Meet Dr Francis Muriithi, a new Senior Clinical Research Associate at CMNH.
Who are you?
I am an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist from Kenya. I qualified as a medical doctor 11 years ago and qualified as an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist 5 years ago. I am passionate about evidence-based practice and shared decision making in improving the quality of care given to women all over the world.
I graduated from the University of Nairobi School of Medicine (MBChB) in 2006, Aga Khan University (MMed) Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 2013, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (MRCOG) in 2015, completed the University of Oxford MSc in Evidence-Based Health care in 2016 and the Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research (GFMER) training in Sexual and Reproductive Health Research Training in 2014. I am currently pursuing a doctoral degree (PhD) in Maternal and Newborn Health at the University of Liverpool and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine focusing on maternal infections and sepsis.
Where were you before LSTM?
All over the world really!
My training, practice and exposure spans Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and Somaliland), Australia (Mercy Hospital for Women, Melbourne) and the United Kingdom (Oxford and the Royal Derby).
My most recent appointment was at the Royal Derby Hospital where I was Senior Clinical Fellow in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Previously I was based at the University of Oxford’s Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology where I was Clinical Research Fellow, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust where I was an Honorary Specialist Registrar and the Oxford Academic Health Science Network where I was an Evidence-Based Health Care Fellow.
Why have you moved to LSTM?
The aspirations of The Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health (CMNH) based at the LSTM and my own career aspirations converge on a common shared purpose: The Improvement of quality of care given to women in limited resource settings. It is indeed an opportunity to work with and gain mentorship from a world-renowned team as we work together towards achieving these common goals.
What do you hope to do in LSTM?
During this appointment, I hope to play an active role as a part of the team striving to make a positive impact in the lives of women, newborn babies and their families throughout the world. I will be making a direct contribution towards the planning and delivery of quality improvement projects in maternal and newborn health across Africa and Asia. As part of LSTM’s academic team, I will play a role in teaching and in postgraduate students’ research project supervision.