The Department of Haematology, Faculty of Basic Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan (CoMUI), in collaboration with the University College Hospital (UCH), warmly invites staff, students, alumni and the public to the Valedictory Lecture in Honour of a Colossus Scholar & Leader, Professor Wuraola Adebola Shokunbi FAS, with details as follows:
Topic: Haemophilia Care in Nigeria
Time: Jul 31, 2023, 11:00 AM West Central Africa
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Meeting ID: 892-0432-1943
Personal Profile: Professor Wuraola Adebola Shokunbi, FAS
Professor Wuraola Adebola Shokunbi is a World-Renowned Haematologist. Born on August 7, 1953, in Are – Ekiti, Ekiti State, she embarked on a remarkable journey of academic excellence and leadership with significant contributions to the field of Haematology and Healthcare Administration.
Her educational journey began at Christ’s School, Ado Ekiti, where she obtained the West African Senior School Certificate with a Grade 1 distinction in 1971. Continuing her pursuit of knowledge, she earned her MB.BS degree with Distinction in Obstetrics and Gynaecology from the prestigious University of Ibadan in 1978 belonging to the exceptional CoMUI MBBS Class of 1978 which has several outstanding personalities and leaders in the medical field.
Professor Shokunbi's passion for Haematology led her to specialize in the field, and she received her training at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, starting in 1981. During her professional development, she also served as a Research Fellow in Haematology at St. Joseph’s Hospital, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada, between 1983 and 1985, gaining valuable international experience. Her commitment to advancing her expertise earned her professional Fellowships as a Haematologist from both the Nigerian Postgraduate Medical College (FMCPath) in 1985 and the West African Postgraduate Medical College (FWACP, Lab. Med.) in 1989. In recognition of her exceptional contributions to the field of Haematology and medical science, she was appointed Professor of Haematology at the University of Ibadan in 1997.
Professor Shokunbi has served as Consultant Haematologist to the University College Hospital (UCH), since 1988. Her clinical expertise and dedication to patient care have earned her widespread respect and recognition. In addition to her outstanding academic achievements and clinical work, Professor Shokunbi has made significant contributions to research and scholarship. Her published works, totalling over 140 publications, have enriched the field of Haematology and continue to inspire the next generation of medical professionals.
Beyond her academic pursuits, Professor Shokunbi has been actively involved in administrative and leadership roles, including serving as the Head of the Department of Haematology at the University of Ibadan for a cumulative period of 13 years. At the University College Hospital (UCH), she held important positions as Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee and Director of Clinical Services Research and Training from 1998 to 2002. In recognition of her contributions to science and healthcare, Professor Shokunbi was inducted Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Science (FAS) and the Nigerian Academy of Medicine (FNAMed). These fellowships highlight her significant impact on the medical community and her recognition as an academic advancing medical knowledge.
Professor Wuraola Adebola Shokunbi's passion for research and public health is evident through her involvement in various projects and organizations, including the Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH). Her pursuit of knowledge is diverse, as demonstrated by her certification in Immunology, Preventive Measures against HIV, and Basic Theology.
As a mentor to numerous residents pursuing postgraduate work, Professor Shokunbi's influence extends far beyond her own achievements. She has played a crucial role in shaping the future of Haematology in Nigeria and inspiring the next generation of medical professionals. Her current research activities, including the collaborative study on Childhood Malaria with MRC, London, and the Survey of Haemophilia Care in Nigeria, reflect her commitment to addressing critical healthcare challenges in the country.
Professor Wuraola Adebola Shokunbi's journey is one of excellence, dedication, and remarkable contributions to the field of Haematology. Her impact on medical research, patient care, and academic leadership continues to be an inspiration to her colleagues, students, and the medical community at large.
Professor Wuraola Shokunbi has several firsts to her name. She was the first female President of the Ibadan College of Medicine Alumni Association (ICOMAA) where she led the association to greater heights. She was the first female Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee (CMAC) and Director of Clinical Services Research and Training at the UCH and the first female Chairman of the Medical and Dental Association of Nigeria (MDCAN), UCH Branch.
A leader among medical women, she was Oyo State Chairman of the Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN), acting as a role model to several young female doctors. She served for five years as the MWAN National Journal Editor.
Professor Wuraola Shokunbi is married to Professor Temitayo Mathew Shokunbi, a World-Renowned Neurosurgeon, Professor of Anatomy and the 6th Provost of the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan. They are blessed with wonderful children and grandchildren.
We, therefore, invite the public to join us in celebrating the illustrious career and exceptional contributions of Professor Wuraola Adebola Shokunbi in the field of Haematology.
Let us come together to honour Professor Wuraola Adebola Shokunbi's outstanding achievements, dedication to patient care, and relentless pursuit of knowledge.