John Stephen MBWAMBO

Dr. John Stephen Mbwambo stands as a beacon of excellence in the field of neurosurgery, with a profound dedication to healing and enhancing the lives of his patients. Born and raised in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, Dr. Mbwambo’s journey to becoming a brain and spine surgeon was ignited by a deep-seated passion for helping others and a fascination with the complexities of the human nervous system. From a young age, he harbored a fervent desire to pursue a career in neurosurgery, driven by the noble aspiration to make a tangible difference in the lives of those afflicted by neurological disorders.

Throughout his academic and professional pursuits, Dr. Mbwambo demonstrated unwavering commitment and determination in his quest to become a neurosurgeon. After completing his medical degree and MMed in General Surgery, he embarked on a specialized path in neurosurgery, earning an MSc with honors in Neurosurgery and attaining Fellowship status from the College of Surgeons of the East, Central, and Southern Africa (ECSA). His extensive training and rigorous academic achievements underscore his relentless pursuit of excellence in the field of neurosurgery.

Dr. Mbwambo’s dedication to neurosurgery extends far beyond the operating room, as he remains deeply invested in advancing the field through research, education, and community outreach. He actively participates in medical conferences, workshops, and academic collaborations, sharing his expertise and contributing to the collective knowledge of neurosurgical practices. Driven by compassion and a genuine desire to alleviate suffering, Dr. Mbwambo continues to uphold the highest standards of patient care, embodying the essence of professionalism, empathy, and skill in his practice as a brain and spine surgeon.

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 is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, including modern operating theaters, diagnostic imaging services, and rehabilitation units, enabling the delivery of high-quality care to patients with musculoskeletal and neurological conditions.


  1. Brain and Spine Surgeon, Neurosurgeon
    • Organization: Muhimbili National Hospital
    • Duration: December 2007 – Present (16 years 3 months)
    • Location: Dar es Salaam


 2. Neurosurgery Resident

      • Organization: Muhimbili Orthopaedics Institute
      • Duration: December 2016 – December 2019 (3 years 1 month)
      • Location: Dar es Salaam

With over 16 years of dedicated service as a Brain and Spine Surgeon at Muhimbili National Hospital, Dr. John Stephen Mbwambo brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his practice. His extensive tenure in the field of neurosurgery has equipped him with invaluable insights and refined skills, making him a trusted authority in the diagnosis and treatment of complex neurological conditions. Dr. Mbwambo’s unwavering commitment to patient care and his relentless pursuit of excellence have solidified his reputation as a pillar of the neurosurgical community in Dar es Salaam.


  • Master of Science, Superspeciality, Neurosurgery
    • Institution: Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences
    • Duration: 2016 – 2019
    • Activities and Societies: Brain and Spine Surgeries
  • Fellowship (FCS), Neurosurgery
    • Institution: College of Surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa
    • Grade: High
  • MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery)
  • MD (Doctor of Medicine)
  • Specialization in Neurosurgery


  • Tanzania Neurosurgery Society
  • Global Neurosurgery Fellow


  • Tanzania Medical Board

Services offered by Dr. John Stephen Mbwambo

  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. John Stephen Mbwambo?

You can book an appointment and also get price estimates of services by Dr. John Stephen Mbwambo through our website.

    2. What sets Dr. Mbwambo apart in the field of neurosurgery?

 With over 16 years of experience as a brain and spine surgeon, Dr. Mbwambo brings a wealth of expertise and dedication to his practice. His commitment to advancing neurosurgical techniques, combined with his compassionate approach to patient care, has earned him a reputation as a trusted leader in the neurosurgical community in Dar es Salaam.

   3. What conditions does Dr. John Stephen Mbwambo specialize in treating?

Dr. John Stephen Mbwambo specializes in treating a wide range of neurological conditions affecting the brain and spine, including brain tumors, spinal cord injuries, degenerative spine disorders, and cerebrovascular diseases such as aneurysms.

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