Professor David M. Serwadda is a Ugandan physician, medical researcher, academic, public health specialist and medical administrator. Currently he is a Professor of Public Health at Makerere University School of Public Health (MUSPH). Serwadda is also a founding member of Accordia Global Health Foundation’s Academic Alliance.
In the 1980s, Prof. Serwadda was one of the earliest physicians in Uganda to recognize a new disease that caused patients to lose weight and “slim” down to abnormal chachectic sizes. The new disease, at first called Slim Disease, became known as HIV/AIDS. He has been a leading researcher in the epidemiology of HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.
In the 1990s, Prof. Serwadda was appointed Director of the then Makerere Institute of Public Health. He served in that position until 2007 when he was promoted to the position of Dean, Makerere University School of Public Health, following the elevation of the Institute to a constituent School of Makerere University College of Health Sciences (MUCHS). He later resigned as Dean of the School of Public Health, but he continues to teach and carry out research in his capacity as Professor of Public Health.