St. Paul’s named a medical ward after Prof. Taye Mekuria (1924-2005), a pioneer surgeon of the hospital to honor his contribution in administration and in his profession. This was announced in June 29 when St. Paul’s was celebrating Doctors’ Day.
Prof. Taye’ surgical work and teaching for considerable time took place in St. Paul’s Hospital where he later on became chief surgeon and director of the hospital.
In his days, the undergraduate program in surgery included relatively small groups of students who still remember him with gratitude as an inspiring teacher in surgery at the bedside and operating theaters as well as from the lecture hall. Many of these students are now senior surgeons, and some are professors at the Department of Surgery in Addis Ababa Univresity.
Prof. Taye’s career as a surgeon and a teacher in surgery began in Princess Tsehai Memorial Hospital. He was appointed Hon. Associate Professor in 1964 and became an Associate Professor in 1968. He had earned a B.Sc from the University of British Columbia, Canada, and MD from American University in Beirut.