Our Team

A Committed Team Coming Together To Make a Difference…

The PECC-Kenya medical team includes representatives from the University of Washington Department of Pediatrics, Seattle Children’s Hospital, AIC Kijabe Hospital, the University of Nairobi, Kenyatta National Hospital, and Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital in Nairobi. In addition to this dedicated group of doctors collaborating to improve outcomes for critically ill children in Kenya, the team is mentored and sponsored by a team of Internal Advisors comprised of experienced medical leaders from the dedicated hospitals and universities.

PECC-Kenya External Advisors

  • Danielle Clark, MPA, Hilltop Hour
  • Caroline Egan, Destination Wealth Management
  • Claudia M. Harner – Jay, Deputy Director, Market Dynamics, PATH
  • Sarah Muckler, Worldwide Director of Business Development, Health Partners, Microsoft
  • Eric Sievers, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Trillium Therapeutics
  • Nicole Jon Sievers, MSW, LCSW, Author:  “It’s Your Mind:  Own It!”
  • Janet Smith, Author, Founder,The Mother House Fund 
  • Karen Smith, Pinnacle Wealth Management LLC
  • Dilys Walker, MDUCSF School of Medicine, President and Chair of Board of Directors PRONTO International

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Rashmi Kumar
MBBS, MD, DAA, Lecturer, Department Of Pediatrics and Child Health, Consultant Pediatrician/Pediatric Critical Care, University of Nairobi, Kenya

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Lecturer, Department Of Pediatrics and Child Health, Consultant Pediatrician/Pediatric Critical Care, University of Nairobi, Kenya

Dr. Rashmi Kumar is a lecturer and Pediatric Intensivist at the Kenyatta National Hospital, University of Nairobi. She is the first Intensivist in Kenya and is instrumental in starting Kenya’s first Pediatric Critical care unit in the tertiary and referral care hospital in the country. She is an honorary faculty and involved in developing the Pediatric Critical care unit at The Nairobi Hospital, the leading private sector hospital in the country. She is an Executive board member of the Kenya Pediatric Association, Antibiotics Consensus Society of Kenya and Critical Care Society of Kenya. She is an Instructor in Society of Critical Care Medicine. She is involved in bringing up the care of critically ill children through CME talks at various forums including the training of nurses. Dr. Kumar is currently engaged in starting the first Pediatric Emergency and Critical Care fellowship program in the country, in collaboration with University of Washington. She is currently involved in collaborative research projects with Seattle Children’s Hospital on acute infections in children.

Mardi Steere
MBBS, FAAP, FACEP, FRACP, Medical Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, AIC Kijabe Hospital, Kenya

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Dr. Mardi Steere (MBBS FAAP FACEP FRACP) is a Pediatric Emergency Physician from Australia and the US. She graduated from the University of Adelaide School of Medicine (Australia) in 1998, and completed residency and fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the University of Florida Health Sciences Center, Jacksonville in 2005. After practicing as a PEM physician (Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide) and neonatal/pediatric retrievalist (MedSTAR kids) in Australia, in 2011 she and her family moved to Kenya. Since then she has been serving at Kijabe Hospital, initially as a pediatrician and since 2013 as the Medical Director of AIC Kijabe Hospital. The hospital is currently expanding from a 285-bed hospital to a 350-bed facility with a new 76-bed children’s wing, including an 8-bed HDU/ICU. She is passionate about capacity building in Kenyan doctors, as well as equipping them in leadership, vision and strategic planning.

Amélie von Saint André-von Arnim
MD, Seattle Children’s Hospital/University of Washington

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Credentials: Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital

Dr. von Saint Andre – von Arnim is an intensivist in the Pediatric ICU at Seattle Children’s. She completed her medical training at University of Würzburg, Germany, followed by residency training in Pediatrics at Boston Children’s Hospital/Boston Medical Center, and fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care at University of Washington/Seattle Children’s.
Her academic focus is to improve outcomes of critically-ill children in limited-resource settings. She has been involved in the development of pediatric critical care training and related research projects with the University of Nairobi since 2011. She currently serves as the UW director of PECC activities in Kenya.

Thomas Ngwiri
MD, Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya

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Credentials: Head Clinician, Pediatrician/Pediatric Endocrinology, Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya. Director, Pediatric Endocrinology Training Centre for Africa (PETCA)

Thomas Ngwiri is Head Clinician at Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital since February 2010. He is also Director of the Pediatric endocrinology training center for Africa (PETCA) – Nairobi which trains pediatricians from sub-Saharan Africa in the field of diabetes and other endocrine disorders. He has been a member of the Kenya pediatric association executive since 2010 and is currently the vice chair of the association. He has previously served on the executive committee of the Africa society for pediatric and adolescent endocrinology (ASPAE).

Bhupi Reel
MD, Lecturer, Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, Consultant Pediatrician/Pediatric Critical Care, University of Nairobi, Kenya
Isaac Tsikhutsu
MBCHB, MMED (Nairobi), FPCCM (Cape Town), Pediatrician and Pediatric Critical Care Specialist, Kericho Country Referral Hospital

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Dr. Isaac Tsikhutsu is a pediatrician and intensivist working as the Lead Clinician at Kericho County Referral Hospital, a 250 bed hospital which serves as a referral hospital for Kericho County and the greater South Rift Region of Kenya. The ICU is a six bed mixed pediatric and adult facility which will eventually become an attachment center both for clinicians and nursing staff interested in gaining rural ICU and emergency care experience. He trained as a pediatrician at the University of Nairobi and as an intensivist at the University of Cape Town, Red Cross Children’s Hospital. He has worked as a pediatrician mostly in rural Kenya where he was an instructor in the Emergency Triage Assessment and Treatment course (ETAT).

Arianna Shirk
MD, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, AIC Kijabe Hospital, Kenya

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Arianna Shirk is currently a Pediatric Consultant at AIC Kijabe Hospital with the Samaritan’s Purse Post Residency Program. She graduated from Wake Forest University School of Medicine in 2007 after spending a year study the interaction of culture and medicine in Taiwan as a Luce Scholar. She completed her Pediatrics Residency, a chief resident year, and her Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship training at the University of Alabama-Birmingham from 2007-2014. Arianna moved to Kijabe, Kenya with her husband and two children in September 2014 to work as a pediatric consultant and with special interest in training clinical and medical officers in pediatric shock, resuscitation, and compassionate care of children. She is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor at University of Alabama-Birmingham in the department of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Children’s of Alabama.

Sabreen Akther
DO, DTM, Seattle Children’s Hospital/University of Washington

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Sabreen Akhter is a board certified pediatric emergency medicine physician, who has worked at Seattle Children’s Hospital since 2012. Prior to coming to SCH, she also completed a global health fellowship and received a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and a Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance. She has worked in various circumstances, providing direct clinical care in disasters (in Kashmir following the 2005 earthquake, and in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake), pediatric medical education (in Honduras, Malawi, and Liberia), and specialty pediatric care (teaching pediatric advanced life support and resuscitation in Chiapas, Mexico). She hopes to continue her interest in providing specialty pediatric education in a global context through this fellowship at the University of Nairobi.

Anita Thomas
MD, MPH, Seattle Children's Hospital/University of Washington
Emily Hartford
MD, Seattle Children's Hospital/University of Washington