Following the recent election of the President of ICOMAA Worldwide, Professor Fatai Adeniyi as Deputy Provost of the College of Medicine, we are happy to introduce to you Professor Emmanuel Oladipo Otolorin who has taken over the leadership of the Association.
Prof. Otolorin was born on 16th November 1946 to the family of Late Dr Michael Price Olorunfemi Otolorin, a former Chief Medical Adviser to the Federal Government of Nigeria. He attended Igbobi College, Lagos for his secondary education before admission to the University of Ibadan in 1965 for the Prelim-Medicine course. He entered the Ibadan Medical School in 1966 from where he obtained a 1st Class BSc degree in Human Anatomy in 1969 and an MB.BS degree in 1972. Thereafter, he did his residency in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University College Hospital, Ibadan and the Newcastle General Hospital in the UK. On his return to Nigeria, he was appointed Lecturer/Consultant in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Ibadan in 1981 and rose to the position of full Professor in 1988. He served as Chief Consultant Obstetrician/Gynaecologist at the Taif Maternity Hospital in Saudi Arabia from 1989-1992. Thereafter, he was appointed the Pioneer Medical Director of the Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta in 1993.
He joined Jhpiego Corporation, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University in January 2000 as the pioneer Reproductive Health Advisor at the Regional Centre for Quality of Health Care in Uganda and served from 2000-2002 before he was transferred to the Jhpiego Head Office in Baltimore, USA from 2002-2004. He later served as Jhpiego’s Regional HIV/AIDS Advisor in Lusaka, Zambia from 2004-2005 before returning to Nigeria in January 2006. He established the Jhpiego office in Abuja in 2006 and served as the first Country Director from 2006 to 2017. He stepped down in May 2017 to take up his current position of Senior Regional Programmatic and Technical Advisor for the innovative Unitaid-funded Transforming Intermittent Preventive Treatment for Optimal Pregnancy (TIPTOP) project that aims to generate additional evidence for the value of community directed interventions to increase access to quality-assured Sulphadoxine-Pyrimethamine for the control of malaria in pregnancy. The TIPTOP project is currently being implemented in four Sub-Saharan African Countries, namely Democratic Republic of the Congo, Madagascar, Mozambique and Nigeria.
Prof Otolorin has over 70 academic publications and was until recently the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Association for Reproductive and Family Health, Chair of the Board of Management of the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH) in Sagamu, Nigeria and Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Olujimi Oladipo Akinkugbe (OOA) Private Ward at the Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta. Prof Otolorin is also a member of the Board of Management of the Society for Quality in Healthcare in Nigeria (SQHN), Member of the Advisory Board of the AIDS Prevention Initiative in Nigeria (APIN) and Visiting Professor to the University of Medical Sciences in Ondo State.
Prof Otolorin is married to Dr (Mrs) Lillian Adekemi Otolorin, a retired Chief Consultant Radiologist and Permanent Secretary in Oyo State. They are blessed with children and grandchildren.