Dr. Twagirumugabe is a former Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology, Critical care and Emergency Medicine (2012-2017) and Program Director for Anesthesia Postgraduate Program (2008-2014). He holds a General Medicine degree (MD), from the National University of Rwanda (NUR) (2001), a Master of Medicine in Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine from University Henri Poincare (UHP) Nancy1, France in partnership with National University of Rwanda (2007). He has a fellowship in Critical Care from UHP Nancy1 (2010 and a Ph.D. in Medical Sciences obtained from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden (2018). He has joined academia since his graduation from NUR as Medical Doctor in 2002 as an assistant lecturer and served as a general practitioner and clinical instructor at the University teaching hospital of Butare (CHUB) before he went for a Specialization in Anesthesiology and Critical care in France.
After graduation in 2007, he was involved in teaching Anesthesia, Critical care medicine, Physiology and Cardiology for both undergraduate students and postgraduate in Anesthesia and Surgery. He taught also different courses (Applied Pharmacology, Regional Anesthesia and Critical Care) nurse anesthetist students at Kigali Health Institute. He developed curricula for the Anesthesia program and has been among the pioneers in several community services from the Department of Anesthesia including continuous professional development for Anesthesia providers in district hospitals and other healthcare professionals.
These were particularly focused on Obstetric Anesthesia and resuscitation, anesthesia apparatus, basic life support and good practice on Blood transfusion in district hospitals through SAFE OB course in collaboration with CASIEF, a consultancy with General Electric (GE), Centura Health, Denver, Co and with RBC/NCBT respectively.
He has also supervised a number of postgraduate students and undergraduate students for their final dissertation and is involved in clinical research on Acute Pain, Regional Anesthesia, ARDS in LMIC, Epidemiology of hepatitis viruses in Rwanda, Epidemiology of Critical Illness in Rwanda and Obstetric critical illness in Rwanda among others. He has more than 50 articles or conference proceedings in peer-reviewed international journals.
He exerts clinical activities in Anesthesia and ICU department at CHUB and currently oversees the Clinical Services Division. He has been for a while a key resource for Hemodialysis at CHUB and continues to provide assistance to the Hemodialysis Unit at the same hospital. His current particular clinical areas of interest for research are Severe Sepsis, Trauma, Liver diseases, Heart Failure, Hypertension, Obstetric Anesthesia and Critical Care, Acute Kidney Injury and Regional Anaesthesia/acute & Chronic Pain.