James Russell

russellAddress : Department of Internal Medicine, Connaught Hospital, University of Sierra Leone

EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS

Dec 2010 – Jan 2011 Dialysis Department, Kfar Saba Medical Centre – Kraf Saba, Israel (Affiliation with Tel Aviv University)
June 2006 – July The Cardiocare, Resuscitation Council of South Africa/America, Heart Association, Plattekloof, Cape Town, South Africa
July 2006 – June 2007: The Cardiac Clinic, Department of Medicine, Groote Shuur Hospital, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa.
Jan – April 2006: Palliative Care Medicine, Hospice Africa Uganda, (Affiliation with Makarere University), Kampala, Uganda
2001 – 2005 : Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, College of Health Sciences, University of Ghana Postgraduate Medical College, University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana.
1990 – 1998: College of Medicine & Allied Health Sciences, University of Sierra Leone. Freetown, Sierra Leone.


ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:
Dec 2010 – Jan 2011 Certificate in Renal Dialysis Kfar Saba Medical Centre – Kraf Saba, Israel (Affiliation with Tel Aviv University Israel)
July 2006 – June 2007: Fellowship training- Clinical and Research Fellow in Cardiology – University of Cape Town, South Africa June
2007: Advance Cardiovascular Life Support Provider Resuscitation Council of South Africa/America Heart Association
June 2007: Basic Life Support Provider Resuscitation Council of South Africa/America Heart Association
April 2006: Diploma – Clinical Proficiency in Palliative Care Approach for HIV/AIDS and Cancer related diseases. (Pass with Honors)
April 2004: M.W.A.C.P (Int. Med) Member of the West African College of Physicians (Pass with Distinction – Best Postgraduate result in Internal Medicine in West Africa) September
2001: Primary (Int. Med), West African College of Physicians December
1998: M.B, Ch.B - Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery College of Medicine & Allied Health Sciences, University of Sierra Leone
1989: GCE Advanced Level Certificate
1987: GCE Ordinary Level Certificate


POSITION HELD/WORK EXPERIENCE
2008 to date: Personal Physician to His Excellency Earnest Bai Koroma President - Republic of Sierra Leone
Dec 2008 –date Consultant Physician/Cardiologist – Choithrams Hospital, Freetown. Sierra Leone
Jan 2007 – to date: Physician Specialist/Cardiologist, Department of Internal Medicine, Connaught Hospital Ministry of Health & Sanitation, Freetown, Sierra Leone
Dec 2008 – 2012 United Nations Locum Doctor, United Nation Joint Medical Service Clinic, Cabenda Hotel, Freetown. Sierra Leone
June 2007 : Certified Advance Cardiovascular Life Support Provider Resuscitation Council of South Africa/America Heart Association
June 2007: Certified Basic Life Support Provider, Resuscitation Council of South Africa/America Heart Association
July 2006 – June 2007: Cardiology – Clinical and Research Fellow, The Cardiac Clinic, Department of Medicine Groote Shuur Hospital University of Cape Town South Africa
Jan – April 2006: Clinical Training in Palliative Care Medicine, Hospice Africa Uganda (Affiliation with the Makarere University) Kampala, Uganda
Sept 2005 – 2006: Research Fellow, African Project On Genes in Hypertension (APOGH) Study.
May 2005 – June 2007: National Medical Officer, International Organization for Migration. (IOM), Sierra Leone
Jan 2005 – to date: Lecturer, Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine & Allied Health Sciences University of Sierra Leone. Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Jan 2005 – to date: Physician Specialist, Department of Internal Medicine, Connaught Hospital; Ministry of Health & Sanitation; Freetown, Sierra Leone
Jan 2005 – June 2007: Physician Specialist on special contract, 34 Military Hospital, WilberforceFreetown, Sierra Leone
April 2004 – Jan 2005: Physician Specialist, Department of Internal Medicine, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital Accra, Ghana
April 2004 – Jan 2005: Senior Resident in Cardiology, National Cardio-Thoracic Centre, Korle Bu Teaching hospital, Accra, Ghana
April 2004 – Jan 2005: Clinical Demonstrator, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Ghana Medical School, Korle Bu Teaching hospital
Sept 2001– April 2004: Junior Residency Programme, Department of Medicine. Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Accra, Ghana.
April 2000 – Sept 2001: Clinical Demonstrator, Department of Medicine College of Medicine & Allied Health Sciences, University of Sierra Leone. Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Sept 2000– April 2001: Medical Officer, Department of Medicine, Connaught Hospital, Freetown, Sierra Leone.
April 2000–Sept 2000: Medical Officer Department of Surgery, Connaught Hospital Freetown, Sierra Leone.
Dec. 1999 – March 2000: House Officer, Department of Paediatrics, Children’s Hospital
Sept 1999 – Dec.1999: House Officer, Department of Surgery, Connaught Hospital
June 1999 – Sept.1999: House Officer, Department of Int. Med, Connaught Hospital
Mar. 1999 - June 1999: House Officer, Department of Obst/Gynae P.C.M.H. Freetown, Sierra Leone.


MEMBER OF:

1. Ebola Rapid Response Team for the House to House Ebola Campaign (3 days Nation Lock Down – 19th – 21st September 2014) in Sierra Leone (Final Report has been submitted to the Government of Sierra Leone – Ministry of Health & Sanitation)

2. Vice President – Sierra Leone Medical & Dental Association -
Oct 2010 to 2012

3. President: Sierra Leone
Heart Foundation - 2009 – to date

4. Freetown Dinner Club Junior –Sierra Leone
- 2008 – to date

5. Pan-Africa Society of Cardiology (PASCAR) -
2007 – to date

6. World Heart Failure Society - 2007 – to date

7. FELLOW/ World Heart Federation - 2006 – 2007

8. Health Professional Council of South Africa - 2006 - 2007

9. Expert Committee on the Evaluation of Drug Safety Information The Pharmacy Board of Sierra Leone - June 2006

10. African Palliative Care Association (APCA) - March 2006 - to date

11. Editorial Board of the Sierra Leone Medical & Dental Journal (SLMADJ) - May 2005

12. West African College of Physicians - 2004 – to date

13. FELLOW/World Health Organisation - June 2003- Jan 2005

14. Resident Association Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital - 2002

15. Ghana Medical Association - Jan 2002- Jan 2005

16. Ghana Medical & Dental Council - Jan 2002 – Jan 2005

17. Ghana Heart and Hypertensive Society - 2003

18. Sierra Leone Medical Council - 1998 – to date

19. Sierra Leone Medical & Dental Association - 1998 – to date


NATIONAL HONOR & AWARDS:

- PASCAR (Pan Africa Society of Cardiology) Fellowship award in Cardiac Pacing and Clinical cardiology (Awaiting commencement of studies in University of Cape Town, South Africa).

- Insignia & National Presidential Award by His Excellency – Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma For an exemplary service in Medicine to the Nation – Commander Order of Rokel (COR) – Sierra Leone 2012

- Winner: Sierra Leone National Award – All Works Of Life (AWOL), Doctor Of The Year in Sierra Leone- 2008

- Winner: The World Heart Federation “Twin Centre Grant Competitive Award” – An International Study Grants - 2006; Geneva, Switzerland. For Postgraduate Fellowship Training in Cardiology in South Africa.

- Winner: The HelptheHospice grants – 2006; United Kingdom. For training in Clinical Palliative Care Medicine for HIV/AIDS and Cancer patients in Uganda.

- Winner: The World Health Organization Fellowship Award – 2002. For Postgraduate Fellowship Training in Internal Medicine in Ghana.

- Winner: “Ayo Iyun Award” for the Best Candidate in the Postgraduate Internal Medicine Exams in West Africa - 2004. The Part I (Membership) exams in 2004. West Africa College of Physician.

- Winner: “Best Resident Doctor Award” in Internal Medicine in 2003, Department of Internal Medicine & Therapeutics, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital. Accra; Ghana.

- Winner: “Chief Resident Award in Internal Medicine–2002”. Department of Internal Medicine & Therapeutics, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital. Accra Ghana


PUBLICATIONS/INTERNATIONATIONAL LECTURE:

1. Prednisolone and Mycobacterium indicus pranii in tuberculous pericardtis Mayosi BM, Ntsekhe M, Bosch J, Pandie S, Jung H, Gumedze F, Pogue J, Thabane L, Smieja M, Francis V, Joldersma L, Thomas KM, Thomas B, Awotedu AA, Magula NP, Naidoo DP, Damasceno A, Chitsa Banda A, Brown B, Manga P, Kirenga B, Mondo C, Mntla P, Tsitsi JM, Peters F, Essop MR, Russell JB, Hakim J, Matenga J, Barasa AF, Sani MU, Olunuga T, Ogah O, Ansa V, Aje A, Danbauchi S, Ojji D, Yusuf IMPI Trial Investigators. N Engl J Med. 2014 Sep 18;371(12):1121-30.

2. Rationale and design of the Investigation of the Management of Pericarditis (IMPI) trial: a 2 × 2 factorial randomized double-blind multicenter trial of adjunctive prednisolone and Mycobacterium w immunotherapy in tuberculous pericarditis. Mayosi BM, Ntsekhe M, Bosch J, Pogue J, Gumedze F, Badri M, Jung H, Pandie S, Smieja M, Thabane L, Francis V, Thomas KM, Thomas B, Awotedu AA, Magula NP, Naidoo DP, Damasceno A, Banda AC, Mutyaba A, Brown B, Ntuli P, Mntla P, Ntyintyane L, Ramjee R, Manga P, Kirenga B, Mondo C, Russell JB, Tsitsi JM, Peters F, Essop MR, Barasa AF, Mijinyawa MS, Sani MU, Olunuga T, Ogah O, Adebiyi A, Aje A, Ansa V, Ojji D, Danbauchi S, Hakim J, Matenga J, Yusuf S. Am Heart J. 2013 Feb;165(2):109-15.

3. HIV 1 Infection alters CD4+ memory T-cells phenotype at the site of disease in extra pulmonary tuberculosis. Matthews K, Ntsekhe M, Syed F, Scriba T, Russell J, Tibazarwa K, Deffur A, Hanekom W, Mayosi BM, Wilkinson RJ, Wilkinson KA. Eur J Immunol. 2012 Jan;42(1):147-57.

4. Predominance of Interleukin -22 over interleukin 17 at the site of disease in Human tuberculosis Matthews K, Wilkinson KA, Kalsdorf B, Roberts T, Diacon A, Walzl G, Wolske J, Ntsekhe M, Syed F, Russell J, Mayosi BM, Dawson R, Dheda K, Wilkinson RJ, Hanekom WA, Scriba TJ. Tuberculosis (Edinb). 2011 Nov;91(6):587-93. Epub 2011 Jul 20.

5. Tuberculous effusive- constrictive pericarditis. JBW Russell, FF Syed, M Ntsekhe, BM Mayosi, S Moosa, M Tshifularo, JP Smedema. CARDIOVASCULAR JOURNAL OF AFRICA Vol 19, No. 4, July/August 2008. PAGE. 200- 201

6. Abnormal diastolic and systolic septal motion following pericardiectomy demonstrated by ciné DENSE MRI. Bruce Spottiswoode, James B.Russell, Sulaiman Moosa, Ernesta M. Meintjes, Frederick H. Epstein. , Bongani M Mayosi. CARDIOVASCULAR JOURNAL OF AFRICA Vol 19, No. 4, July/August 2008. PAGE. 208 -209

7. The usefulness of defined clinical features in the diagnosis of HIV/AIDS infection in SIERRA LEONE. Willoughby V.R, Sahr F, Russell J.B.W, Gbakima A.A., CELLULAR AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY 2001 47(9)

8. An early invasive approach to the investigation of suspected tuberculous pericardial effusion: initial lesson from the investigation of the management of pericarditis (IMPI) cohort study Faisal F Syed, James B.W.Russell, Mpiko Ntsekhe, Bongani Mayosi. CARDIOVASCULAR JOURNAL OF AFRICA VOL. 18 (2) MARCH/APRIL 2007. PAGE. 121. Abstract

9. There is a higher prevalence of electrocardiographic ST-elevation in the HIV-associated tuberculous pericarditis: The Investigation of the Management of Pericarditis (IMPI) registry nested case control study Faisal F Syed, James B. W. Russell, Charles S Wisonge, Mpiko, Ntsekhe, Bongani Mayosi. CARDIOVASCULAR JOURNAL OF AFRICA VOL. 18 (2) MARCH/APRIL 2007. PAGE. 122. Abstract.

10. THE STATE OF THE ART MANAGEMENT OF CHRONIC HEART FAILURE – AN EVIDENCE BASED MEDICINE PERSPECTIVE. As a Guest Lecturer for the Sierra Leone Medical & Dental Association’s Annual and General Scientific Meeting. 17th -19th November, 2005.

11. THE UPSURGE OF CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES IN SIERRA LEONE – Annual Speaker for the Sierra Leone Medical & Dental Association’s Annual and General Scientific Meeting. – 16th Conference 2009


INTEREST IN CARDIOLOGY

1. Non –invasive Cardiology - Echocardiography studies, Exercise Stress Studies

2. Tuberculous Pericarditis

3. Chronic Heart Failure in Africans

4. Hypertension in Black African


Research

Current and recent research funding

1. Clinical Trial of Convalescent Blood in the Management of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) “COBED” • Role in the project – Investigator • Awarding Body – o World Health Organization/ Ministry of Health & Sanitation, Sierra Leone. • Amount: $150,000/- (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars) • Starting date: - November 2014 (Ongoing clinical trial)

2. Convalescent Plasma for Early Ebola Virus Disease in Sierra Leone “CPEEVD” • Role in the project – Investigator • Awarding Body – o Awaiting funding of the clinical trial • Starting date: - To be commenced soonest

3. Investigation of the Management of Pericarditis (IMPI) trial, we evaluated the efficacy and safety of adjunctive prednisolone and M. indicus pranii in patients in Africa who had tuberculous pericarditis. – A Multicentre double blind placebo randomized control trial at 19 Hospital in Eight African Countries • Role in the project – Principle Investigator in Sierra Leone. • Awarding Body – o Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Canadian Network and Centre for Trials Internationally o The Population Health Research Institute o The South African Medical Research Council, o The Lily and Ernst Hausmann Research Trust, o The Cadila Pharma, India. • Amount: $ 4.5 Million (Four Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars) • Starting date: - January 2009 – February 2014


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