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President                                   Prof. A. O. OMIGBODUN

BIOGRAPHY OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE WEST AFRICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS
    

Prof. Akinyinka O.  Omigbodun, MD, FWACS.

Professor Akinyinka O. Omigbodun graduated [MBBS] from the Medical School of the University of Ibadan with Distinction in June 1980. After undergoing specialist training in Obstetrics & Gynaecology, he was awarded the Fellowships of the West African College of Surgeons in 1987 and of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria in 1988. He had further training in Oncology at the University Hospital of South Manchester, Withington, England from 1990 to 1991. He was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA from 1993 -1997. He was appointed as a Lecturer by the University of Ibadan in 1988 and promoted to the grade of Professor in October 1997. He has been the recipient of many coveted international awards, including a Training Fellowship from the International Women’s Health Coalition in 1990, the Audrey Meyer Mars Fellowship of the American Cancer Society in 1992 and an award by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine at its 52nd Annual Conference in Boston in 1996, for distinct contribution to science. In September 2010, the Osun State Government of Nigeria bestowed the State’s Merit Award on Professor Omigbodun for his contributions to the Science and Practice of Medicine. In January 2012, he was elected a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Science

 

Professor Omigbodun’s research interests are wide-ranging, from public health to medical education, but his major focus has been on environmental factors in reproductive biology, particularly as they relate to reproductive tract cancers. He has published over 120 scholarly articles and book chapters. In addition, he has more than 140 published conference presentations and abstracts. He was the Editor of the Tropical Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology from 1999 to 2010 and is an editorial consultant or reviewer for several other journals including the Journal of the West African College of Surgeons. He was the Provost of the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan from August 2006 until July 2010. He has also served as a member of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria and of its Disciplinary Tribunal. Professor Omigbodun is a member of the Governing Council of Osun State University and of the Lagos Research and Development Council.

 

Collaborations in Medical and Surgical Education have been the major focus of Professor Omigbodun’s attention for several years, with particular emphasis on better postgraduate training and research as a means for enhancing the quality of basic medical training. In terms of postgraduate academic training, Professor Omigbodun leads the West African Network in Biomedical Education, a partnership of Universities participating in a programme to enhance teaching skills among academics teaching in undergraduate Schools of Medicine and allied health professions in four Anglophone countries in West Africa. He started the first distance-learning Masters Degree programme at the University of Ibadan as part of the activities of the network. He is the Chairman of the Board of Management of the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA), a partnership between nine Universities and four research institutes in seven African countries on the one hand, and a similar number of Universities and research institutes from Australia, Canada, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America on the other. The Consortium has developed a new paradigm for doctoral training in Population and Public Health in the African partner institutions, which is now being implemented.

 

In the field of postgraduate surgical training, Professor Omigbodun served as Secretary of the Faculty of Obstetrics & Gynaecology of the West African College of Surgeons (WACS) from 1999 to 2003. He was the Chairman of the Faculty and Chief Examiner in Obstetrics & Gynaecology from 2003-2007. He was the first Chief Co-coordinator of Courses for WACS from October 2002 to March 2014. He organized a series of workshops between 2003 and 2013 to train WACS examiners in assessment methods for candidates at WACS Fellowship examinations. Apart from contributing to the WACS Manual of Manuscript Writing, he has been a resource person at previous Manuscript Writing Workshops mounted by WACS in Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal Cote d’Ivoire and Togo. He is also the editor of a primer on Health Management & Ethics published by the WACS. Professor Omigbodun served as 2nd Vice President of WACS from 2011 to 2013 and as 1st Vice President/President-Elect from 2013 to 2015. On 6th March 2015, he was installed as the 28th President of the West African College of Surgeons.

1st Vice-President                      Prof K. D. T YAWE

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2nd Vice-President                     Dr S. M. SHERIFF

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Secretary General                        Dr. J. O. OLATOSI

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Honorary Treasurer                     Dr. O. M. BOB-EGBE

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Assistant Secretary General         Dr. O. T. ARIBABA

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Assistant Honorary Treasurer      Prof. A. M. BAIYEROJU

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