A Great Success! KUTTRH marked the first case of Open-Heart Surgery

Nairobi, 28th April 2022. Kenyatta University Teaching Research and Referral Hospital (KUTTRH) officially marked the first case of Open-Heart Surgery. In a media briefing at the Hospital, KUTRRH Board Chairperson Prof. Olive Mugenda noted that the hospital celebrates the milestone after the successful open-heart surgeries on two patients on Tuesday 26th April 2022, who are now recuperating as well as a third patient who was successfully operated on Thursday 28th April 2022.

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The successful heart surgeries were the first of many to be conducted at KUTRRH as the facility lives to the promise of cutting-edge patient-centred care. Prof. Mugenda acknowledged and thanked the specialists who conducted the successful procedures in her remarks. The team responsible for the successful surgeries included;


  • Dr Robert Mathenge
  • Dr David Kanyeki

Cardiovascular Surgeons

  • Dr James Chege Munene – lead surgeon
  • Dr Albert Ruturi – Lead surgeon
  • Dr Mishra Bashisth
  • Dr Enoch Makori


  • Dr Isaac Adembesa
  • Dr David Waruinge
  • Dr Killian Kariuki


  • Dennis Mwenda- Theatre in charge
  • Karanu – Cardiac theatre nurse

She noted that courtesy of an ongoing partnership with the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF), the procedures were provided to patients at no additional cost.

In addition, she lauded the ongoing government support in keeping with the National Health Agenda with special recognition of the contribution of the late President Mwai Kibaki, who laid the foundation stone for the hospital.

In her closing remarks, she reiterated the need for more Kenyans to take advantage of the cutting-edge diagnostic and treatment facilities at KUTRRH to alleviate the need for medical tourism to other far nations.

By: Kagweni Micheni & Patrick Ndung’u – Communications & Marketing

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