A Legendary Medical Professor Edemariam Tsega Passes Away

Sad News Hits Ethiopian Medical Community:

Ethiopian medical community lost Professor Edemariam Tsega.

Edemariam Tsega was  a well-known Professor both in Ethiopia and Canada.Before coming to Canada in the late 1990’s, Professor Edemariam had taught at Addis Ababa University Medical Faculty. Edemariam is well known for being the first people who single handedly establish the first residency training program in Ethiopia. As an excellent leader and researcher in the field of medicine, his life had been dedicated to the success of health care system in Ethiopia. Professor Edemariam was an exceptional clinician, a humanitarian and a man of integrity He will be greatly missed.

He also played major leadership roles in establishing medical and nursing schools in Ethiopia.

Professor Edemariam was a former clinical professor of medicine at Memorial University in Newfoundland and professor emeritus of medicine at McMaster University.

Funeral services will take place in Canada.

Professor Edemariam completed his primary education at Haile Sellssie I school in Gondar and his secondary education at Haile selassie I secondary school in Addis Ababa. He graduated from university college of Addis Ababa with bachelors degree in science in 1961 and then he joined McGill University where he got medical degree in 1965. He studied at London school of hygiene and tropical medicine in 1968. He did not want to stop there and even after becoming professor of medicine he eared PhD from Lund university, Malmo, Sweden. Professor Edemariam Tsega had received several honors and awards. To mention a few: he had received first prize with distinction from London School of tropical Medicine and Hygiene, distinguished scientist award from Addis Ababa University; Blue Nile medal for scientific achievement from government of Ethiopia and presidents Award for distinguished Services , Medical staff association, Hamilton Health Sciences, faculty of Medicine, McM aster University. He had several professional and academic appointments. He served in the department of Internal Medicine, faculty of medicine, Addis Ababa University from 1972-1994. He became professor of medicine in1981. He served as a head of department of Internal medicine for more than fifteen years and became dean of faculty of medicine Addis Ababa University (1992-1994). In 1995 after he moved to Canada he served as clinical professor of medicine , Faculty of medicine , Memorial University of Newfound land and he has been professor Emeritus of medicine , faculty of Medicine, McMaster University. Professor Edemariam Tsega had numerous academic, administrative and committee appointments to ministry of health of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa University, science and technology commission , Ethiopia; Commission of higher Education Ethiopia and has been a member several a large number of academic and professional associations. He had authored more than eighty scientific papers in medical journals and book chapters. Since 1994 he has traveled back to Ethiopia on several occasions and participated in program of visiting professorship in science and sustainable development established by International Council of Scientific Union, the Third World Academy of Sciences, The United Nations Educational and Cultural Organization, the Commonwealth Science Council and the Earth Council. His efforts are exemplary to many Ethiopians in Diaspora to participate in international development during this global age. Therefore we honor him for his outstanding achievements.

Education and Professional Standing

Before his passing away Professor Edemariam was  working as a full time Professor of Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine, McMaster University, since September 2001 and as Professor Emeritus since July, 2005. After obtaining a BSc degree from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, MD, CM, FRCP© from McGill University, Canada, DCMT(L) from the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, UK, Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, USA, Tsega returned to Ethiopia and worked in the Faculty Medicine, Addis Ababa University, for 23 years as physician (Professor of Medicine, 1986), clinical researcher, and administrator, including as Dean of the Medical School. During this time, he also obtained PhD in Clinical Virology from Lund University, Sweden.

Honours and awards:
The Frederick Mergatroyed Prize, London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene;
Blue Nile Medal, Ethiopian National Award for Scientific Achievement;
Distinguished Scientist, Addis Ababa University; Visiting Scientist Award, World Health Organization, Geneva;
Visiting Professorship, Third World Academy of Sciences.

Fellowship: The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada;
the American Medical Association;
The African Academy of Sciences;
and The Third World Academy of Sciences.


Selected Publications

Tsega E. Viral hepatitis and chronic liver disease in Ethiopia: Epidemiological and clinical aspects. Thesis with 8 original published articles, 1991; pp 1-156.
Tsega E, Horton J, Nordenfelt E, et al. Antibody levels in Ethiopian children five years after vaccination with two different doses of hepatitis B vaccine: Is there a need for booster vaccine? Can J Gastroenterol 1998; 12: 57-60.
Tsega E, Gebre W, Hathaway A, et al. Helicobacter pylori infection in Ethiopian patients with dyspepsia. Ethiop Med J 1996; 34; 145-152.
Tsega E. Long-term effect of high dose , short course chloroquine therapy on porphyria cutanea tarda. Quart J Med 1987; 65: 953-957.
Tsega E. The Liver in Principles of Medicine in Africa (Chapter); 3rd ed., Edited by Parry E, Godfrey R, Mabey D and Gill, G. Cambridge University Press. 2004; 991-1025.