Minister of Health and Oncologist
Professor Isaac Adewole has been a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria since 1997. He is the Honorable Minister of Health, Federal Ministry of Health. He was the 11th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria and a President of the African Organization for Research and Training in Cancer (AORTIC). He enrolled as a National Award Scholar at the prestigious University of Ibadan in 1973 and obtained his MB BS degree from the University of Ibadan in 1978 with the Glaxo Allenbury prize for the best performance in Pediatrics. He joined the services of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology as a Senior House Officer in 1981 and underwent further medical training to become a Senior Registrar in the Department in 1984. Professor Adewole joined the College of Medicine at the University of Ibadan in 1989, was promoted to Professor in 1997, and was Provost of the College of Medicine from 2002 to 2006. Professor Adewole was the Principal Investigator of the AIDS Prevention Initiative in Nigeria (APIN) at the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan and Co-Principal Investigator of the Medical Education Partnership Initiative in Nigeria (MEPIN). He was a former Chairman of the National Task Team on Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) of HIV in Nigeria. He was also the country’s Principal Investigator for ‘Operation Stop Cervical Cancer’ in Nigeria. A leading advocate for nationwide access to cervical cancer prevention and control, Professor Adewole’s research interests include evaluating novel ideas for promoting prevention of cervical cancer in developing countries, HPV variability in cervical cancer among African women, and evaluating interaction between HIV and Cervical Cancer. He has published over 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals and books on Gynecological oncology, Abortion, HIV/AIDS and Perinatal medicine.
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