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Person Profile

Name: Doreen Nakku

Position: Senior Lecturer

Qualifications: MBChB, MMed.ENT, Fellowship in Otology/Neurotology

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Research group and field am actively involved; Global Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery

Southern and East African Hearing Impairment Network

World Forum for Ear and Hearing Health, WHO

Role: Co-PI

My research interests

-Promotion of Hearing and ear health in the community

-Improvement of resident training in Otology

Unique responsibilities in the Department

  • Ag Head of Department, ENT
  • Director, MUST Temporal Bone Dissection Course
  • Coordinator for department collaborations

Notable achievements

  • Pioneer resident MUST ENT, 2010
  • Ag Head of Department, ENT, 2018
  • Instituted an annual Temporal Bone dissection course at MUST that serves several international students and faculty
  • Established an Head and Neck surgery resident rotation at Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences in Bugando, Mwanza, Tanzania

Role related posts held                                                                                   

  • Vice Chair of Faculty Research Committee

Member of Faculty of Medicine Post graduate committee



  1. Clark, M.P.A., Nakku, D. and Westerberg, B.D.,: An endoscopic ear trainer for the low resource setting., 2019. The Journal of Laryngology & Otology, 133(1), pp.1-4.


  1. Kisa, Phyllis  Grabski, David  Ozgediz, Doruk  Ajiko, Margaret  Aspide, Raffaele  Baird, Robert  Barker, Gillian  Birabwa-Male, Doreen  Blair, Geoffrey  Cameron, Brian  Cheung, Maija & Cigliano, Bruno & Cunningham, David & D'Agostino, Sergio & Doreen, Nakku  Duffy, Damian  Evans, Faye  Fitzgerald, Tamara  Galiwango, George  Gerolmini, Domenico  Villalona, Gustavo. (2019). Unifying Children’s Surgery and Anesthesia Stakeholders Across Institutions and Clinical Disciplines: Challenges and Solutions from Uganda. World Journal of Surgery. 43. 1-15. 10.1007/s00268-018-04905-9.


  1. Nyaiteera, V., Nakku, D., Nakasagga, E., Llovet, E., Kakande, E., Nakalema, G., Byaruhanga, R. and Bajunirwe, F.: The burden of chronic rhinosinusitis and its effect on quality of life among patients re-attending an otolaryngology clinic in south western Uganda., 2018. BMC Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders, 18(1), p.10.


  1. Clark, M  Westerberg, B  Nakku, Doreen  Carling, P. (2018). Education in ear and hearing care in remote or resource-constrained environments. The Journal of Laryngology & Otology. 133. 1-8. 10.1017/S002221511800110X.


  1. Luu, K., Straatman, L., Nakku, D., Westerberg, B., Carter, N. and Clark, M.: Evaluation of a low-fidelity ear surgery simulator in a low-resource setting., 2017. The Journal of Laryngology & Otology, 131(11), pp.1010-1016.
  2. Doreen Nakku, Victoria Nyaiteera, Evelyn Llowet, Dennis Nanseera, Gladys Nakalema, Brian Westerberg and Francis Bajunirwe. HIV status and hearing loss among children between 6 and 12 years of age at a large urban health facility in south western Uganda. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, 2017 Oct, 101: 172-177


  1. Nakku D, Byaruhanga R, Bajunirwe F, Kyamwanga IT: A case control study of the factors associated with occurrence of aerodigestive foreign bodies in children in a regional referral hospital in South Western Uganda. BMC Ear Nose Throat Disorders. 2016 Mar 15;16:5. doi: 10.1186/s12901-016-0026-4. eCollection 2016.


  1. Aron M, Lea J, Nakku D, Westerberg BD.: Symptom Resolution Rates of Posttraumatic versus Nontraumatic Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo: A Systematic Review. Otolaryngology Head Neck Surgery. 2015 Nov;153(5):721-30. doi: 10.1177/0194599815594384. Epub 2015 Jul 16. Review.


  1. Basañez I, Nakku D, Stangl S, Wanna GB.: Prevalence of hearing loss among primary school children in Mbarara, Uganda. Int J Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology. 2015 Dec;79(12):2359-63. doi: 10.1016/j.ijporl.2015.10.044. Epub 2015 Nov 3.


  1. Emmett SD, Tucci DL, Smith M, Macharia IM, Ndegwa SN, Nakku D, Mukara KB, Ibekwe TS, Mulwafu W, Gong W, Francis HW, Saunders JE.: GDP Matters: Cost Effectiveness of Cochlear Implantation and Deaf Education in Sub-Saharan Africa. Otology Neurotol. 2015 Sep;36(8):1357-65. doi: 10.1097/MAO.0000000000000823. Erratum in: Otology Neurotol. 2015 Dec;36(10):1765.


11. Seguya, A., Bajunirwe, F., Kakande, E., & Nakku, D. (2021). Maternal knowledge on infant hearing loss and acceptability of hearing aids as an intervention at a Referral Hospital in southwestern Uganda. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, 110722.


12. Kligerman MP, Lamour S, Okerosi S; Global OHNS Initiative. Challenges facing otolaryngologists in low- and middle-income countries during the COVID-19 pandemic. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol. 2020 Nov;138:110322. doi: 10.1016/j.ijporl.2020.110322. Epub 2020 Aug 18. PMID: 32861979; PMCID: PMC7434320.


13. James O’Donovan, Doreen Nakku, Diego Santana, Oh: Bringing ear care and hearing services to the hardest to reach: The potential of General physician, Nurse practitioner and Community Health Workers. ENT & AUDIOLOGY NEWS VOLUME 30 ISSUE 2 MAY/JUNE 2021


14. James O’Donovan, Doreen Nakku, Nyanzi Daniel, Esher Nakasagga, Mahmood Bhutta

Training, supervision, and performance of Community Health Workers in the delivery of ear and hearing care to 321 community members in rural Uganda (In publication in Clinical Otolaryngology)



Book Chapters and reports

  1. Regan Bergmark, Wendy Williams, Johanna N. Riesel, Doreen Nakku, and Mack Cheney. Book title: Global Surgery and Anesthesia Manual: Providing Care in Resource-limited Settings Book chapter: Developing Surgical Capacity: Models of Implementation, ISBN-13: 978-1482247305, ISBN-10: 9781482247305. Meara, John G., et al., eds. Global surgery and anesthesia manual: providing care in resource-limited settings. CRC Press, 2014.


  1. Contributor to the WHO World Hearing report, 2016 to 2021. The Uganda experience. (Online report)






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