PROFILE OF PROFESSOR AKIN OSIBOGUN, MBBS(Lagos), MPH (Columbia), FMCPH, FWACP, FRSPH (UK) Consultant Public Health Physician/Epidemiologist

Prof Akin Osibogun graduated MBBS from the College of Medicine University of Lagos in April 1980 and proceeded to the State Hospital, Ijaiye and Idi-Aba, Abeokuta for his mandatory housemanship.  He subsequently served as the Medical Officer of Health for Ezza Local Government Area of the then Anambra State for his NYSC from 1981-1982. After a brief stint as a Medical Officer in Private Practice, he travelled out to the United States for his postgraduate training in Public Health at Columbia University in New York and got his Master of Public Health degree in 1984.

He subsequently joined the Residency Training Programme at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital culminating in his passing the Final (Part 2) Fellowship Examination of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria in May 1989. His focus as a Public Health Physician has been in Health Systems Development and Epidemiology.  He chose to complete the examination of the West African College of Physicians and was awarded the Fellowship by examination in 1994.

In 1990, he was appointed as a Lecturer/Consultant at the Obafemi Awolowo College of Health Sciences of the Ogun State University (now Olabisi Onabanjo University) where he served as the Coordinator of the Community-Based Medical Education and Services Programme of the College of Health Sciences, which position made him a member of the University Senate as well as a member of the College Advisory Council right from his appointment.  In 1995, he relocated back to the College of Medicine University of Lagos as a Senior Lecturer and was appointed a Professor of Community Health in 2001. He has had the opportunity of serving on several of the College of Medicine’s Statutory Committees and served as Head of Department at different times between 2001 1nd 2006.

He has practical experience in the management of complex health systems and has served as the Chief Medical Director of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital from October 11, 2006 till October 10, 2014.

He also has served as Temporary Adviser and Short Term Consultant to the WHO Headquarters Division of Strengthening Health Systems in Geneva on various dates between 1993 and 2003. The gained practical experience is applied in his teaching of courses in Health Planning/Management, Health Policy and Health Care Financing.

At the National Postgraduate Medical College, among other services to the College, Prof Osibogun has served as Associate Editor NPMJ, Faculty Secretary (Public Health), Third Senate Member, Member Docimology Committee, Chairman NPMCN 2nd National Scientific Conference 2006, Faculty Chair of Public Health and member of NPMCN Governing Board on various dates.

He has had the opportunity of serving as External Examiner at various medical schools in Nigerian Universities including Nigeria (Enugu), Maiduguri, Benin, Port Harcourt, Ilorin, Ibadan, Ladoke Akintola, and Lagos State. He has served on PhD Thesis Defence/Evaluation Panels at the Universities of Ibadan, Amsterdam (The Netherlands) and South Western Sydney (Australia).

Over the years he has conducted research in areas of health systems development and epidemiology with over 120 publications. He has also supervised over 70 postgraduate theses to date.

He is a member of several professional bodies and NGOs including, the Nigerian Medical Association,  Association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria; Royal Society for Public Health (UK); American Public Health Association; New York Academy of Science , the International Society for Infectious Diseases, The Nigerian Heart Foundation and the NCD Alliance Nigeria.

He has travelled extensively within Nigeria, Africa, Europe, Asia and North America. He is happily married with children.