Haile Debas An African Physician, Administrator, Researcher and Inventor
By: Kwame Selikem Okatakyie Yeboah
Honourable Haile Debas was born in Present day Asmara, Eritea in 1937 and he hail from Asmara a town in Eritea, Debas was a Physician, Administrator, Inventor, he attended University College of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia as Undergrad he received his MD from MC Gill University in 1963 and completed his surgical training at the University of British Columbia his post undergraduate training Included a year as a research fellow at University of Glasgow Western Infirmary in Scotland, then two years at UCLA as a Medical Research Council Schloar in gastrointestinal physiology.
After that he pratice in Yukon territories and British Columbia, he joined the Sugery faculty of the University of British Columbia in 1970. He remained there until 1980, he served as a faculty of UCLA from 1980- 1985 then he continued from 1985- 1987. In 1987, Hon. Debas became the UCSF Chair of Department of Surgery during his tenure, UCSF became one of the country’s leading centers for transplant Sugery, the training of young Surgeons, basic and Clincal research. Debas received national recognition as a gastrointestinal Investigator and made original contributions to the physiology, biochemistry and pathophysiology of gastrointestinal peptide hormones later served as a dean of USCF School of medicine from 1993- 2003 also he won the Abraham Flexner Award in 2004 as a Major Intiatives Including the formation of Several Interdepartmental and Interdisciplinary centers of excellence and the development of the USCF Research Institute. In 1997, Debas was appointed as the 7th Chancellor of UCSF and he is recognized for his contributions to the academic medicine widely consulted on Issues associated with global health. It is said Hon. Haile Debas served as the founding Executive Director of UCSF Global Health Sciences from 2003- 2010, According to Stewart Manganga Europeans believed Africa can’t produced Its own scientific Inventions and this myths can be traced back to the time of Slavery and Colonialism this System led even Africans themselves to think that nothing good come from the African Continent this myth is even written in history books cemented these are replete with stories of Scientific Innovators from developed world I am not suggesting that the role these People played should be dismissed altogether. Africa has Innovators such as Selig Percy Amolis a Biomedical Engineer, Rachid Yazami a Nuclear Scientist, Sameera Moussa a Palaeontologist, Behano Asfaw a Surgical Pioneer, Haile Debas and Gebisa Ejeta a Geneticist.