Billy Tsima, BMed, MMed, MSCE
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NAME: Tsima, Billy

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POSITION TITLE: Senior Lecturer

EDUCATION/TRAINING (Begin with baccalaureate or other initial professional education, such as nursing, include postdoctoral training and residency training if applicable. Add/delete rows as necessary.)



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University of Newcastle, Australia




University of Stellenbosch, South Africa



Family Medicine

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA



Clinical Epidemiology










A. Personal Statement

I am a family physician and Senior Lecturer in the department of Family Medicine and Public Health in the faculty of medicine at the University of Botswana. I have a strong interest in clinical research in HIV and patient centered care. I have recently completed the Masters of Science in Clinical Epidemiology degree from the University of Pennsylvania and have resumed my faculty role in Family Medicine at the University of Botswana. I am an Adjunct Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatics (CCEB) as well as Penn Center for Global Health International Scholar.

B. Positions and Honors

Positions and Employment


06/06-06/07             Intern (Junior Medical Officer)  South Eastern Sydney Illawara Health Service, Australia

08/07-04/09            Medical Officer, Princess Marina Hospital, Gaborone, Botswana

04/09-03/10            Senior Medical Officer, Princess Marina Hospital, Gaborone, Botswana

06/10-03/12            Staff Development Fellow (Family Medicine), University of Botswana School of Medicine

04/12-to 10/16        Lecturer in Family Medicine, University of Botswana School of Medicine

10/16-to date                            Senior Lecturer in Family Medicine, University of Botswana Faculty of Medicine

07/14-05/16          Trainee in Clinical Epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania school of medicine, Philadelphia, PA                          




Awards and Other Professional Activities

2009 AIDS clinical care fundamentals (KITSO training), Botswana-Harvard AIDS partnership for Research and Education


2014 Botswana HIV Clinicians Society Member

2016 Member, Botswana Medical Association

2016 Member, Guidelines International Network

2016 Member, American Academy of Family Physicians

2016 Member, Botswana Academy of Science





C. Contributions to Science

1. HIV disease in Botswana

As a practicing physician in Botswana I have encountered numerous gaps in the care of individuals with HIV/AIDS. My research has focused on identifying the country’s specific clinical challenges in HIV care in order to address them. My work has looked at the relationship  between HIV and Non Communicable diseases.


i) Reid MJA, Mosepele M, Tsima BM, Gross R. Addressing the challenge of the emerging NCD epidemic:  lessons learned from Botswana’s response to the HIV epidemic. PHA  2012;2(3):47-49


ii) Reid MJA, Tsima BM, Kirk B. HIV and diabetes in Africa. AJDM. 2012; 20(2): 28-32


iii) Reid MJA, Tsima B. ‘It would have been better if I had HIV instead of diabetes’. S Afr Med J.2014;104(5):325. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.8216

iv) Omech B. Tshikuka JG, Mwita J, Tsima B, Nkomazana O, Amone-P’Olak K. Validity of the     Finnish Diabetes Risk Score for detecting Undiagnosed Type 2 Diabetes among General Medical Outpatients in Botswana. Journal of Diabetes Research. Article ID 4968350, 7 pages, 2016. doi:10.1155/2016/4968350.


2. Complications of other comorbidities in HIV infected Batswana


i) Reid MJA, MacFadden N, Tsima BM. Clinical challenges in the co-management of diabetes mellitus and tuberculosis in southern Africa. JEMDSA. 2013;18(3):135-140


ii) Reid MJ, Molosiwa B, Oyewo A, McFadden N, Tsima B, Ho-Foster A. Screening for tuberculosis in a diabetes clinic in Gaborone, Botswana. Inter J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2014 Aug; 18(8): 1004.doi: 10.5588/ijtld. 14.0178


3. Medical education/Healthcare infrastructure of Botswana

In 2010 I joined the newly established Botswana School of Medicine and have contributed to literature on medical education in the local setting. My work includes assessment of the healthcare infrastructure as a teaching health system for the School of Medicine.

i) Sokol-Hessner L, Tsima BM, Dine CJ, Masheto B, Shea JA, Masunge J, Nkomazana O. Perceptions of Physician leadership in Botswana. Afr J Health Professions Educ. 2015; 7(1):26-31.


ii) Tsima BM, Madzimbamuto FD, Mash B. Use of Oxytocin during Caesarean Section at Princess Marina Hospital, Botswana. An audit of clinical practice. Afr J Prm Health Care Fam Med. 2013;5(1), Art#418,6 pages.


iii) Meaney PA, Sutton RM, Tsima B, Steenhoff AP, Shilkofski N, Boulet JR, Davis A, Kestler AM, Church KK, Niles DA, Irving SY, Mazhani L, Nadkarni VM. Training hospital providers in basic CPR skills in Botswana: Acquisition, retention, and impact of novel training techniques. Resuscitation, 2012 Dec;83(12):1484-90.


iv Tsima BM, Melesse T,Mogobe KD, Chabaesele K, Rankgoane G, Nassali  M, Habte D. Clinical use of blood and blood components in post-abortion care in Botswana. Transfusion Medicine. doi: 10.1111/tme.12320


v) Joubert J, Nkomazana O, Mompati K, Joubert L, Preux PM , La Croix P, Lang J, Korn S, Mbongwe B, Tsima B, Cook M. A community survey of cardiovascular risk factors in an urban population in Botswana exploring potential for telemedicine. European Research in Telemedicine/La Recherche Européenne en Télémédecine. 2014 3(3), 95-103.

vi Tsima BM, Setlhare V, Nkomazana O. Developing the Botswana Primary Care Guideline; an integrated, symptom based primary care guideline for the adult patient in a resource limited setting. Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare. 2016:9 347–354


D.              Research Support             

Ongoing Research Support


D43                                                                                                                                                          (PI: Gross, R)                                                                                                                              04/01/14 – 03/31/19


HIV Clinical Research Training for Botswana                                                                                                                             

Training program in collaboration with the University of Botswana and Ministry of Health


Penn Mental Health AIDS Research Center pilot project- P30MH97488 (Co-PI: Tsima,B and Gross, R) 2016-2017