Herman Lule

Injury Epidemiology and Prevention (IEP) Research Group


TyöhuoneDivision of Clinical Neurosciences

Turku University Hospital and University of Turku


Researcg Gate

Turku Brain and Mind Center

Research Methods, RCT Design; Global Health; Global Surgery, Tele-Health; Trauma Care; Injury Epidemiology; Data Registries, Surgical Oncology


Herman Lule is a specialist General Surgeon from Uganda and a Doctoral Researcher in Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Turku, and Turku University Hospital in Finland. He also holds postgraduate certification in Global Health and Infectious Diseases from the University of Edinburgh (UK).

Herman is an affiliate of the Injury Epidemiology and Prevention (IEP) Research Group and Turku Brain Injury Center of the University of Turku (Finland), and an International Member of: Australian Injury Prevention Network (Australia), Australian College of Road Safety (Australia), Association of Academic Surgery (USA), Public Health Association of (Australia), and Association of Surgeons of (Uganda).

His research interests lies with in the global health domain of addressing health and surgical care inequities amongst the most vulnerable populations with a global focus.

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 has a strong background in trauma surgery and is passionate about strengthening trauma care and disease surveillance systems in low-middle income countries and is currently developing a rural trauma team registry for motorcycle injuries in Uganda for a doctoral thesis. He was a National Lead Coordinator for the global surgery UK-NIHR funded CovidSurg-week and CovidCancer global projects that evaluated the quality of surgical and cancer care worldwide in Covid-19 settings in collaboration with the University of Birmingham (UK).

He has recently attended a master class on rural trauma team development training of American College of Surgeons in Chicago (USA), was a pannel discussant of Research with Impact Regarding Africa during the 2023 Africa Research at Finnish Universities and, was  presenting author at the recently concluded 17th Annual Academic Surgical Congress of Association of Academic Surgery and Society for University Sugeons, Olando, Florida, USA; at the 27th edition of the digital international student’s congress of (bio) medical sciences in Groningen-Netherlands, and at the Australian Safety 2020-14th world conference on injury prevention and safety promotion. Herman is open to meaningful collaboration to address global health challenges.


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.


2014-2022: Undergraduate Research Supervision-Kampala International University (Uganda)

2017-2022: Masters of Medicine in Surgery (MMed) Thesis Research Supervision-Kampala International University (Uganda)

2017-2022: 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)

2019-2022: Research Coordinator-Directorate of Research and Innovations, Kampala International University (Uganda)

2020-2022: Research and Ethics Reviewer-Ethical Review Board, Kampala International University (Uganda)

2020-2021: Visiting Lecturer of Electronic Health Records and Tele-Epidemiology-Information Communication Technology (ICT) University (USA)

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


Last updated on 2023-12-12 at 17:38