A Nigerian medical doctor, Oluyinka Olutoye, has been appointed as the Surgeon-in-chief at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus in Ohio, United States of America.
Olutoye had led a team of surgeons some three years ago that carried out a surgery that has been generally regarded as a rare medical feat in the United States. He reportedly led a team of 22 doctors that carried out a delicate surgery on a 23-week old fetus that was removed from the mother’s womb, operated upon and returned to the womb to heal and continue to grow until the baby girl was born healthy at 36 weeks.
Nationwide Children’s Hospital is named among the top 10 best children’s hospitals, according to the US News & World Report of 2019-20.
Olutoye is a general pediatric surgeon with a medical degree from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in Nigeria would also serve as Professor and E. Thomas Boles Chair of Pediatric Surgery at The Ohio State University (OSU), College of Medicine.
Managing Director and Chief Medical Officer of the hospital, Richard Brilli, while reacting to Olutoye’s appointment expressed joy, saying the experience of the Nigerian doctor would further advance surgical operations in the hospital.
According to him, “We are tremendously delighted to welcome Dr. Olutoye to Nationwide Children’s Hospital to further elevate the visibility and reputation of one of the best overall children’s surgical programs in the country that, through its clinical care and research, is forging the future of children’s surgery.
“Having a world-renowned fetal and pediatric surgeon join our leadership team will further advance Nationwide Children’s commitment to establishing a preeminent fetal surgery program.”
Olutoye, on his part, described joining the hospital as an opportunity to further help children across the world.
“Nationwide Children’s Hospital is respected nationally for building outstanding integrated research and clinical programs, its seminal work in healthcare quality and patient safety, and as a leader in improving pediatric health outcomes.
“This is a very opportune time to be joining the organization as we build upon the already impressive success of our surgical services to help children around the country and increasingly around the world. I look forward to the privilege of leading and collaborating with this team in the next phase of our journey”.
Olutoye is certified by the American Board of Surgery in Surgery and Pediatric Surgery.
He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons; the American Academy of Pediatrics; and the West African College of Surgeons. also a member of the American Surgical Association; the American Pediatric Surgical Association; and past President of the International Fetal Medicine and Surgery Society.
Olutoye had served as Co-director of the Fetal Center and the immediate past President of the Medical Staff at Texas Children’s Hospital as well as tenured Professor of Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Pediatrics, and Chair of the Faculty Senate at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. We said congratulations to him.