Peter Nthumba, MD

Head and Program Director of Plastic Reconstructive Surgery
AIC Kijabe Hospital
Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Plastic Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Dr. Nthumba is a Head and Program Director of Plastic Reconstructive Surgery at the AIC Kijabe Hospital. He is a Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Plastic Surgery, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville Tennessee.

 Dr. Nthumba attended Medical School at the University of Nairobi, graduating in 1995. In 2002, he graduated from the same University with a Master of Medicine in Surgery. In 2004, he became a Fellow of the College of Surgeons of East, Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA). Between 2006 and 2008, he underwent training in Plastic Surgery at the Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery, Christian Medical College, Vellore, India. He also trained in Hand Surgery at the Paul Brand Hand Research Unit in the same institution.  

He took a Fellowship in Reconstructive Microsurgery, a program that included training and participation in the Hand Transplant Unit, in Valencia, Spain, for a year, before returning to AIC Kijabe Hospital, to develop the Plastic Reconstructive and Hand Unit. He has an MSc in Epidemiology from the LSHTM, University of London.

Dr. Nthumba has interests in research, trauma, surgical infection, reconstructive surgery, and global surgery. He is widely published in his areas of interest. He started a small research non-profit to teach and mentor medical students and surgical residents through research at no fee to the trainees, EACH Research (

Dr. Nthumba was a member of the WHO Guidelines Development Groups that developed the Hand Hygiene Guidelines published in 2009, and the Global SSI Prevention Guidelines published in 2016. He is a member of the WHO TAG (Technical Advisory Group) on Hand Hygiene and IPC.

Dr. Nthumba is a past President of the Surgical Society of Kenya, and current chair of the Global Surgery Committee of the SSK. He was awarded the SSK Humanitarian Award in 2022. In 2023, he was awarded the Noordhoff Humanitarian Award by the American Society Plastic Surgeons.

Dr. Nthumba is an international member of ACAPS, and participates as faculty in the SHARE Research club. He is the Research section editor for PRS GO, and sits on the editorial board of the Annals of African Surgery.