Sarah Matuja | World Stroke Organization
Sarah Matuja

Sarah Matuja


Member Bio

Sarah Matuja (MD, MMed, MSc Neurology Fellow) is a Senior Lecturer in the department of Internal Medicine, Neurology division at the Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences-Weill Bugando (CUHAS-Bugando) in Northwestern Tanzania, where she has been re-categorized since July 2022. She completed her medical school training at CUHAS-Bugando in 2013 and completed her Masters of Medicine training in December 2019. She is currently a Neurology Fellow at the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences in Tanzania.

Dr. Matuja is a vibrant stroke researcher and has published multiple research articles focusing on the morbidity and mortality of stroke among Tanzanians. Her previous research work is based on stroke in young adults which has been on the rise among Tanzanians due to the upsurge in the prevalence of cardiovascular diseases and is associated with devastating outcomes. She is currently managing the Weill-Bugando Department of Medicine’s stroke registry since 2020, and the goal of this registry is to improve quality of care for patients and to identify research gaps. Similarly, she is also collaborating to write a book about stroke in Low- and Middle-Income Countries with neurologists across the globe.

Dr. Matuja also serves as an active member for the Non-Communicable Diseases Group in Tanzania, a position which she leverages to promote locally contextualized research and preventive strategies from stroke. She is a current scholar for the Training Africans to Lead and Execute Neurological Trials program and a former Global Health Fogarty Fellow, supported by National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health. Her ultimate career goal is to conduct collaborative clinical research in Tanzania, sub-Saharan Africa and globally that is focused on stroke and will improve the health and outcomes of people with stroke, especially in Tanzania.

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