Herman Lule
MBChB, M.MED, PhD student

Injury Epidemiology and Prevention (IEP) Research Group


Office: Division of Clinical Neurosciences

Turku University Hospital and University of Turku

ORCID identifier: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0647-9716

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Turku Brain and Mind Center

Areas of expertise
Tele-Health; Trauma Care; Injury Epidemiology; Adolescent Health; Global Surgery; Global Health; Infectious Diseases that Impact Surgery Outcome, Surgical Oncology


Dr. Lule is a General Surgeon and Doctoral Researcher
with particular interest in Tele-Health, Trauma Care and Prevention, Injury Epidemiology, Adolescent
Health, Global Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Global Health and Infectious Diseases that Impact Trauma Surgery Outcome. Much of his work is mainly concerned with addressing health care inequalities amongst the underserved
populations in a global perspective. He has served as Research
Coordinator-Directorate of Research & Innovations of Kampala International
University (Uganda) and as Surgery Lecturer at the Kampala International
University Teaching Hospital (Uganda). He was the Surgery Chair and Site
programme Coordinator at Kiryandongo Government Reference Hospital in Uganda
and Visiting Lecturer of Electronic Health Records and m-Health/e-Health within
the Public Health Programme at the Information Communication Technology (ICT)
University in USA. 

Herman is a Board Certified Member of the Australian Injury
Prevention Network (Australia) and Association for Academic Surgery (USA). With
a strong background in trauma surgery, he is passionate to strengthening trauma
care systems in low income countries and is currently developing a rural trauma
team registry for motorcycle injuries in Uganda for a doctoral thesis. He was a
reference hospital lead collaborator for the global surgery UK project evaluating
quality of surgical care worldwide and currently is the National Lead investigator (Uganda) for
the NIHR funded CovidSurg-week (https://globalsurg.org/surgweek/) and
CovidCancer (https://globalsurg.org/covidsurg/) global studies, evaluating the
optimal timing and outcome of surgery in Covid settings, with the University of
Birmingham (UK). He has recently attained rural trauma team development
training of American College of Surgeons in Chicago (USA), was a presenting
author at the recently concluded 27th edition of the digital international
student’s congress of (bio) medical sciences (ISCOMS-2020) in
Groningen-Netherlands and an invited speaker at the Australian Safety 2020-14th
world conference on injury prevention and safety promotion. Dr. Lule is
currently helping Uganda to develop electronic consent forms for surgery of
trauma patients that puts into consideration the Covid-19 risks and is working
with “My health Africa” to develop an on demand call center application for
trauma, gender-based and domestic violence where survivors can navigate to
contact a service provider remotely in the event of injury. Herman is open to
meaningful collaboration to address global challenges especially in the e-health, global surgery, injury and violence prevention fields.


Doctoral Thesis Title: "The use of allied health and law
enforcement trauma team registries: Lessons from a novel motorcycle trauma
registry and surveillance system in Uganda

Addressing the burden of
lack of data on what happens to the common man is a key global concern. Improving injury data quality requires capacity building for
trauma care systems low
and middle-income countries (LMICs). This doctoral thesis evaluates the potential role of police and medical trainees
in the formation of trauma teams and trauma registries in resource constrained
settings. The rural trauma team development course (RTTDC) of the American
College of Surgeons is used as an entry point. The study pilots a motorcycle trauma
and outcome registry (MOTOR) and develops the Eastern and South Western Uganda
Demographic Trauma Surveillance System (ESWU-DTSS) as a model to inform
morbidity and outcome of motorcycle related injuries, using appropriate
injury severity and functional outcome scores. 

This research is expected to generate and improve the
quality of data on injury epidemiology, strengthen pre-hospital and
facility-based emergency care with rural trauma teams and provide capacity
building for medical trainees in rural settings as a sustainable human resource
for trauma management. Data generated will inform the feasibility of scaling up
the RTTDC in Ugandan rural hospitals. The mentorship provided to medical
trainees is expected to inspire them to become trauma professionals
(specialists) alongside influencing curriculum development for medical training
in Uganda and other resource constrained countries where no formal trauma care
systems or registries exist.


Teaching interests: e-Health, Trauma Prevention, Injury Epidemiology, Global Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Global Health and Infectious Diseases that Impact Trauma and Surgery Outcome.

Teaching Responsibilities:

2014-Todate: Undergraduate Research Supervision-Kampala International University (Uganda)

2016-Todate: Reviewer-Public Library of Science (PLoS ONE peer Reviewed Journal)

2017-Todate: Masters of Medicine in Surgery (MMed) Thesis Research Supervision-Kampala International University (Uganda)

2017-To date: Lecturer of General and Trauma Surgery-Kampala International University and Teaching Hospital (Uganda)

2018-To Date: Surgery Chair and Chief of Surgery-Kiryangongo Government Reference Hospital (Uganda)

2019-Todate: Research Coordinator-Directorate of Research and Innovations, Kampala International University (Uganda)

2020-To date: Research and Ethics Reviewer-Ethical Review Board, Kampala International University (Uganda)

2020-To date: Visiting Lecturer of Electronic Health Records and Tele-Epidemiology-Information Communication Technology (ICT) University (USA)

2020-To Date: Masters Thesis Reviewer-Injury Epidemiology Unit, Heidelberg Institute of Global Health, University of Heidelberg (Germany)

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