Dr. Joseph Kahamba

Dr. Joseph Kahamba embodies the epitome of dedication and excellence in the field of neurosurgery. Born and raised in Bukoba, Tanzania, he grew up in a nurturing environment shaped by hard work and familial bonds. With a middle-class upbringing alongside ten siblings, Dr. Kahamba’s childhood was marked by a blend of vibrant social interactions and profound familial values instilled by his parents—a farmer mother and a secondary school teacher father. These formative years laid the groundwork for his journey towards becoming a renowned neurosurgeon.

From an early age, Dr. Kahamba displayed a keen interest in science, particularly biology and chemistry, which set the stage for his academic pursuits. His passion for understanding the complexities of the human body and his natural inclination towards problem-solving propelled him towards a career in medicine. Inspired by his father’s teachings on honesty, integrity, and sincerity, Dr. Kahamba embarked on a path driven by a commitment to serving others and making a meaningful impact in the world.

Throughout his educational journey, Dr. Kahamba’s thirst for knowledge and relentless pursuit of excellence never wavered. From excelling in primary and secondary education to pursuing higher studies in medicine and neurosurgery, he demonstrated unwavering determination and academic prowess. It was during his undergraduate studies at the University of Timisoara-Romania that he delved into the intricate world of medical research, laying the foundation for his future contributions to the field of neurosurgery.

The pivotal moment that solidified Dr. Kahamba’s passion for neurosurgery came during his postgraduate studies, where he immersed himself in the complexities of the human brain and nervous system. His experiences as a researcher, clinician, and educator shaped his multifaceted approach to neurosurgery, blending scientific expertise with compassionate patient care. Today, as an esteemed Associate Professor in Neurosurgery at Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences, Dr. Kahamba continues to inspire the next generation of medical professionals while leaving an indelible mark on the field of neurosurgery through his clinical expertise and research contributions.

Current Workplace 

Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS)

  1. Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  2. Established: 1963
  3. Accreditation: Tanzanian Commission for Universities (TCU), East African Community (EAC)

Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) stands as a premier institution of higher learning in the field of health sciences in Tanzania. Established in 1963, MUHAS has since evolved into a renowned center of excellence, offering comprehensive education and training across various disciplines of health sciences. With its diverse faculties, schools, and institutes, MUHAS provides students with a rich learning environment and opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration. The university boasts state-of-the-art facilities, including teaching hospitals such as Muhimbili National Hospital and Muhimbili Orthopedic Institute, equipped with modern amenities and resources to support hands-on learning, research endeavors, and clinical practice. MUHAS is committed to advancing medical education, research, and healthcare delivery, making significant contributions to the improvement of health outcomes and the overall well-being of communities in Tanzania and beyond.


  • Research Laboratory, University of Timisoara-Romania (1986-1987)
  • Postdoctoral fellowship, Institute for Advanced Study, Mwanza (1988-1990)
  • Senior Laboratory Assistance, University of Zurich (1991-1992)
  • Assistant Professor, Bugando University, Mwanza (1996-1997)
  • Associate Professor, University of Dar-es-salaam (1997-1998)
  • Professor, University of Muhimbili, Dar-es-salaam (1998-present)
  • Staff of Katoke Hospital Laboratory, Bukoba (1997-1998)
  • Director of MOI Physical Laboratory (1998-2000)
  • Head of the Neurosurgical department at Muhimbili Orthopedics and Neurosurgical Institute (2002-2004)
  • Associate Professor in Neurosurgery at Muhimbili University College of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS), Dar-es-salaam 

Dr. Joseph Kahamba’s vast knowledge and experience in the field of neurosurgery are unparalleled, reflecting decades of dedicated practice, research, and academic leadership. With a diverse educational background encompassing degrees from prestigious institutions such as the University of Timisoara-Romania and the University of Zurich, Ulm, and Dar es Salaam, he has honed his expertise through rigorous training and hands-on experience. From serving as a Senior Laboratory Assistant at the University of Zurich to his tenure as Director of MOI Physical Laboratory and Head of the Neurosurgical department at Muhimbili Orthopedics and Neurosurgical Institute, Dr. Kahamba has navigated various roles with aplomb, gaining invaluable insights into the complexities of neurosurgical practice. His contributions to medical research, clinical care, and professional associations have solidified his reputation as a trailblazer in the field, earning him accolades such as the Dedicated Service Award from the Tanzanian Society of Orthopedics and Fellowship certificates from the Medical Association of Tanzania. Dr. Kahamba’s breadth of knowledge and experience serve as a beacon of inspiration for aspiring neurosurgeons and a testament to his unwavering commitment to advancing the frontiers of neurosurgical care.



  • Doctor of Medicine (MD), University of Timisoara-Romania
  • Master of Medicine (MMed) in General Surgery, University of Dar es Salaam
  • Master of Science (MSc) in Neurosurgery, Universities of Zurich, Ulm, and Dar es Salaam (sandwich program)
  • FCS-ECSA (Fellow of the College of Surgeons of East, Central & Southern Africa)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA), University of Dar es Salaam


  • Received Dedicated Service Award from the Tanzanian Society of Orthopedics (November 2003)
  • Served as President of the Medical Association of Tanzania (MAT) at Muhimbili Orthopedics and Neurosurgical Institute (2000-2006)
  • Awarded MAT Fellowship certificates for distinguished contributions to the promotion of the medical profession and nurturing of the Medical Association of Tanzania (2008)
  • Published research in various medical journals
  • Contributed significantly to the field of neurosurgery through clinical practice, research, and teaching

Dr. Joseph Kahamba’s contributions to the field of Neurosurgery

Dr. Joseph Kahamba’s contributions to the field of neurosurgery are profound and far-reaching, spanning both clinical practice and academic research. As a seasoned neurosurgeon, he has dedicated his career to advancing the understanding and treatment of neurological disorders, including traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and brain tumors. Through his clinical expertise and surgical skills, Dr. Kahamba has transformed the lives of countless patients, providing them with hope and healing in their moments of greatest need. His commitment to excellence in patient care is evident in his meticulous approach to diagnosis, treatment planning, and post-operative management, ensuring optimal outcomes and patient satisfaction.

In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Kahamba has made significant contributions to neurosurgical research, pioneering innovative techniques and therapies to improve patient outcomes and advance the field. His publications in esteemed medical journals and presentations at international conferences have shed light on novel approaches to neurosurgical procedures, surgical outcomes, and post-operative care protocols. By bridging the gap between research and clinical practice, Dr. Kahamba has played a pivotal role in shaping the future of neurosurgery, inspiring fellow clinicians and researchers to push the boundaries of knowledge and innovation in pursuit of better patient care.

Services offered by Dr. Joseph Kahamba

  1. Brain Tumor Surgery
  2. Spinal Cord Surgery
  3. Cranial Trauma Management
  4. Spinal Fusion
  5. Peripheral Nerve Surgery
  6. Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)
  7. Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  8. Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  9. Hydrocephalus Treatment
  10. Pituitary Tumor Surgery
  11. Carotid Endarterectomy
  12. Neurovascular Surgery
  13. Epilepsy Surgery
  14. Craniofacial Surgery
  15. Neuro-Oncology


  1. How to book an appointment with Dr. Joseph Kahamba?

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  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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