Addis Ababa University Faculty Visitor Program

Established in 2018, the Emory University - Addis Ababa University (AAU) Faculty Visitor Program aims to advance Emory's eminence as a global research university with a diverse and inclusively excellent intellectual community by 1) deepening the relationship between Emory and AAU, 2) seeding new research collaborations, and 3) cultivating new Emory-AAU research connections.  

The Emory-AAU Faculty Visitor Program welcomes up to two faculty members from AAU for a short-term (2-6 weeks) stay at Emory University to explore new areas of research and collaboration with Emory counterparts. The visiting AAU faculty member will also be encouraged to give lectures and participate in colloquia. The Office of Global Strategy and Initiatives (GSI) will cover the costs of each visitor’s roundtrip flight to and from Emory, as well as lodging, per diem, and short-term health insurance expenses for the duration of their stay.

Emory faculty with existing faculty connections at Addis Ababa University - as well as those interested in establishing a research collaboration with an AAU counterpart - are welcome to apply. Faculty from any school or discipline are eligible to apply.

Applications for 2019 are currently closed. Stay tuned for announcements about the next cycle. 

Contact Sarah Harlan Zegeye with questions.


Emory University-Addis Ababa University Faculty Visitor Program
2019 Program Visitors

Tigist Bacha, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Pediatric Emergency and Critical Care, Addis Ababa University

 Dr. Tigist Bacha is an Associate Professor at Addis Ababa University (AAU) in Ethiopia. She received her first degree in medicine from the University of Gondar and conducted her Pediatric residency at AAU. She conducted her Pediatric Emergency and Critical care fellowship with the collaboration of AAU and University of Wisconsin (UW). She received her MPH from the University of Gondar.

Dr. Bacha is dedicated to improving outcomes for critically ill children and pediatric trauma patients. In addition to leading pediatric emergency and critical care in AAU, she has worked with the Federal Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization to develop valuable pre-hospital and hospital guidelines and training manuals for pediatric emergency care, and she has participated in national and international efforts to improve emergent healthcare for children across Africa. Dr. Bacha is currently conducting research alongside Emory University to improve simulation materials for interns, residents, and nurses using tablet-based technology for use in Ethiopia as well as by the African Federation of Emergency Medicine.

 Dr. Bacha’s Emory faculty hosts are Dr. Brittany Murray, School of Medicine Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine & Global Health Residency Track Director for the Department of Pediatrics; and Dr. Tal Berkowitz, School of Medicine Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine.


Eskadmas Yinesu, MS
Chief Medical Physicist and Lecturer, Department of Radiation Oncology, Addis Ababa University

Mr. Eskadmas Yinesu Belay has served as Chief Clinical Medical Physicist and Lecturer at Addis Ababa University (AAU) and its hospital, Black Lion Hospital, since 2011. He previously led the hospital’s Quality Management Office from 2014-2015. Presently, he is a PhD Candidate at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. His PhD research project is titled, “A Risk Based Analysis of Radiotherapy Quality Assurance Programs in a Low and a Middle Income Country,” and his research is funded by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). He holds a MSc in Radiation Oncology Medical Physics from the University of Witwatersrand.

His primary clinical interest is the support and development of radiation oncology services in Low Income Countries, and his efforts focus on patient safety and treatment quality in resource-constrained radiotherapy settings across Africa. From 2012-2017, he collaborated closely with IAEA on the national project, “Strengthening and expansion of Radiotherapy and Nuclear medicine services in Ethiopia.” He is a member of the Ethiopian Ministry of Health’s national technical advisory committee on establishing radiotherapy and nuclear medicine centers across the country. He further represents Ethiopia at the Federation of African Medical Physics Organizations (FAMPO).

Mr. Eskadmas’ Emory faculty host is Dr. Tian Liu, School of Medicine Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology and Vice Chair and Director of Medical Physics at the Winship Cancer Institute.