Dr. Temidayo O. Ogundiran, MBBS, MHSc, FWACS, FRCS, FACS, was elected a Member of Council of the West African College of Surgeons at the recently concluded annual scientific conference of the College in Cotonou, Benin Republic. Council is the highest decision-making parliament of the College. He will serve on the membership for two years. He was also recently nominated a Foundation Fellow of the Academy of Medicine Specialties of Nigeria.
Dr. Ogundiran wears many caps in Surgery, Oncology and Bioethics. He is Professor of Surgery at the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan and Consultant General/Oncological Surgeon to the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria. He also heads the Oncological Surgery Division of the twin institutions.
In 2003-4, he was a Fogarty fellow at the Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Canada, from where he received a Master of Health Science degree in Bioethics. Since then, he has been a foundation member of the West African Bioethics (WAB), now Center for Bioethics and Research, and for many years to date is the Center’s Academic Director. In November 2020, he assumed Headship of the newly created Department of Bioethics and Medical Humanities of the University of Ibadan. The Department of Bioethics and Medical Humanities is an offshoot of the postgraduate Bioethics program of the university which was established by WAB in 2007 with NIH funding and was domiciled in the Department of Surgery. In almost two decades, Dr. Ogundiran has been actively engaged in promoting awareness and developing manpower in Bioethics in Nigeria and West African through teaching, lectures, research, consultancy services and by administering the first graduate bioethics program in the West African subregion. He has been co-PI or co-Investigator in funded bioethics projects including ENTRENCH, ENRICH and READING, and others that are awaiting funding decisions.
Professor Ogundiran’s clinical activities have spanned almost three decades in Ibadan where he has devoted his surgical career to cancer care and research. For many years to date, he has headed a busy breast oncology unit in Ibadan which has provided comprehensive services to countless breast cancer patients at various stages of their disease trajectory. His research focus is on genetics of breast cancer in Blacks, and in collaboration with the University of Chicago, has explored the roles of genetics and environmental factors in breast-cancer risk in Nigerian women and in women of African ancestry. This collaboration has produced a breast cancer risk-prediction model for Sub-Sahara Africa that can identify high-risk individuals for further targeted screening and follow-up. His current research collaboration with the University of Maryland includes the African Female Breast Cancer Epidemiology (AFBRECANE) project and the Point of Care Diagnostic test for Molecular Subtyping of Breast Cancer (PoCBreCa) Study.