Kenechukwu Chudy Onwugaje MBBS, MPH, MS, FACG

Associate Scholar

  •  Gastroenterologist/Interventional Endoscopist | BJC Healthcare System
  •  Nigeria | Rwanda
  •   Digestive Diseases | Global Endoscopy | Health Systems Strengthening

Languages: English(native) Igbo(native), West African Pidgin English (proficient)


Kenechukwu Chudy-Onwugaje, MBBS, MPH, MS, FACG is a gastroenterologist and interventional endoscopist with BJC Healthcare. He is passionate about the expansion of access to gastrointestinal endoscopy in sub-Saharan Africa through education and capacity building. He is a co-investigator of a project supported by the University of Maryland President’s Global Impact Fund to strengthen gastroenterology training in Rwanda.

He completed his Gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Maryland Medical Center and had further training in advanced endoscopy at the University of Pennsylvania.


I am the Chair of the International Relations Committee of the American College of Gastroenterology. In this role, I lead the efforts of the College in the engagement of her international membership. This is primarily through various educational activities and the provision of grant support for gastroenterologists and GI trainees to obtain international clinical and research training.

I am part of an ongoing collaborative effort between the Rwanda Society for Endoscopy, GI Rising and the University of Rwanda to support gastroenterology education and endoscopic training in Rwanda.


Chudy-Onwugaje K. Getting Started in Global Health: A Practical Guide for Gastroenterology Fellows. ACG Case Rep J. 2021; 8(1):e00514. PMID 34368384

Chudy-Onwugaje KO, von Rosenvinge E. Improving global digestive health: the gastroenterologists’ role. Lancet Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2020;5(10):882 – 883. PMID 32941831.

Chudy-Onwugaje K, von Rosenvinge E. Improving Global Digestive Health: The Gastroenterologists’ Role. Lancet Gastroenterol Hepatol 2020. In press, October 2020.

Rutaganda E, Bensen S, Kabakambira J, Kamali P, Ngabonziza F, Seminega B, Shikama F, Habyarimana O, Musabende M, Rutayisire D, Ingabire Z, Nyampinga D, Nyenyeri D, Niyomwungeri R, Nsengiyumva A, Mutabazi A, Igiraneza D, Shimwa F, Muhire E, Uwintwari M, Luft S, Von Rosenvinge E, Chudy-Onwugaje K, Duerkson D, Makrauer F, Walker T, Dusabejambo V. Three consecutive annual Rwanda Endoscopy week conferences broaden the training footprint. Poster presented at ENDO 2020 – 2nd World Congress of GI Endoscopy in Rio de Janeiro, March 2020.


Last Updated: 18 March 2024