History of the ENT unit


The first surgeon to perform ENT procedures at the Kenyatta National Hospital (then King George VI), was Dr. Peter Clifford. A head and neck surgeon who also doubled up as a neurosurgeon

(Dr. Peter Clifford)

Born 1921 and Irish by birth.

Attended the University of Dublin and graduated in 1945 with FRCS.  Held various house jobs in Coventry and Gloucester, UK.  His love for travel brought him to Africa and he joined the then King George VI approximately 1960

Activities while at KNH were numerous and he is best remembered for his innovative treatment at the time of nasopharyngeal carcinoma with nitrogen mustard.

He published many papers including a number on Burkitts Lymphoma, his pet subject, Epidemiology of Nasopharyngeal carcinoma, Viral carcinogenesis in nasopharyngeal carcinoma, Viral carcinogenesis in Burkitts lymphoma, Hormonal profiles in nasopharyngeal carcinoma patients, Chemoradiation of nasopharyngeal carcinoma, Use of Abdominal tourniquet in chemotherapy of Burkitts lymphoma

Returned to England in 1970 and was consultant head and neck surgeon at the Royal Marsden and King’s College Hospital, London.  Died from Multiple sclerosis on 25th November 2002.

The next ENT surgen was Inderjit Singh Bal, MB,BS (Delhi) 1968,  MS(Otorhynolaryngology) (Dheli) 1972 .

Arrived in Kenya from and India in 1973 and was recruited into the department of surgery in 1973 and recognised as ENT specialist  in 1974

Died 31st July 1994.


(Herbert Oburra)

The first indigenous ENT surgeon was Prof. Herbert Oburra, MMed General Surgery  1982; FRCSE 1987

Appointed lecturer October 1988

Thereafter others followed;

Dr. Titus Sisenda, Prof Isaac Macharia, Dr Peter. Mugwe, Dr. Aswani, Dr.John Ayugi and Dr. Catherine irungu