- Nigerian-born medical doctor Oluyinka Olutoye has been appointed as surgeon-in-chief at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Ohio
- The hospital is one of the largest and most comprehensive paediatric hospitals and research institutes in the United States
- Dr Olutoye and his team of medical doctors once carried out a successful surgery on an unborn baby at a Texas hospital in the US
A Nigerian medical doctor Oluyinka Olutoye has been appointed as the surgeon-in-chief at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Ohio, one of the largest and most comprehensive paediatric hospitals and research institutes in the United States.
With his new appointment which took effect from August 1, Olutoye will lead one of the largest children’s hospital surgery departments in the world.
Through his leadership of 11 surgical departments, Dr Olutoye will work to advance Nationwide Children’s common mission, philosophy and approach to excellence in patient care, dedication to outstanding clinical outcomes, commitment to academic excellence and education of the next generation of leaders in children’s surgery.
He will also be appointed professor and the E. Thomas Boles chair of paediatric surgery at The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Medicine.
Dr Olutoye will serve as the primary surgical liaison between Nationwide Children’s and the OSU College of Medicine.
Olutoye is a graduate of medicine from Obafemi Awolowo College of Health Sciences, Ogun State University, now known as Olabisi Onabanjo University, Nigeria. He will also be appointed professor and the E. Thomas Boles chair of paediatric surgery at The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Medicine.
He earned his PhD in anatomy from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. He completed his residency in general surgery at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals, Virginia Commonwealth University, and his fellowships in paediatric and foetal surgery at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in Philadelphia.
Olutoye is certified by the American Board of Surgery in Surgery and Paediatric Surgery. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of Paediatrics and the West African College of Surgeons.
Dr Olutoye is a member of the American Surgical Association, the American Paediatric Surgical Association and past president of the International Foetal Medicine and Surgery Society.
Legit.ng had reported the story of a successful surgery carried out by a team of medical doctors led by Nigerian-born Dr Oluyinka Olutoye on an unborn baby at a Texas hospital in the US.
Legit.ng gathered that the unborn baby had a rare tumour called sacrococcygeal teratoma that appeared at the base of the baby’s tailbone. The tumours are fatal and are believed to occur in about one of 40,000 pregnancies, and if left unchecked, could continue taking the baby’s blood supply and eventually cause heart failure.
The baby’s mother was advised by another hospital to terminate the pregnancy as the chances of carrying out an open-foetal surgery posed a great risk. Fortunately, she sought a second opinion at the Texas Children’s Hospital where Dr Olutoye and another colleague examined the tumour and offered her hope. The baby which was 23-week-old was removed from her mother’s womb, operated on her and then returned her to the womb where the injuries from her surgery healed while she continued to grow until she was born again at 36 weeks.
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