The Adult Cardiovascular Surgery Division (ACVSD) at UHI provides tertiary super-specialized cardiovascular (heart and blood vessel) surgical services to referred patients.

 Vision is to be a leading provider of super-specialized cardiovascular surgical services to the people of Uganda and the Great Lakes Region.

The division has a mission to serve as a centre of excellence for the region and to offer opportunity for research and training in cardiovascular surgery.

The ACVSD runs bi-weekly (Tuesday and Thursday) surgical out-patient clinics (SOPC) and conducts both elective and emergency cardiovascular surgical operations. The services are open to both local and international patients.



A. Out-patient Services.

Every Tuesday

  1. AV- shunt clinic (for haemodialysis).
  2. Peripheral vascular surgery (Arterial and Venous insufficiency)
  • GUCH(Grown-Up Congenital Heart disease).

Every Tuesday and Thursday

  1. Valvular heart disease
  2. Aortic Aneurysm clinic
  3. GUCH(Grown-Up Congenital Heart disease).
  4. Coronary Surgery clinic.

 B. In-patient Services.

Cardiac Surgery

  • Valve repair and replacement
  • Repair of congenital heart defects in GUCH
  • Pericardial surgery
  • Pulmonary Endarterectomy

Aortoiliac Surgery

  • Aortoiliac aneurysmectomy and repair (open)
  • TEVAR (Thoracic Endovascular Aorta Repair)
  • Abdominal EVAR(Endovascular Aorta Repair)

Peripheral Vascular Surgery

  • AV shunt creation / takedown – Access for haemodialysis in end-stage renal disease
  • Varicose Vein ablation / stripping for Peripheral venous insufficiency
  • Arterial bypass surgery for peripheral arterial insufficiency
  • Arterial embolectomy (blood clots in the arteries)- for thromboembolic arterial disease
  • Excision of cervical paragangliomas

The ACVSD extends technical support to Mulago National Referrral hospital in management of complex thoracic surgical disease where cardiovascular compromise is envisaged.


The institute is setting up a registry for aortoiliac aneurysm and is currently conducting studies on this condition in the Ugandan population.


With the current mandate given to the Institute, the ACVSD division offers services at a subsidized cost to the local population. The costing of services can easily be obtained from the accounts section located at the Out-Patient department.

In addition, the institute is continuously upgrading its services to a state-of-the-art and is working in close collaboration with partners abroad.