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James N. Kiarie, MBBCh, MMed

Affiliate Associate Professor, Global Health (primary department)
Affiliate Associate Professor, Epidemiology

My vision is to see all the people of Kenya and the world benefiting from research in HIV/AIDS and reproductive health.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) from the University of Nairobi in 1989 I worked for 1 year as a medical officer intern in a provincial hospital then for 2 years as a medical officer incharge of a 20 bed rural hospital serving the central part of Kenya. In 1996 I completed my speciality training in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Nairobi and in 2001 did my Master of Public Health (Epidemiology) in the University of Washington

I have been a consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology and honorary lecturer from 1996 and have been the head of the department from 2005. I have supervised theisis writing for over 10 postgraduate students in obstetrics and gynecology and public health both at the university of washington and University of Nairobi.

Currently I am the site director for the fogarty International clinical research fellowship and site principal investigator for the partners in prevention study a proof of concept trial to determine whether acyclovir prophylaxis can reduce HIV transmission. I am also the program director for the university of Nairobi PMTCT.

Contact Information
University of Nairobi, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Research Interests
Prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, heterosexual transmission of HIV and its prevention and social impact of HIV AIDS and its management.

Teaching Interests
Concepts in epidemiology, proposal development and writing, gynecologic oncology, HIV transmission and prevention of Mother-to-child transmission of HIV

MMed, University of Nairobi (Kenya) 1996
MBBCh, University of Nairobi (Kenya) 1989


  • Partners in Prevention study- Ongoing
  • Partners Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis study-Ongoing
  • University of Nairobi PMTCT Program- Ongoing

Selected Publications
Kiarie J, Kreiss J, Richardson B, John-Stewart G. Compliance with antiretrovirals to prevent perinatal HIV-1 transmission in Kenya. AIDS 2003; 17: 65-71.

Koigi-Kamau R, Leting PK, Kiarie JN. Perceptions and practices of vaginal birth after caesarean section among privately practicing obstetricians in Kenya. East Afr. Med J. 2006. 82: 631-636

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