Dr. Hamisi Shabani

Dr. Hamisi Shabani, Ph.d, serves as the Head of the Neurosurgery Unit at Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences (MUCHS), embodying a passion for advancing the field of neurosurgery in Tanzania. With a Doctor of Philosophy degree and specialization in neurosurgery, Dr. Shabani’s journey into the intricate world of neurosurgery was fueled by a deep-seated curiosity and a desire to alleviate the burden of neurological disorders within his community. From an early stage in his career, he demonstrated a keen interest in understanding the complexities of the brain and spinal cord, recognizing the transformative potential of neurosurgical interventions in improving patients’ lives.

Driven by a dedication to excellence and innovation, Dr. Shabani has dedicated himself to pushing the boundaries of neurosurgical care through research, education, and clinical practice. His academic pursuits have led him to delve into the realms of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and neuroimaging, seeking to unravel the mysteries of the nervous system and develop novel approaches to diagnosing and treating neurological conditions. As Head of the Neurosurgery Unit, he plays an important role in shaping the future of neurosurgery in Tanzania, fostering a culture of collaboration, mentorship, and continuous learning among his colleagues and trainees.

Beyond his professional endeavors, Dr. Shabani is deeply committed to advocating for improved access to neurosurgical care and raising awareness about neurological disorders within his community. He actively engages in outreach programs, public lectures, and community-based initiatives aimed at promoting brain health, early detection of neurological conditions, and destigmatizing neurosurgical interventions. Through his tireless efforts, Dr. Shabani exemplifies a steadfast dedication to advancing neurosurgical excellence and making a difference in the lives of patients across Tanzania.

Current Workplace

Muhimbili Orthopaedic Institute (MOI)

  • Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Establishment: Founded in 1994
  • Specializations: Orthopedics and Neurosurgery
  • Services Offered: Comprehensive orthopedic and neurosurgical care, rehabilitation services
  • Facilities: State-of-the-art operating theaters, diagnostic imaging services, rehabilitation units
  • Team: Highly skilled and experienced medical professionals including orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, nurses, and rehabilitation specialists
  • Approach: Multidisciplinary approach to treatment, personalized care plans tailored to each patient’s needs
  • Education and Training: Hosts training programs for medical students, residents, and fellows; provides hands-on experience and specialized training in orthopedic and neurosurgical techniques
  • Research: Conducts research into new treatments and technologies, contributes to the global body of knowledge in musculoskeletal and neurological disorders 

Muhimbili Orthopaedic Institute (MOI) is a renowned medical institution located in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, dedicated to providing comprehensive orthopedic and neurosurgical care. Established in 1994, MOI has since become a leading center of excellence in East Africa, offering specialized services in orthopedics, neurosurgery, rehabilitation, and related fields. The institute has state-of-the-art facilities, including modern operating theatres, diagnostic imaging services, and rehabilitation units, ensuring the delivery of top quality care to patients with musculoskeletal and neurological conditions.


  • Consultant Neurosurgeon, Muhimbili Orthopedic Institute (April 1999 – Present)

With over 25 years of dedicated service as a Consultant Neurosurgeon at Muhimbili Orthopedic Institute, Dr. Hamisi Shabani possesses a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the field of neurosurgery. His extensive experience encompasses a wide range of neurological conditions and surgical procedures, including brain tumors, spinal cord injuries, cranial trauma, and peripheral nerve disorders. Over the years, he has honed his skills through countless surgeries, clinical consultations, and multidisciplinary collaborations, developing an understanding of the complexities of the nervous system and its disorders. Dr. Shabani’s commitment to lifelong learning and professional development is evident in his continuous pursuit of advanced training, participation in medical conferences, and engagement with cutting-edge research initiatives. As a trusted leader and mentor in the field of neurosurgery, he remains dedicated to providing compassionate, evidence-based care to his patients while fostering excellence and innovation within his team and the broader medical community.


  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Medicine, Nagasaki University, 2000 – 2005
  • MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery), Nagasaki University
  • MD (Doctor of Medicine), Nagasaki University
  • Specialization in Neurosurgery


  • Tanzania Neurosurgery Society
  • Global Neurosurgery Fellow


  • Tanzania Medical Board

Services offered by Dr. Hamisi Shabani

  1. Brain Tumor Surgery
  2. Spinal Fusion Surgery
  3. Decompressive Craniectomy
  4. Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) for Movement Disorders
  5. Cerebrovascular Surgery 
  6. Spinal Cord Stimulator Implantation
  7. Epilepsy Surgery 
  8. Stereotactic Radiosurgery 
  9. Peripheral Nerve Surgery 
  10. Ventriculoperitoneal (VP) Shunt Placement for Hydrocephalus
  11. Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery 


  1. How to book an appointment with Dr. Hamisi Shabani?

You can book an appointment and also get price estimates of services by Dr. Hamisi Shabani through our website.

  1. What are the common signs that indicate a person may need neurosurgical treatment?

Common signs that may indicate the need for neurosurgical treatment include persistent headaches, numbness or weakness in the limbs, difficulty walking or maintaining balance, seizures, changes in vision or speech, and loss of bladder or bowel control. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to consult with a neurosurgeon for further evaluation and appropriate management.

  1. What is the recovery process like after spine surgery, and how long does it typically take to return to normal activities?

The recovery process after spine surgery varies depending on the type and extent of the procedure performed, as well as individual factors such as age, overall health, and pre-existing conditions. In general, patients may experience some discomfort or stiffness in the surgical area initially, but this typically improves over time with proper pain management and rehabilitation. Most patients can gradually resume normal activities within a few weeks to months after surgery, although strenuous activities may need to be avoided for a longer period.

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