Kenechukwu Chudy Onwugaje MBBS, MPH, MS

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)


Dr. Chudy-Onwugaje is a gastroenterologist who recently completed advanced endoscopy training at HUP. His interests lie in the advancement of global digestive health equity and are particularly focused on expanding access to gastrointestinal endoscopy in sub-Saharan Africa. He is the co-investigator of a project supported by the University of Maryland President’s Global Impact Fund to strengthen gastroenterology training in Rwanda.

He completed an MPH degree with a concentration in Global Health and interned at the Global Health programme at Chatham House, London. During his gastroenterology fellowship at the University of Maryland, he was supported by a T32 grant from the NIH


In collaboration with the Rwandan Society for Endoscopy and an inter-professional group of practitioners, Dr. Chudy-Onwugaje has been involved in supporting the growth of gastroenterology in Rwanda through education, hands-on endoscopic training, patient care, and research.


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: 28 February 2022