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Karen Hospital Co-Founder to give a motivational talk on 6th June 2015

Dr. Betty Muthoni Gikonyo is a leading interventional paediatric cardiologist in Kenya. She is also a co-founder and the CEO of the Karen Hospital, the first indigenous ultramodern hospital in Eastern and Central Africa.Dr. Betty will be motivating and inspiring the students and lectures at the Chancellor's Tower Main hall on 6th June 2015.

Dr. Betty Muthoni Gikonyo Bio Data

Dr. Gikonyo holds a Post Doctoral Fellowship in Paediatric Cardiology from the University of Minnesota in USA and a Master of Medicine degree in the same discipline from the University of Nairobi. Earlier, she took her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees. She attended the distinguished Alliance Girls High School in her formative years.

Her strong professional passion led her to launch the Heart to Heart Foundation that, among other things, sponsors the Karen Heart to Heart Marathon to help needy children get free heart surgery. Dr. Gikonyo is involved in numerous other assignments in support society generally. She is deputy chairperson of the University of Nairobi Council, where she has served as a member of the council for twelve years.

In 2005, Dr. Gikonyo founded the University of Nairobi Alumni Association that has helped upwards of 5, 000 needy students complete their bachelors’ degrees at the university. Apart from being the brain behind the founding of the association, she is also the chairperson. She has also served as the Chairperson of the Nairobi Health Management Board and is a professional member of the Kenya Medical Association, the Kenya Cardiac Society, Kenya Pediatric Association, Kenya Medical Women’s Association and the Heart-to-Heart Foundation.

Dr. Gikonyo is a recipient of the Silver Star Award (SS) 1998 and the Moran of Burning Spear Award (MBS) 2008 Presidential awards. She is the author of The Girl Who Dared to Dream, an autobiographical self-portrait. She is married to Dr. Dan Gikonyo, a leading cardiologist. She is a mother to three grownup children – a cardiologist, an epidemiologist and a poet. She is a grandmother to six.


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