Kassu Ketema GurmuPhD Candidate and Research Assistant
Kassu joined the Health Policy PhD Program at McMaster University in September 2014. Before coming to McMaster, he worked as a technical and professional officer in the World Health Organization (WHO) offices for Ethiopia, Papua New Guinea, and Yemen. He has participated in guideline and training material development and revision and in capacity building for ministry of health staff. He was a general medical practitioner and consultant paediatrician in zone and teaching hospitals in Ethiopia and taught medical, health officer and nursing students. His research interest is related to knowledge transfer and exchange. In his thesis, he plans to examine to what degree policy development, program management and service delivery in the PMTCT program in Ethiopia is evidence-informed, develop context-specific tools to facilitate knowledge translation, and evaluate the impact of using these tools. Kassu got his MD and MPH from Gondar University, Ethiopia, and did his residency in Paediatrics and Child Health in the Medical Faculty of Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. He is supervised by Dr John Lavis and supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) International Research Chair in Evidence-Informed Policies and Systems.