Prof. Stephen Rulisa,MD, MMED, PhD

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- PhD, Academic Medical Centre, University of Amsterdam
- Master of Medicine (obstetrics and gynaecology) 
- Global health Leadership course - focus on strategic problem solving, Yale University, USA- 2009
- Certificate in Epidemiology, statistics & study design (Rotterdam, The Netherlands– 2008
- Certificate in Epidemiology, statistics &multivariate analysis (ULB, Belgium) – 2004
- Obstetrics ultrasound training- Amsterdam 2009
- Degree in General Medicine (MBch.B) – 2003
- Advanced Good Clinical Practice (Advanced GCP)& ethics in Clinical Research
- Several short courses on quality of health care, management and Research


- Academic Medical Centre, University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands) 2006- 2014 - PhD
- National University of Rwanda, 2003-2008- Master of Medicine (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
- National University of Rwanda, 1995-2003- General Medicine (MBchB)
- Ndejje Secondary School (Uganda) 1992-1994 
- Bombo secondary School (Uganda) 1986- 1991
- Kahilimbi primary school (Uganda) 1980- 1986

- Royal society of tropical medicine and hygiene-UK
- American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene-USA
- European Society of tropical medicine & International health
- Rwanda Science and Research Council (RSRC)
- Rwandan Medical Association
- Rwandan Society of Obstetricians gynecologist


Prof. Dr Stephen Rulisa is a Full Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Dean School of Medicine and Pharmacy, University of Rwanda.

Prior to this, he was head of department of obstetrics and gynecology at University of Rwanda, he also headed department of Research at University Teaching hospital of Kigali, and he also holds other adjunct appointments at other International Universities

Professor Rulisa is an Obstetrician gynecologist with a PhD in Infectious Diseases focusing on Malaria During Pregnancy and has also a strong background in epidemiology, public health and global health with a keen interest in health systems strengthening.

Has a strong Research interest especially in Reproductive health, infectious diseases and health systems and published many papers in peer review journal

His current aim is strengthening Medical education to improve health outcomes

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KEY RELEVANT PUBLICATIONS 1. Efficacy of a novel sublingual spray formulation of artemether in African children with falciparum malaria. Daryl Bendel Stephen Rulisa Patrick Ansah Sodiomon Sirima 24 August 2015;DOI:10.1128/AAC.00243-15 2. Maternal near miss and mortality in a tertiary care hospital in Rwanda Stephen Rulisa, Immaculee Umuziranenge, Maria Small and Jos van Roosmalen BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth (2015) DOI 10.1186/s12884-015-0619-8 3. Investigating the association between pregnancy intention and insecticide-treated bed net (ITN) use: a cross-sectional study of pregnant women in Rwanda Nandini Thogarapalli, Paul Mkandawire, Stephen Rulisa, Isaac Luginaah 01/2015; DOI:10.1007/s10389-015-0676-5, J Public Health 4. A multi-platform metabolomics approach identifies novel biomarkers associated with bacterial diversity in the human vagina Amy McMillan, Stephen Rulisa, Mark Sumarah, Jean M. Macklaim, Justin Renaud, Jordan Bisanz, Gregory B. Gloor, Gregor Reid 5. The Impact of Introducing New Vaccines on the Health System: Case Studies from Six Low- and Middle-Income Countries Helen Elizabeth Denise Burchett; Sandra Mounier-Jack; Sergio Torres Rueda; Ulla K Griffiths, PhD; Pierre Ongolo-Zogo; Stephen Rulisa; Jean-Marie Edengue; Enrique Chavez; Yayehyirad Kitaw; Mitike Mollas: Vaccine : Volume 32, Issue 48, 12 November 2014, Pages 6505–6512 6. Harnessing microbiome and probiotic research in sub-Saharan Africa: recommendations from an African workshop: the launch of Microbiome. Gregor Reid, Nicholas Nduti, Wilbert Sybesma, Remco Kort, Tobias R Kollmann, Rod Adam, Hamadi Boga, Eric M Brown, Alexandra Einerhand, Hani El-Nezami, Gregory B Gloor, Irene I Kavere, Johanna Lindahl, Amee Manges, Wondu Mamo, Rocio Martin, Amy McMillan, Jael Obiero, Pamela A Ochieng¿, Arnold Onyango, Stephen Rulisa, Eeva Salminen, Seppo Salminen, Antony Sije, Jonathan R Swann, William van Treuren, Daniel Waweru and Steve J Kemp Microbiome, 2:12 (16 Apr 2014) 7. Affordable assessment of newborn brain health following perinatal asphyxia in East Africa: a pilot study (728.6) David Clay, Bobby Stojanoski, Annika Linke, Daniel Cameron, Aggrey Wasunna, Stephen Rulisa and Rhodri Cusack The Journal of the federation of American societies for experimental biology. ( The FASEB Journal)vol. 28 no. 1 Supplement 728.6 April 2014 8. Introducing and evaluating competency-based teaching in Rwandan teaching hospitals; a student vs. teacher perspective Zulianna Ibrahim, Stephen Rulisa and Marjorie Johnson The FASEB Journal vol. 28 no. 1 Supplement 535.5(2014) 9. Sustained knowledge acquisition among Rwandan physicians participating in a six-month ultrasound training program Henwood PC, Douglass ER, Rempell JS, Murray AF, Liteplo AS, Mackenzie DC, Leo MM, Dean AJ, Vaillancourt S, Krebs E, Dukundane D, Rulisa S, Noble V. Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine, 15(S1), S92 (2014) 10. Community mobilization for malaria elimination: application of an open space methodology in Ruhuha sector, Rwanda Chantal Marie Ingabire, Jane Alaii, Emmanuel Hakizimana,Fredrick Kateera,Daniel Muhimuzi,Ingmar Nieuwold,Karsten Bezooijen, Stephen Rulisa, Nadine Kaligirwa, Claude Muvunyi, Constantianus JM Koenraadt, Leon Mutesa, Michele Van Vugt and Bart Van Den Borne Malaria Journal 2014, 13:167 11. Point-of-care ultrasound use over six-month training period in Rwandan district hospitals. Henwood PC, Rempell JS, Liteplo AS, Mackenzie DC, Vaillancourt S, Douglass ER, Dukundane D, Rulisa Stephen, Dean AJ, Noble V. African Journal of Emergency Medicine Volume 3, Issue 4, Supplement, December 2013, Pages S5–S6 12. Sustained knowledge acquisition among Rwandan physicians participating in six-month ultrasound training program Henwood PC, Douglass ER, Rempell JS, Murray AF, Liteplo AS, Mackenzie DC, Leo MM, Dean AJ, Vaillancourt S, Krebs E, Dukundane D, Rulisa Stephen, Noble V. African Journal of Emergency Medicine Volume 3, Issue 4, Supplement, December 2013, Pages S15–S16 13. A comparison of the pharmacokinetics of Aspen Ceftriaxone and Rocephin in community-acquired meningitis G A Richards,E Elliott, E J Shaddock,D Mushi, M Mzileni,R Ray, Stephen Rulisa, F Seolwane,S L Stacey, A Stolz, J P Venturas, H Schoeman S Afr Med J 2013; 103; 103(12):906-906.DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.7086 14. “Near Miss” Maternal Mortality: Uterine and Intestinal Rupture following Blunt Trauma. Venant N, Rulisa Stephen, Small M. Accepted to Journal of Women’s Health Issues and Care, 2013 15. Prophylactic ampicillin versus cefazolin for the prevention of post-cesarean infectious morbidity in Rwanda Victor N Mivumbi, Sarah E Little, Stephen Rulisa, James A Greenberge Int J gynecol obstet. Nov 2013 16. Malaria prevalence, spatial clustering and risk factors in a low endemic area of eastern Rwanda: a cross sectional study Stephen Rulisa, Fredrick Kateera, Jean Pierre Bizimana, Steven Agaba, Javier Dukuzumuremyi, Lisette Baas, Jean de Dieu Harelimana, Petra F Mens, Kimberly R Boer, Peter J de Vries; PLoS ONE 01/2013; 8(7):e69443 17. Barriers and solutions for timely initiation of antenatal care in Kigali, Rwanda: Health facility professionals’ perspective Jill Hagey, Stephen Rulisa, Rafael Pérez-Escamilla. Midwifery. 2013 Mar 26 18. Emergency Obstetrics Knowledge Retention and Predictors of Competence Among Senior Medical Students at the National University of Rwanda Faculty of Medicine; Int J gynecol obstet. Dec 2012 Nazaneen Homaifar, MBA, David Mwesigye, MD, Samuel Tchwenko, MPH, Ayaba Worjoloh, MD, MPH, Shahrzad Joharifard, Patrick Kyamanywa, MD, MPH, FHEA, Jeff Wilkinson, MD, Stephen Rulisa, MD, Nathan M. Thielman, MD, MPH 19. Pharmacovigilance of artemether-lumefantrine in pregnant women followed until delivery in Rwanda. Stephen Rulisa, Nadine Kaligirwa, Steven Agaba, Corine Karema, Petra F Mens, and Peter J de Vries . Malaria Journal 2012, 11:225 20. Fetal and maternal hemodynamics in acute malaria during pregnancy. Stephen Rulisa, Nadine Kaligirwa , Steven Agaba , Placide Karangayire ,Petra F. Mens , Peter J. de Vries. Int J gynecol obstet. July 2012 21. Prevalence and predictors of giving birth in health facilities in BugeseraDistrict, Rwanda. BMC Public Health 2012, 12:104 Shahrzad Joharifard, Stephen Rulisa, Francine Niyonkuru, Andrew Weinhold, Felix Sayinzoga, Jeffrey Wilkinson, Jan Ostermann7 and Nathan M Thielman 22. Knowledge, attitudes, and practices in safe motherhood care among obstetric providers in Bugesera, Rwanda. Int J gynecol obstet. Nov 2011. Ruchi Puria,Stephen Rulisa,Shahrzad Joharifardc,Jeffrey Wilkinsond, Patrick Kyamanywae, Nathan Thielmana 23. International Medical graduates in the USA: a quantitative study on perceptions of physicians migration. BMJ open 2011 G Chen, D Berger, A Gozu, S Rulisa, L A Carry 24. Achieving large ends with limited means: Grand strategy in global health, International health, 2010 Leslie A Curry, Minh A Luong,Stephen Rulisa, Laurent Tailor, Elizabeth H Bradley 25. Malaria has no effect on birth weight in Rwanda Stephen Rulisa ,Pètra F Mens, CorineKarema, Henk DFH Schallig, Nadine Kaligirwa, Joseph Vyankandondera, Peter J de Vries: Malaria Journal 2009, 8;194 26. Efficacy and safety of a fixed dose artesunate-sulfamethoxypyrazine-pyrimethamine compared to artemether-lumefantrine for the treatment of uncomplicated falciparum malaria across Africa: a randomized multi-centre trial. IssakaSagara, MD, Stephen Rulisa, MD WilfredMbacham, PhD, Ishag Adam, MD, KouraneSissoko, MD, HammaMaiga, MD, Oumar B Traore, MD, NiawanlouDara, PharmD, Yahia T Dicko, MD, AlassaneDicko MD, AbdoulayeDjimde, PhD, F. Herwig Jansen MD, Ogobara K Doumbo, MD: Malar J. 2009 Apr 14;8(1):63; 27. Genetic Analysis of Rwandan patients with cystic fibrosis like- symptoms: identification of novel Cystic fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator (CFTR) and Epithelial Sodium Channel Gene Variants (ENaC). Mutesa L, Azad AK, Verhaeghe C, Segers K, Vanbellinghen JF, Ngendahayo L, Rusingiza EK, Mutwa PR, Rulisa Stephen, Koulischer L, Cassiman JJ, Cuppens H, Bours V.(2008) : Chest. 2008 Nov 18. 28. Comparison of different artemisinin-based combinations for the treatment of Plasmodium falciparum malaria in children in Kigali, Rwanda, an area of resistance tosulfadoxine-pyrimethamine: artesunate plus sulfadoxine/pyrimethamine versus artesunate plus sulfamethoxypyrazine/pyrimethamine. Rulisa Stephen, Gatarayiha JP, Kabarisa T, Ndayisaba G.(2007): Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2007 Oct; 77(4):612-6. 29. Neonatal screening for sickle cell disease in Central Africa: a study of 1825 newborns with a new enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay test. Mutesa L, Boemer F, Ngendahayo L, Rulisa Stephen, Rusingiza EK, Cwinya-Ay N, Mazina D, Kariyo PC, Bours V, Schoos R.J Med Screen. 2007; 14(3):113-6 30. The added value of ultrasound for the diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy in women operated for lower abdominal pain. Rulisa Stephen.,Vyankandondera J, Van den Ende J. (2006): Rwanda medical journal Sept. 2006 31. The outcome of breach presentation: experience of CHUK Munyankindi L, Vyankandondera J, S Rulisa; Rwanda medical Journal 2011 32. Effects of malaria on pregnancy in Rwanda (2002–2007) – Study on pregnancy outcomes. Stephen Rulisa, Peter J. de Vries, J. Vyankandondera International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics (Impact Factor: 1.56). 10/2009; 107. DOI: 10.1016/S0020-7292(09)61187-5