CEV would like to congratulate Dr. Steve Gichuhi on completing his PhD at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) in April 2016. His thesis was entitled "The epidemiology and management of ocular surfaces squamous neoplasia in Kenya".
Dr. Gichuhi, MBChB, M.Med, MBA, MSc(Epid), PhD, joined CEV as a methodologist at the CEV@US Satellite at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland in 2006. He trained as an ophthalmologist in Kenya and was highly recommended by the South African Cochrane Centre. While at CEV@US, Dr. Gichuhi provided methodologial support for CEV reviews, facilitated methodological training workshops for clinicians, and worked on a project to code clinical trials in eyes and vision according to the condition being studied. Dr. Gichuhi also conducted a CEV systematic review which found no clinical trials that had evaluated treatments for squamous cell carcinoma of the conjunctiva, a finding which he later used as the basis for a randomized controlled trial that constituted a portion of his doctoral research at LSHTM.
Dr. Gichuhi's work highlights the impact that empty reviews can have on evidence generation, and the valuable role that Cochrane plays in this process. Congratulations, Dr. Gichuhi!