Luggya Tonny

Dr. Luggya, Tonny (Stone)

Senior Lecturer

He is an anesthesiologist and critical care intensivist working at Mulago Hospital and serve as a Lecturer in Anesthesia at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. His aim is to be a superior medical practitioner with broad interests in anesthesia, critical care, emergency medicine, and traumatology. While formally trained in anesthesia, He is also passionate about the development of emergency medicine in Uganda. He serves as the Course Director for the newly established Masters in Medicine in Emergency Medicine program at Makerere University.

This is one of two emergency medicine training programs in the country and is now in it’s second year. Previous to this there was no training programs in emergency medicine in my country. He also serves as one the founding board members of Emergency Medicine Uganda (now: Emergency Care Society of Uganda), a professional organization aimed at promoting emergency medicine across Uganda. From a research perspective my aim is to build a base of emergency medical care research for the country.

Positions and Honors

Positions and Employment

02/2009-11/2009 Locum Medical Officer, Norvik Hospital, Kampala, Uganda
01/2010-03/2012 Medical Officer, Acacia Clinic Kololo, AAR Health Services Uganda
04/2012-05/2012 Trauma, critical care, emergency medicine and general practice on call Specialist

Villa Somalia Medical Facility at Presidential Palace, Mogadishu, Somalia

02/2012-11/2012 Head Department of Anaesthesia, Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services Uganda (CoRSU) Hospital
08/2012-07/2018 Lecturer Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, Makerere University, School of Medicine, College of Health Sciences
12/2012-present Head, Trauma Unit, Accident and Emergency Department, Mulago National Referral Hospital, Kampala, Uganda
07/2018-present Intensivist, Nakasero Hospital, Kampala, Uganda
07/2018-present Head, Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
07/2018-present Course Director, Masters in Medicine Emergency Medicine, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
08/2018-present Senior Lecturer Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care, Makerere University, School of Medicine, College of Health Sciences


Other Experience and Professional Memberships

2013 Kenya Resuscitation Council ACLS training
2013 Primary Trauma Care Trainee (Oxford)
2013 Attendee and Member, Emergency Medical Society of South Africa Conference, Cape Town, South Africa
2015 Attendee Annual Uganda Injury Forum, Kampala, Uganda
2015-present Founding Member and General Secretary, Uganda Rugby Medical Society
2015-present Member, Uganda Society of Anesthesia and Critical Care
2016-present Founding Board Chairman, Emergency Medicine Uganda (EMU)
2017-present Member, African Federation of Emergency Medicine
2018-present Uganda National Rugby Team, Doctor and Club Medical Official
2018-present Global Emergency Medicine, University of Edinburgh, Uganda Project Lead

Contribution to Science

  1. Over the last several years He has been involved in the development of emergency medical services, including both prehospital and inhospital care in the country. Prior to 2018, both EMS and advanced training tin emergency medicine was limited. Currently, He serves as the Course Instructor for the Masters Program in Emergency Medicine, Makerere University and have worked alongside others to promote the specialty of emergency medicine through research.
    1. Mehmood A, Paichadze N, Bayiga E, Sloboda A, Luggya T, Kalanzi J, Kobusingye O. 594 Development and pilot-testing of rapid assessment tool for pre-hospital care in Kampala, Uganda. Injury Prevention 2016;22:A213.
    2. Paichadze N, Mehmood A, Bayiga E, Luggya T, Kalanzi J, Kobusingye O. PW 1287 Emergency medical services in kampala, uganda: results from piloting a rapid assessment tool. Injury Prevention 2018;24:A249.
    3. Mahadevan SV, Walker R, Kalanzi J, Stone LT, Bills C, Acker P, Apfeld JC, Newberry J, Becker J, Mantha A, Tecklenburg Strehlow AN, Strehlow MC. Comparison of Online and Classroom-based Formats for Teaching Emergency Medicine to Medical Students in Uganda. AEM Educ Train. 2018 Jan; 2(1):5-9.
    4. Luggya T. Emergency Medical Services Development. 4th African Conference on Emergency Medicine. November 2018. Kigali, Rwanda.
  2. As an anesthesiologist and critical care intensivist by training, I am also interested in the relationship between emergency medicine and critical care.
  3. Ocen D, Kalungi S, Ejoku J, Luggya T, Wabule A, Tumukunde J, Kwizera A. Prevalence, outcomes and factors associated with adult in hospital cardiac arrests in a low-income country tertiary hospital: a prospective observational study. BMC Emerg Med. 2015 Sep 16;15:23.
  4. Ssemmanda H, Luggya TS, Lubulwa C, Muyinda Z, Kwitonda P, Wanzira H, Ejoku J. Abnormal Admission Chest X-Ray and MEWS as ICU Outcome Predictors in a Sub-Saharan Tertiary Hospital: A Prospective Observational Study. Crit Care Res Pract. 2016;2016:7134854. Epub 2016 Sep 19.
  5. Wynveen L, Gamble M, Nabulime J, Luggya T, Kalanzi JK, Mowafi H. A qualitative study exploring nurses’ attitudes, confidence, and perceived barriers to implementing a traumatic brain injury nursing chart in Uganda. Afr J Emerg Med. 2018 Jun;8(2):64-68.


  1. Lastly, I have also focused on the use of ketamine and other anesthestics in the treatment of acute pain and in the pre, peri- and post-operative periods.
  2. Luggya TS, Roche T, Ssemogerere L, Kintu A, Kasumba JM, Kwizera A, Tindimwebwa JV. Effect of low-dose ketamine on post-operative serum IL-6 production among elective surgical patients: a randomized clinical trial. Afr Health Sci. 2017 Jun;17(2):500-507.
  3. Mwase R, Luggya TS, Kasumba JM, Wanzira H, Kintu A, Tindimwebwa JV, Obua D. Analgesic Effects of Preincision Ketamine on Postspinal Caesarean Delivery in Uganda’s Tertiary Hospital: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Anesthesiol Res Pract. 2017;2017:5627062.
  4. Lubega FA, DeSilva MS, Munube D, Nkwine R, Tumukunde J, Agaba PK, Nabukenya MT, Bulamba F, Luggya TS. Low dose ketamine versus morphine for acute severe vaso occlusive pain in children: a randomized controlled trial. Scand J Pain. 2018 Jan 26;18(1):19-27.

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