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The Provost, of the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Professor Stephen Olafimihan Elesha will deliver the 8th inaugural lecture for the 2007/2008 academic session on Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at 4.00pm in the Main Auditorium, Main Campus, Akoka. 



The lecture entitled, “Pathologist as the Chief Umpire of Medical Practice”, will be presided over by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tolu Odugbemi, FAS, NNOM, OON.  Members of the University Community and the general public are cordially invited.


The astute Professor of Morbid Anatomy who was born on September 20, 1944 had his primary education at the St. Paul’s Catholic School, Ebute-Metta (1952 – 1957).  He went to St. Finbarr’s College, Akoka, Lagos (1958 – 1963) and Loyolla College, Ibadan (1964 – 1965), for his secondary education.  For his post-secondary education, he moved on to the University of Lagos (1966 – 1971) and University of Toronto, Canada (1974 – 1979).


Professor Elesha’s academic and professional qualifications include W.A.S.C., Division 1 (1963); M.B., B.S. (1972); Diploma of American Board in Anatomic Pathology (1978); Fellowship of the College of American Pathologist (FCAP) (1979); Fellowship of the West African College of Physicians (FWACP) (1994) and Fellowship of Nigerian Medical College in Pathology (FMC Path)  (1994).


The academic of international repute was appointed Pre-registration House Officer (LUTH), from 1971 to 1972; Senior House Officer and Registrar 1 in Morbid Anatomy (LUTH), 1972 - 1974; Demonstrator in Anatomic Pathology, University of Toronto, Canada (1974 -1978); Fellow in Renal Pathology and Immunopathology, Toronto Western Hospital, Canada and Senior Registrar in Morbid Anatomy (LUTH), 1979 - 1981.


He joined the services of the College of Medicine, University of Lagos as Lecturer 1 in Morbid Anatomy in 1981. In 1985, he became a Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor in 1992.  He was promoted to full Professor in 1996.


The versatile Professor has held various administrative capacities in the University. He is the current Provost of the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, a position he assumed in 2005. He was the Head of Morbid Anatomy (1998 – 2004) after being the Acting Head of the Department between 1991 and 1994.


He has been a Senate Member since 1997 and a member of the College of Medicine Academic Board since 1990. He has been a two-time member of the College’s Admission Committee (1983 – 1986 and 1988 - 1991); Hall Master for Alli Akilu Hall (1989 -1992); Chairman of the CMUL Students’ Affairs Committee (1991 - 1992); CMUL Housing Committee (1993 - 1995) and Chairman, Medilag Ventures (1996 – 2000).

Outside the University, Professor Elesha is an Examiner in Basic Sciences and Laboratory Medicine Examinations of Nigerian and West African Postgraduate Medical Colleges as well as External Examiner to the Ghana Medical School, Korle Bu, Accra, Ghana; the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife; the University of Ibadan, University of Port-Harcourt and University of Jos.


The one-time Chief Examiner in Laboratory Medicine, West African Postgraduate Medical College (1995 – 1998) has also served as the Chairman of the Professional Ethics Committee, Lagos State Branch of Nigerian Medical Association (1992 - 1995); Chairman, Scholarship and Prizes Committee, College of Medicine (1996 -2000); Chairman, Faculty of Laboratory Medicine Nigerian Chapter and College Chapter WACP (1998 – 2002) among others.


Professor Elesha has participated in several local and international seminars, courses, workshops and conferences. He also enjoys membership of professional associations within and outside Nigeria. He is a member of the New York Academy of Science since 1996 and Chairman of the Learning Resources Committee, National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria.


The scholar who is happily married has over 50 publications to his credit. He is currently working on two research projects titled ‘Actiopathogenesis and Prognostic Factors of Prostatic Carcinoma’ and ‘Immunophenotyping of Colorectal Carcinoma’.

Posted on 10, Sep 2008
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