Meet Claire Karekezi, the First and Only Female Neurosurgeon in Rwanda
A survivor of the genocide that swept Rwanda over two decades ago is making history as the country’s first female neurosurgeon.
Claire Karekezi dreamed of becoming a doctor amid a childhood scarred by genocide.
As a child growing up in Rwanda during the 1980s and ‘90s, Claire Karekezi dreamed of becoming a doctor. But what she calls her “guiding star” has taken her far beyond that initial goal to join the ranks of what is perhaps medicine’s most demanding specialty.
After completing high school, she received a full scholarship to study medicine at the University of Rwanda in Butare and completed further training in Neurosurgery, in Sweden, UK, Morocco, USA and Canada. She was also the recipient of the Fall 2013 AANS/Women in Neurosurgery (WINS) Visiting International Surgeon Award and The 2016 AANS International Visiting Surgeon Fellowship (IVSF) in Neurosurgery/Neuro-Oncology, Brigham and Women Hospital/Harvard Medical School!
Dr. Claire Karekezi returned back to Rwanda after completing a Neuro-oncology and Skull base surgery fellowship at the University of Toronto. Today, she is Rwanda’s first woman neurosurgeon
“It is certainly difficult but not Impossible” Dr- Karekezi