Professor Oluwole Ayoola Atoyebi was born at Ila Orangun, Osun State, Nigeria on November 9, 1953. He had his secondary education at Oyan Grammar School, Oyan between 1966 and 1969. He was the Overall Best Final Year Student of his alma mater with seven distinctions at the West African School Certificate Examination. He enrolled at the University of Lagos for his preliminary medicine course in 1971 and passed Physics, Chemistry and Biology with A, A and B+. .
During his training at the College of Medicine, the erudite scholar won almost all the available undergraduate awards. For instance, he won the Birmingham Prize for Best Medicine Student in Basic Sciences and the KB Prize for the Best Medicine Student in Basic Sciences in 1973, Glaxo Prize for Best All-round Performance in Medicine in General (1976/1977) and May and Baker Prize for Best All-round Performance in Medicine in General (1976/1977). He topped his class by passing the Final degree examinations for MB.BS with HONOURS. This is a feat only achieved by someone who did not have a reference in any subject throughout his 6- year training and obtained at least one distinction in each of the professional examinations. In 1994, Atoyebi was awarded the Pfizer Travel Fellowship Award to the 10th Congress of the International Society for Burn Injuries (ISBI) in Paris, France.
Professor Atoyebi began his professional career in 1977 with his internship at the famous Adeoyo Specialist Hospital, Ibadan. He was the Medical Officer (NYSC) at Moro Local Government, Kwara State (1978/1979) and thereafter the Resident Medical Officer at Alalade Memorial Hospital, Lagos. He returned to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital for his Postgraduate Residency Training between 1980 and 1985. He did a five-month’s clinical attachment at the West Lothian Burns and Plastic Unit, Scotland. Between 1985 and 1988, he was the General Surgeon to Salvation Clinic Limited, Lagos.
He was re-appointed a Senior Registrar in the Department of Surgery by LUTH in June 1988 and became a full Consultant Surgeon in 1990. Professor Atoyebi was appointed a Lecturer I in the Department of Surgery of the College in October 1992. In 1997 he rose to become Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor in October 2000 and in October 2005, the Governing Council of the University of Lagos appointed him full Professor.
The eminent scholar has published over 55 scientific articles in local and internationally acclaimed journals in his Specialty which is Surgical Gastro-enterology, Endocrinology and Breast. He has presented over 15 quality papers at conferences within and outside the country and has supervised over 15 postgraduate research works. His special research interests are in Surgical Oncology and Surgical Infections.
Professor Atoyebi plays active roles within and outside the University of Lagos. He is an Examiner for the MB.BS Examinations in the University of Lagos since 1990; Coordinator, Intensive Basic Medical Science Course, Faculty of Surgery of National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (NPMCN) for several years; Examiner for Primary, Part I & II Final Examinations in Surgery for the NPMCN and West African College of Surgeons (WACS). He has served as External Examiner to Nnamdi Azikwe University, University of Calabar, Obafemi Awolowo University, Olabisi Onabanjo University and University of Benin. He has served as an External Examiner to the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Wole Atoyebi has served the nation in various capacities. He has served on several Committees of the Federal Ministry of Health. He was initially the Faculty Secretary and later the Faculty Chairman of Faculty of Surgery, NPMCN; member of Senate of the NPMCN for 10 years and member of the Governing Board for 4 years. He was President of the Nigerian Surgical Research Society; member of the Medical & Dental Council of Nigeria (2000-2007), member of the Medical & Dental Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal (2005-2006) and later the Chairman of the Medical Education Committee of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria.
Professor Atoyebi has, at one time or the other, occupied virtually all key positions within the medical professional bodies. He was the National President of the Nigerian Medical Association from May 2004 to April 2006; Vice-President, Lagos University Medical Society, 2001 – 2005; Editor, Nigerian Medical Journal, 2001 – 2004; Secretary General, Nigerian Medical Association, West African Society of Gastroenterology and the Confederation of African Medical Associations and Societies from 1992 – 1994, 1996 – 2005 and 1996 – 1999 respectively. He also served as both the Secretary and President of LUTH Association of Resident Doctors from 1981 – 1982 and 1982 – 1984 respectively. He was National President of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) from 1984 – 1985.
Professor Atoyebi is a widely traveled man who has visited all the continents of the world. He enjoys membership of several professional as well as social associations. These include the World Medical Association, West African Society of Gastroenterologists, Nigerian Surgical Research Society, International Society of Surgery, Breast Surgery International and American Society of Breast Diseases. He is also a member of the Nigerian Institute of Management (MNIM). He was a past President of the Ultimate Circle of Nigeria – a social and philanthropic club; member of Ila Charity Club (the premier social club of descendants of Ila Orangun); Chairman, Advocates for Nigerian Youth (a non-governmental organisation for youth development); Chairman, Management Committee, Medical Centre Staff Club (2005 to 2007) and an active member of the Yoruba Tennis Club, Lagos.
Professor Oluwole Ayoola Atoyebi was appointed Provost of the College of Medicine, University of Lagos with effect from January 1, 2009 and successfully completed two terms of 2-years each on 31st December 2012. During his Provostship, he served the University of Lagos on several bodies including the University Governing Council, Court of Governors of the College of Medicine. He was also the Chairman of the National Association of Colleges of Medicine in Nigeria (NACOM), a body comprising of Provosts of all the Colleges of Medicine in Nigeria.
Professor Atoyebi is married to Dr (Mrs) Oluwatoyin Atoyebi and they are blessed with children and grandchildren.
He was appointed the College Registrar by the Governing Board of the College on 7th June, 2013 and he assumed the office on the 17th June, 2013.