Dr. Defersha, Amsalu Degu

Lecturer, Clinical Pharmacy
adefersha@usiu.ac.ke    |     +254 730 116 710


Amsalu Degu Defersha is a Pharmacy graduate having pursued a Bachelor of Pharmacy at Jimma University (September 2006- June 2010), Master of Science Degree in Pharmacology at Addis Ababa University (September 2012- December 2014), and Master of Pharmacy in Clinical Pharmacy at University of Nairobi (September 2015- December 2017).

He worked as a tutorial fellow from September 2010 to September 2012 and Lecturer of Pharmacology from September 2014 to August 2015 at Ambo University. From September 2015- December 2017, he has gotten a scholarship award from the European Union-funded project (AFIMEGQ) to pursue his Master of Pharmacy in Clinical Pharmacy at the University of Nairobi. After completing his study in Kenya, he worked as a Lecturer of Clinical Pharmacy at the University of Gondar from January 2018-August 31, 2018.

Currently, he is working as a lecturer of Clinical Pharmacy in the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at United States International University-Africa. He has a special interest in cancer therapeutics and co-authored in the publication of 17 articles.

Academic Degrees:

  • Master of Pharmacy in Clinical Pharmacy, University of Nairobi
  • Master of Science in Pharmacology, Addis Ababa University
  • Bachelor Degree in Pharmacy, Jimma University


Journal Articles

  1. Gelaw BK, Mohammed A, Tegegne GT, Defersha AD, Fromsa M, Tadesse E, et al. Non-adherence and Contributing Factors among Ambulatory Patients with Antidiabetic Medications in Adama Referral Hospital. Journal of Diabetes Research. 2014:617041. DOI: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25544946
  2. Degu A, Engidawork E, Shibeshi W. Evaluation of the anti-diarrheal activity of the leaf extract of Croton macrostachyus Hocsht. ex Del. (Euphorbiaceae) in mice model. BMC Complementary and alternative medicine, 2016; 16:379. DOI: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5041311
  3. Degu A, Njogu P, Weru I, Karimi P. Assessment of Drug Therapy Problems among Patients with Cervical Cancer at Kenyatta National Hospital, Kenya. Gynecologic Oncology Research and Practice, 2017; 4:15. DOI: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29075505
  4. Degu A, Kebede K. Drug-related problems and its associated factors among breast cancer patients at the University of Gondar Comprehensive Specialized Hospital, Ethiopia: A hospital-based retrospective cross-sectional study. J Oncol Pharm Pract.2021;27(1):88-98. DOI: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32252589
  5. Degu A, Kefale B, Alemayehu, D, Tegegne, G.T. Evaluation of the Antidiarrheal Activity of Hydromethanol Crude Extracts of Ruta chalepensis and Vernonia amygdalina in Mice. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2020. DOI: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32351606
  6. Mohammed AS, Adem F, Tadiwos Y, Woldekidan NA, Degu A . Level of Adherence to the Dietary Recommendation and Glycemic Control Among Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Eastern Ethiopia: A Cross-Sectional Study. Diabetes Metab Syndr Obes. 2020;13:2605-2612. DOI: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32801812
  7. Kefale B, Degu A, Tegegne GT. Medicationrelated problems and adverse drug reactions in Ethiopia: A systematic review. Pharmacol Res Perspect. 2020;8 (5):e00641. DOI: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32869531
  8. Odeo S, Degu A. Factors affecting health-related quality of life among prostate cancer patients: A systematic review. J Oncol Pharm Pract. 2020; 26(8):1997-2010. DOI: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32972301
  9. Kefale B, Tegegne GT, Kefale Y, Molla M, Ewunetei A, Degu A. Magnitude and determinants of drug therapy problems among type 2 diabetes mellitus patients with hypertension in Ethiopia. SAGE Open Medicine. 2020;8:1-8. DOI: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33029350
  10. Kefale B, Tegegne GT, Degu A, Molla M, Kefale Y. Surgical Site Infections and Prophylaxis Antibiotic Use in the Surgical Ward of Public Hospital in Western Ethiopia: A Hospital-Based Retrospective Cross-Sectional Study. Infect Drug Resist. 2020;13:3627-3635. DOI: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33116682
  11. Kefale B, Tegegne GT, Degu A, Tadege M, Tesfa D. Prevalence and Risk Factors of Thromboembolism among Patients With Coronavirus Disease-19: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Clin Appl Thromb Hemost. 2020;26:1076029620967083. DOI: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33074717
  12. Kefale B, Ewunetei A, Molla M, Tegegne GT, Degu A. Clinical pattern and predictors of stroke treatment outcome among hospitalised patients who had a stroke at Felege Hiwot comprehensive specialised hospital, northwest Ethiopia: a retrospective cross-sectional study. BMJ Open 2020;10:e040238. DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-040238. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33384388
  13. Degu A, Yussuf A. Treatment outcomes among human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 positive breast cancer patients: A systematic review. J Oncol Pharm Pract. 2021;10781552211005530. DOI: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33789525
  14. Tegegne GT, Kefale B, Engidaw MT, Degu A, Tesfa D, Ewunetei A, Yazie TS and Molla M (2021) Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice of Healthcare Providers Toward Novel Coronavirus 19 During the First Months of the Pandemic: A Systematic Review. Front. Public Health 2021; 9:606666. DOI: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34249826
  15. Amare GG, Degu A, Njogu P, Kifle ZD. Evaluation of the Antimalarial Activity of the Leaf Latex of Aloe weloensis (Aloaceae) against Plasmodium Parasites. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2021; 2021: 6664711. DOI: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34221087
  16. Mohammed AS, Degu A, Woldekidan NA, Adem F, Edessa D. In-hospital mortality and its predictors among stroke patients in sub-Saharan Africa: A systemic review and meta-analysis. SAGE Open Med. 2021;9:20503121211036789. DOI: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34377477
  17. Woldekidan NA, Mohammed AS, Degu A, Tadiwos Y. Prevalence of metabolic syndrome and associated factors among psychiatric patients at University of Gondar Comprehensive Specialized Hospital, Northwest Ethiopia. PLoS One. 2021;16(8):e0256195. DOI: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34437577

Areas of Interest/Specialization:

  • Clinical Pharmacy & Pharmacology


  • PHM44845: Endocrine and reproductive disorders
  • PHM4486: Nervous and musculoskeletal disorders
  • PHM4484: Cardiovascular and renal disorders
  • PHM5487: Neoplastic disorders
  • PHM 3486: Clinical management of fungal, parasitic & protozoa diseases
  • Practical clinical rotation in the hospital and Pharmacy skills lab