PASCAR Council

Bongani Mayosi

Professor Bongani Mayosi, President PASCAR National Council

Bongani Mayosi is a South African cardiology professor who was awarded his county's highest honor, the Order of Mapungubwe in 2009. He is the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Cape Town South Africa. 

He qualified in medicine from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, and trained in internal medicine and cardiology in Cape Town. He was the Nuffield Oxford Medical Fellow in cardiovascular medicine at the University of Oxford from 1998 to 2001. His research interests include genetics of cardiovascular traits, treatment of tuberculous pericarditis, prevention of rheumatic fever, and epidemiology of heart failure in Africa. He is the Chairman of the South African National Health Research Committee, President of the Pan-African Society of Cardiology (PASCAR), and Associate Editor for Circulation. 

Samuel Omokhodion

Samuel Omokhodion, Ex Officio

Professor Samuel  I. OMOKHODION  MBBS(Ib), FMCPaed, FWACP, FRCPCH(UK) Academic and clinical Head of the Department of Paediatrics, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, and University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria. Head of the Division of Paediatric Cardiology. Also Currently Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Nigerian Journal of Cardiology. SPESIALIAZION: Paediatric Cardiology SPECIAL INTERESTS are Myocardial Markers, Heart failure, Interventional Cardiology, Echocardiography, Epidemiology of Paediatric heart diseases.

Benedict Anisiuba

Anisiuba Benedict Chukwuemeka, Secretary General

Dr Anisiuba is a Consultant Physician and Cardiologist at the National Cardiothoracic Centre of Excellence, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Ituku-Ozalla, Enugu. He is also a Senior Lecturer at the College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus. He has a Fellowship in Internal Medicine from the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria. He also bagged the Dr Vincent Uzodike Prize as the Best Graduating Part II Final Candidate in Internal Medicine from the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria. Dr Anisiuba has a Certification in Basic and Doppler Echocardiography from ‘Hopital Generale’ , Yaounde, Cameroun and University of Yaounde, Cameroon. He also has Certification in Colour Doppler Echocardiography from Shantou Institute of Ultrasonic Instruments, Republic of China. His research interests include valvular heart diseases and burden of hypertension in the community. Currently, Dr Anisiuba is the Zonal Coordinator for the Remedial Course and Pre-Registration Examination for foreign medical graduates organized by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria. Currently, Dr Anisiuba is the Zonal Coordinator for the Remedial Course and Pre-Registration Examination for foreign medical graduates organized by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria.


Karin Sliwa

Karin Sliwa, Treasurer


Prof. Karen Sliwa, MD, PhD, FESC, FACC, DTM & H- is the Director of the Hatter Institute for Cardiovascular Research in Africa (, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Born in Germany, studying Medicine, undergoing training as a physician and cardiologist in a number of countries, she lives in South Africa since 1992.

Cardiovascular disease in pregnancy and postpartum is one of her main areas of clinical and pathophysiological research. Recent progress in understanding underlying pathophysiology of Peripartum Cardiomyopathy, enabled by novel experimental approaches interlinked with unique international efforts has led to great progress in awareness and management of the disease. In order to coordinate efforts even better, a Study Group, ‘Peripartum Cardiomyopathy’, of the Heart Failure Association of the European Cardiac Society, chaired by her and others was formed in 2009. That has led to a large international registry under the EuroObservational Programe on Peripartum Cardiomyopathy.

Together with her long-term collaborator, Prof. Simon Stewart, Melbourne, Australia, she established a population study in Africa called the ‘Heart of Soweto Study’ to investigate the prevalence, presentation and management of cardiac disease in an urban African population. This study, on more than 8000 patients, highlighted the high prevalence of hypertension, obesity and cardiac disease in women of childbearing age. She has recently expanded her population studies (under the umbrella of the ‘Heart of Africa studies’) to other African countries, including Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania, Kenya and Sudan. She has designed a number of innovative research programs and leveraged funding for several major research projects, not only in South Africa and the rest of Africa, but also internationally. She has published more than 200 articles and her work is highly cited.

In recognition of her work Prof Sliwa has received several prestigious awards.

Karen Sliwa serves on a number of editorial boards and is also an editorial consultant to ‘The Lancet’. Furthermore, she is the past president of the South African Heart Association, serves on the board of the South African Heart Failure Society (Hefssa;, which was established under her leadership 2005. She also president elect World Heart Federation (2017-2019), a member of the European Cardiac Society International Affairs committee and is board member of the Pan African Society of Cardiology.

Ana Olga Mocumbi

Ana Olga Mocumbi, Vice President of the Southern region

Dr Ana Olga Mocumbi received her MD from Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM), Mozambique, and her Ph.D from the Imperial College London, United Kingdom. She has been linked to training activities since her initial years at the Faculty of Medicine, where she was Assistant in Practical Lectures in Anatomy. After her initial medical training, Mocumbi went to a remote area to work as a general practitioner for four years, and afterwards obtained her specialisation in cardiology at the Heart Institute in Mozambique and a Diploma in Paediatric Cardiology from René Descartes University in Paris, France. She has been actively involved in the training of medical doctors and other health staff (general and paediatric nurses, laboratory technicians, medical technicians) during her career, through working at UEM, the High School of Medicine and Technology (ISCTEM), the Higher Institute for Health Professionals (ISCISA) and the Institutes of Health Sciences in Mozambique. Mocumbi is currently the editor-in-chief of the scientific journal of the National Health Institute in Mozambique (Revista Moc Ciencias de Saúde). She has been working as a clinician since her graduation and has particular interest in neglected diseases in Africa. Substantial management expertise was gained while serving as a general practitioner and provincial manager of Health Resources and Training in a Mozambique province between 1993 and 1997. During and after that period she has participated in several national and international courses on endemic disease, medical education, leadership and management. Mocumbi gained additional relevant experience as a temporary adviser/consultant to the Ministry of Health, where she participated in designing curricula, as well as writing and reviewing manuals for use by health workers in Mozambique. From 2001 to 2010 she was the deputy director and head of the Research Department at the Heart Institute in Mozambique.

Saad Subahi

Saad Subahi, Vice President of the Northern region

MBBS Khartoum University, FRCP London, FRCPI.
Consultant cardiologist with interest in echocardiography and cardiac imaging, Ribat University Hospital, Khartoum, Sudan.
Associate Professor, College of Medicine, Alribat National University Khartoum, Sudan.
President Sudan Heart Society from 2012 - 2014.
Member, Cardiology advisory Council, Federal Ministry of Health, Sudan.
Member, Cardiology Board, Medical Specialization Council, Sudan.
Vice President Cardiology Board, Sudan Medical Council.
Member, National Committee for Control of RHD Sudan.
Member, Human Drugs Committee, National Council for Drugs and Poisons, Sudan.


Elijah Ogola

Elijah Ogola, Vice President of the Eastern region

Professor Elijah Nyainda Ogola is the chairman of the department of clinical medicine at the University of Nairobi. He is a clinical cardiologist. His main research interest is the emergence of cardiovascular risk factors in Africa.


Serigne BA

Serigne BA, Vice President of the Western region

Professor Serigne Abdou BA is the head of the Department of Cardiovascular Diseases at Le Dantec Teaching Hospital of Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal. He is running one of the biggest schools of cardiology in Africa. His main research interests are epidemiology, prevention and control of cardiovascular diseases, pacing and coronaroangiography.


Samuel Kingue

Samuel Kingue, Vice President of the central region







Awad Mohammed

Awad Mohammed, Assisitant General Secretary of the Northern region

Dr. Awad Abdalla A. Mohamed is a consultant interventional cardiologist and assistant Professor of Cardiology at the University Of Khartoum. He is also the head of the adult cardiology division of the Sudan Medical Specialisation Board, a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London and is a registered cardiologist in Ireland. His educational background includes an MSc in cardiology from the Imperial College, London University, an MSc in interventional cardiology and an MD in cardiology from Dublin University and a European Certificate of Specialist Training in Cardiology, IMC.

Johan Brink

Johan Brink, Assisitant General Secretary of the Southern region

Professor Johan Brink qualified MB ChB from University of Cape Town in 1976. Early medical career and military service in variety of disciplines in hospitals in South Africa and Namibia. Commenced Cardiothoracic Surgery training in St Louis Missouri USA in 1982. Completed Cardiothoracic Surgery training at Groote Schuur (GSH) and Red Cross Children’s (RXH) Hospitals and the University of Cape Town under Christiaan Barnard and his  successors: 1984 to 1988. Awarded the Fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery of the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa in 1988   FCS (Cardthor) (SA). Consultant in Cardiothoracic Surgery at UCT, GSH and RXH since 1988.  Director of Heart Transplantation since 1993. Associate Professorship 2003. Since 2004: Principal Specialist and Director of Clinical Services in the Dept of Cardiothoracic Surgery UCT and its Associated Academic hospitals – Groote Schuur,  Red Cross Children’s, and UCT Private Academic Hospitals. Special interests: Thoracic Organ Transplantation.  Aortic and Mitral valve repair, Minimally invasive cardiac surgery;. Thoracic Aortic surgery. Off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery.  Arrhythmia surgery. Adult and paediatric congenital heart disease.  Pulmonary thrombo-endarterectomy.   HOCM surgery. Has presented at congresses nationally and internationally. Has trained around 20 cardiothoracic surgeons. Has held the following positions at various times over the last 15 years. President of the South African Transplantation Society; President and Secretary of the South African Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons; President and Senator of the College of Cardiothoracic Surgery within the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa  (three 3-year terms);Previous Treasurer and Present Secretary-General (South) of the Pan African Society of Cardiology (PASCAR). Ambitions:  To assist in developing sustainable cardiac centres in Africa and to enable valve repair surgery in Africa to be more widely available. 

Harun Otieno

Harun Otieno, Assisitant General Secretary of the Eastern region

Harun Otieno is an Interventional Cardiologist at Africa Heart Associates based in Nairobi. He was the Director of the Cardiac Program (January 2009 - December 2012)and The Catheterization Laboratory (2008 - December 2012) at the Aga Khan University Hospital, Kenya. Here, he developed an Invasive/Interventional Cardiology Program at AKUHN being the first regional radial access cardiac catheterization laboratory performing advanced heart procedures percutaneous coronary interventions through the wrist artery. He was Assistant Professor in Department of Medicine from 2008 to 2012. Dr. Otieno is a Member and Advisor for specialty health care in Cardiology, Internal Medicine and Noncommunicable diseases to Government of Kenya, Vision 2030 Technical Committee: Health & Medical Tourism (2012-2013). Working together with Kenya Cardiac Society as Vice Secretary PASCAR East, he organized the first East African Cardiovascular Forum bringing over 70 clinicians from the East Africa region to discuss local perspectives on cardiac diseases. Additionally he worked on developing course content for several educational programs in March 2014 Cape Town, South Africa Meet as an fricaPCR Course Co-Director, 2014. In 2014, he has organized cardiac camps in Siaya and Narok Counties, i rural Kenya to improve access to cardiac diagnosis and treatment demonstrating the value of handheld ultrasound in the diagnosis of heart disease in rural communities. He is a regular speaker on interventional cardiology and acute coronary syndromes. His interests include integrating technology in Healthcare, improving rural access to modern cardiac diagnosis and treatment and providing medical education for Doctors and Allied Health Professionals in Kenya, East africa and beyond. He has co published several research papers on acute coronary syndromes in Kenya and atrial fibrillation. E mail: or, Cell: +254-718173303

Toure Ali Ibrahim

Toure Ali Ibrahim, Assisitant General Secretary of the Western region

Professeur Titulaire De Cardiologie
Diplome De Medecine Tropicale
Doyen Honoraire De La Faculte Des Sciences De La Sante
Chef Du Departement De Medecine Et Specialites Medicales
Universite Abdou Moumouni Tel/ 0022796966250 Bp /13220
Niamey Niger


Anastase Dzudie

Anastase Dzudie, Assistant General Secretary of the central region 

MD; FESC; Assistant Secretary General; Chair, PASCAR task force on hypertension

Anastase DZUDIE is a consultant cardiologist at the Douala General Hospital (DGH) where he practices general cardiology and cardiac pacing, he teaches cardiovascular medicine at the  Buea Faculty of health sciences. Born in Cameroon. Anastase graduated in medicine at the University of Yaounde I where he also trained and qualified as specialist in internal medicine (2004). He further trained and qualified as cardiovascular specialist in 2007 (Claude Bernard University, Lyon I, France) with competence in cardiac pacing, and with fellowships in cardiac echography and vascular ultrasound (2 years) and also in sports cardiology (1 year). In 2007, he was laureate of the twin center fellowship of the World heart federation. As scientific secretary of the Cameroon Cardiac Society since 2008, he has organized several congresses and CME. He is Regional Editor of the Cardiovascular Journal of Africa and serves on the editorial board of Tropical cardiology and reviewers of more than 10 peer review medical journals. His scientific and significant contribution in clinical cardiovascular research was acknowledged by the European Society of cardiology as he was elected to the fellowship in 2012. As a passionate of clinical research, Anastase has participated in a number of multicentric and international studies including THESUS-HF, RELY AF, PAPUCO, EIGHT and has also established the Cameroon Cardiac Society investigator team that locally conduct national studies. In the recent years, his main focus of research has related to systemic hypertension, heart failure and pulmonary hypertension owing to left heart diseases (PhD candidate, University of Cape Town, South Africa). Please contact Anastase at