston community.


Mercy Kamau RN, BSN, BSc,was born in Kenya and many of her immediate family continue to reside in the central province of Kenya. She graduated from UMass Boston in 2003 with a Bachelor in Management Science and Information System. In 2005 she returned to UMass Boston and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in 2007. As an undergraduate nursing student, she founded and is the president of a nonprofit organization (Health For Nations Inc.), a health promotion initiative that recruits health professionals who volunteer to travel to Kenya and perform cardiovascular/metabolic health promotion projects. Mercy has been instrumental in developing the critical community linkages between UMass Boston and the Kenyan community and in assuring that the project reflects the spirit of community participatory research and appropriate cross-cultural care. Mercy is currently a doctoral student in the Nursing and Health Policy program at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is active in the Kenya Diaspora Advisory Council of New England.


Kigo presenting a poster derived from KHAS data at the 2012 New England Science Symposium.

Jacob Kigo Kariuki KRCHN, BScN, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from University of Eastern Africa, Baraton. After his graduation in 2008 he worked as a staff nurse at Coast Provincial General Hospital in Kenya, before joining P.C.E.A Tumutumu School of Nursing in December 2009 where he worked as a nurse tutor. At Tumutumu, he worked closely with the deputy principal, Irene Ndigirigi, to foster the service learning and research partnership with UMass Boston. In that capacity he helped develop community outreach activities and continued the work of the Afya Njema project throughout the year. In 2011 he began his doctoral studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston and is enrolled in the PhD program in Population Health. He serves as the US coordinator for the Kenya Heart and Sole Afya Njema project and recently completed a five week Clinical Observation program at the Center for Nursing Excellence, Brigham and Women's Hospital.



Dr Caudill-Slosberg (right) attends to a client in the company of her Kenyan partner Simon (center)

Margaret Caudill-Slosberg MD, PhD, MPH, is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Boston and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Community Medicine and an Instructor in Anesthesiology at Dartmouth Medical School and the Dartmouth Institute. She received her MD and PhD Rom Case Western Reserve University in Ohio and her MPH from the Dartmouth Institute, Dartmouth Medical School. She has a longstanding interest in pain management and mind/body interactions and is the author of Managing Pain Before it Manages You a patient workbook for chronic pain management currently translated into Spanish, Chinese, Portugese, Polish and Russian. In addition to her pain management expertise she is a Rural Health Quality Improvement Specialist for the State of Vermont and contributes her services to free community health clinics in the state. Dr. Caudill-Slosberg serves as the lead pain specialist in the Kenya Heart and Sole project responsible for developing pain management prevention strategies and treatment protocols for the team.



Kathryn (center) shares a light moment with her Kenyan colleagues.


Kathryn Blum RN, MS, ANP-BC is a Lecturer in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Boston College. She received her Masters Degree as a Nurse Practitioner from Simmons College and is a faculty member in the Graduate Nurse Practitioner Program at UMass Boston. Professor Blum has expertise in primary care, acute care and community health. In addition to her faculty position at UMass Boston she maintains an active NP practice in the Pre-Admission Testing section at the New England Baptist Hospital. She is the lead primary care provider on the Kenya Heart and Sole team providing expertise on the treatment of infectious diseases and common primary care problems.


Anna Kagure Karani is currently an associate professor of Nursing at the University of Nairobi.


Anna Kagure Karani PhD, MA, BScN, DAN, RN/RM/CHN, is an Associate Professor of Nursing Education at the University of Nairobi from 2008, where she obtained her PhD in 2002. She has a great deal of experience in teaching and research work, with over 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals and books, along with abundant experience in clinical and community work. She has obtained several awards for promoting community work and nursing education. She is the chief nursing officer for St. John Ambulance Kenya, the vice chairman of the Nursing Council of Kenya, lead trainer for Leadership for Change for ICN Kenya, a member of ethics research committees at the University of Nairobi and KEMRI, and Chairperson of the Kenya Nursing Journal. She coordinates post-graduate programs and collaborations as head of Education/Administration School of Nursing Sciences at the University of Nairobi.



Angeline Kirui  currently a lecturer at the University of Nairobi.

Angeline Chepchirchir Kirui, KRCHN, MSc, BScN,is a nurse, medical microbiologist and lecturer at University of Nairobi (UoN). She has a bachelor’s degree in Nursing and a master’s degree in Medical Microbiology from UoN. Angeline trains students in clinical work, community diagnosis and research projects. She has research experience in the areas of nursing informatics, mycology, partner violence, and community awareness on vaginal fistula. She is a fellow in the Afya Bora global health leadership program.




Samuel Thuo Kimani currently a lecturer at the University of Nairobi.

Samuel Thuo Kimani, KRCHN, BScN, MSc, is a lecturer at the School of Nursing Sciences, University of Nairobi. He was among the pioneer nursing graduates of the University of Nairobi. He graduated in 1998 and has gained a vast amount of experience in nursing, in both private and public settings, since his graduation. In 2001-2002, he headed St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing, Kaloleni in Coast, before joining the University of Nairobi, School of Nursing as a junior faculty. Since then he has progressed up the training and career ladder within the university system. Kimani obtained his MSc in Medical Physiology and is currently pursuing his PhD. Kimani has a great interest in degenerative diseases related to cardiovascular/neurological systems and metabolic derangement, and also in the biomarkers of diseases which is the main focus of his PhD work. His teaching, clinical, and graduate supervision work involves cardiovascular/metabolic risk reduction among Kenyans. He has a lot of passion for working with communities to empower, build capacity and collaboration for disease prevention and control.




Peris Wategi Kiarie is currently the Principal, Kijabe Hospital School of Nursing.

Peris Wategi Kiarie KRCHN, BScN,is the principal of the Kijabe School of Nursing. She was born in central Kenya and obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Eastern Africa, Baraton in 2004, after which she worked at Consolata Hospital Mathari for one year as a nursing officer intern. In January 2006, she joined Consolata Hospital Nkubu Nursing School as a nurse tutor and served there for one year. In January 2007, she joined the Kijabe School of Nursing, first starting as a nurse tutor before becoming principal. She is currently pursuing her master’s in Health Information System Management at Vanderbilt University.




Faith Mwaniki

Faith Mwaniki KECHN/RH/KRCHN/BScN,student; for the past five years Faith has been teaching community health at Kijabe Hospital School of nursing. Currently, she is the tutor in charge of the Community health department. She received her basic nursing training at Tumutumu School of nursing, and thereafter worked in the school’s hospital rotating in all nursing departments. She also became a clinical instructor at the school for nine years before venturing in post basic studies at the Kenya Medical Training College, Nakuru. Upon completion of her studies at Nakuru she went back to Tumutumu hospital and served as a staff nurse, unit in charge and a tutor before relocating to Kijabe School of Nursing in 2007. Faith has done various short courses which include; - HIV/AIDS, immunization (DVI), family planning, basic life support, integrated management of childhood illnesses (IMCI), oncology nursing and effective teaching skills.





Irene W. Ndigirigi, currently the Deputy Principal, P.C.E.A. Tumutumu Hospital School of Nursing.
Irene Wangechi Ndigirigi KRCHN, HND, MED, is a nurse tutor and Deputy Principal at the P.C.E.A Tumutumu School of Nursing in Kenya. Born in central Kenya, she graduated from Clive Irvine College Chogoria in 1999 with a degree in Nursing. She worked as a nurse tutor at the Tumutumu School of Nursing from 1999 until 2007, when she proceeded to Kenya Medical Training College, Nairobi where she did a Higher National Diploma in Medical Education. In 2008, she returned to the P.C.E.A Tumutumu School of Nursing, where she is currently working as a Deputy Principal. She is the lead faculty member of Tumutumu responsible for collaboration with UMass Boston. She is married with three sons.





James Muturi Muchira
James Muturi Muchira, RN, BSN; is currently a nurse tutor at Tumutumu School of Nursing. He graduated from the University Of Eastern Africa, Baraton in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. He afterwards did his internship at Consolata Hospital -Nyeri and Kisii Level 5 Hospital. After internship, he moved to PCEA Chogoria Nursing School as a nurse tutor before relocating to his current place of work. James is now a team member for the Kenya heart and sole at Tumutumu.





Vincent Mutuma
Vincent Mutuma, KRCHN, works as the clinical instructor in P.C.E.A. Tumutumu School of nursing. He graduated from the same college with a diploma in nursing in the year 2010. He has worked with the Kenya Heart and sole from the year 2009. His philosophy embodies the spirit of sacrifice to alleviate human suffering