Recently, on 1 January 2018, Prof. Edemariam Tsega a lifelong contributor to the health and wellness of Ethiopia passed away. His work can be seen encompassing the globe and with a deep analysis of his life’s work there is no question that he was a modern day Ethiopian patriot.
Born and raised in Gondar, Ethiopia, Prof. Edemariam went to Addis Ababa University and later graduated from McGill University (Canada) and Lund University (Sweden). In addition to this he also practiced and taught general internal medicine for over 23 years in Addis Ababa. Prof. Edemariam was Professor of Medicine and even was dean of the medical faculty of Addis Ababa University. He was a general internist from 1994 for 7 years in Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland, and from 2001 until retirement in 2014. As a staunch advocate for the academia he was a frequent visitor at the University of Gondar where a lot of physicians got an opportunistic chance to interact with him.
Without a doubt Prof. Edemariam also played a major role in Gondar’s top flight university. His work has been seen as being a foundation of the now College of Medicine and Health Sciences. By raising his own funds to contribute to the gastroenterology section of the University Hospital, Prof Edemariam donated much needed machinery that helped start endoscopy procedures here in Gondar. The contribution to the internal medicine department was a first of its kind in the region and helped save many lives along the way.
Through his constant affection for his home city of Gondar, the Professor Emeritus (a retired professor) from Hamilton Health Sciences (McMaster University), could have been seen influencing many up and coming medics via physical diagnostics trainings. He influenced them in such a way that some mentioned him as being, “credited to have played a substantial role in the establishment of medical education systems in both the undergraduate and graduate medical programs in Ethiopia.”
The University of Gondar’s administration, faculty and community have expressed deep sorrow and condolences for Prof. Edemariam’s passing. His funeral was on 6 January 2018. Prof. Edemariam is predeceased by his parents and 5 siblings.