Prof. MM Mbalu, 1993 - 1999
Prof. MM Mbalu, 1993 - 1999

Prof.Michael Mwasia Mbalu retired from the University of Nairobi and now lives in Machakos. He is married with two grown up children both of whom are resident in the United States of America (USA).

He was born on 29th September,1941 in Muvuti Location near Machakos town and attended Kaani Primary and Makueni Intermediate Schoosl where he emerged top of the district in his final examinations. He attended Machakos High School for his form 1 to 4 and while there he was actively involved in extra curriculla activities, was a school prefect, chairman of debating society, incharge of the school canteen and a troop leader and was also active in athletics and in particular was champion of field events. He went to Makerere University College for his forms 5 & 6 and was later admitted at Makerere University in 1963 to study medicine and graduated with an MB ChB degree in 1966.

He commenced on his internship at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) in March 1967 following which he was posted to Wesu District Hospital where he became the first indigenous Kenyan Medical Officer of Health (MOH) in charge of Taita Taveta District. He was the only doctor overseeing delivery of medical services in Wesu, Voi and Taveta. In 1969, he returned to KNH to work as a Senior House Officer (SHO) in Surgery Department and in 1970 he was sent to Glasgow where he passed his FRCS (General Surgery) examinations. He was subsequently employed for one year in a Paediatric Plastic Surgery Unit at the Booth Hall Hospital in Manchester. Upon his return to Kenya in 1974, he was posted to Nyanza Provincial General Hospital in Kisumu where he worked as Provincial Surgeon in charge of Kisumu, Siaya, Kisii and Homabay. He was awarded an 18 month scholarship to sudy Plastic Surgery in USA at the University of Carlifornia, Los Angeles from where he got his UCLA Licenship in Plastic Surgery. His two children were born during this stay America.

On returning back to Kenya in 1975, he was made In Charge of Plastic Surgery at KNH - Kabete and was also in charge of Plastic Surgery services for the whole of Kenya. In 1984, he started the KNH Burns Unit and was in charge of the KNH Plastic Surgery Ward 14 where he worked with an expatriat Egyptian surgeon. He was also at the time, a Deputy Director of the African Medical & Research Foundation (AMREF) assisting Dr.Michael Wood.

He was appointed as lecturer in the Department of Surgery of the University of Nairobi in 1980 and was appointed a Professor in 1990. He later became the Chairman of the Department of Surgery after Prof.J.M.Kyambi. The first OperationSmile Mission to Kenya was conducted under him around that time.

When he retired, he focused on assisting financially handicapped people who he treated without charging consultation fees at his clinic in Machakos town. While working for this underprivilged group in Machakos, he developed interest in elimination of sexually transmitted diseases and has written 13 fictional books based on this theme. His dream was to see reduction of STDs to zero level through scientific endeavours. He died on 20th May, 2014 and is survived by his wife and two children. May he Rest In Peace.