Professor Abiodun Otegbayo, has been appointed as the new Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the University College Hospital (UCH) on Friday, as he took over from the former CMD Prof. Temitope Alonge, who just completed his two terms tenure of eight years.
At the handover ceremony, Alonge charged his successor to take the health institution to the next level of progress, while Otegbayo pledged to consolidate on the achievements of his predecessors with transformational leadership for the ultimate success of the institution.
Reports have shown that Otegbayo had the highest mark among seven professors shortlisted for the job interview to emerge the UCH CMD.
A native of Otan-Ile in Obokun Local Government Area of Osun State, Otegbayo was born in Sekondi, Ghana, on December 17, 1961, and had his MBBS in 1989 at the College of Medicine, the University of Ibadan .
Having observed the mandatory National Youth Service with the Nigerian Navy in Sapele in 1992, he did his residency training programme in Internal Medicine at the UCH, Ibadan, and obtained the Fellowship of the West African College of Physicians in 1998.
Otegbayo, who is currently the Vice President cum President-Elect of the Society for Gastroenterology and Hepatology in Nigeria and Sub-specialty Head of Gastroenterology of the West African College of Physicians, obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Gastroenterology at the University of Tel-Aviv and clinical scholar at the Chaim Sheba Medical Centre, Tel-Hashomer, Israel in 2002. He was a Union Internationale Contre Cancer clinical fellow at the Johann-Wolfgang Goethe Hopitale, Frankfurt, Germany in 2000.
A scholar per excellence, he has taught and supervised both undergraduate and postgraduate students. over the past 20 years. He has been an examiner in Nigeria and Ghana to the West African College of Physicians since 2005 and belongs to several local and international professional associations.
He has served in several administrative capacities, some of which are President, Association of Resident Doctors; Vice President, National Association of Resident Doctors; Assistant Secretary, General Secretary, Vice Chairman and Chairman, Medical and Dental Consultants’ Association of Nigeria (MDCAN), UCH; National Publicity Secretary, MDCAN; Member, Oyo State Executive Council of Nigeria Medical Association.
He was the Director of Clinical Services, Research and Training & Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee, UCH Ibadan; Head, Departments of Medicine, Babcock University and Babcock University Teaching Hospital, and Department of Medicine University of Ibadan and University College Hospital, Ibadan. He was World Bank Consultant to the Ministry of Health & Sanitation, Sierra Leone and later the maiden Chief Medical Director, University of Sierra Leone Teaching Hospitals Complex, Freetown.