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OSINOWO, Dr Sylvester : WONCA Africa region President 2010-2013


Dr Sylvester Adetola Osinowo MBBS (IB), FAGP (HON), PGD.CERT.VEN (USA), MAAFP (USA), MAVDA (USA), DMP (HON) comes from the south-west region of Nigeria and took over as President of WONCA Africa Region in Cancun, in May 2010. He was sponsored for this position, as a consensus candidate, from the three WONCA Member Organisations of Nigeria.He studied medicine at the University of Ibadan, in Oyo State, Nigeria, and has Postgraduate Qualifications in Venerology, from the USA. He is a member of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Association of General and Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (AGPMPN), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), American Venereal Disease Association (AVDA) and WONCA.

Dr Osinowo has had a varied medical career which includes as Medical Director and co-proprietor, Union Group Hospital Multilateral Practice (1979-1996) and as proprietor and Medical Director- Amazing Grace Medical Ltd Ikeja Lagos (1996 till date). He has also worked for two years in the USA.

He has a strong involvement in a variety of medical organisations, including as an active Member of the Association of General Practitioners of Nigeria, since 1981. He has served on committees of the Nigeria Medical Association (Lagos State) and Association of General and Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (AGPMPN). He has assumed numerous roles for the AGPMPN, including Vice Chairman (2000-02) and then Chairman; Lagos State & Member of National Executive Council (2002-2004); and Chairman, Publicity Committee National Conference of AGPMPN in Lagos (2000).

Dr Osinowo has received distinguished recognition through the awards of Fellow of the Association of General and Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (1998), Distinguished Medical Practitioners of Nigeria (2005), Merit Awardee AGPMPN Lagos (2009).

Dr Osinowo previously served on WONCA Council as the Nigerian representative (January 2003- July 2005). During this time he articulated an inspirational plan for Nigerian Family doctors to participate in the joint WONCA/ AAFP International conference in Orlando (2004), with the outcome that 300 Nigerian doctors were in attendance and 100 became direct members of WONCA at the meeting.

Dr Osinowo has served on the boards of a number of organisations, including the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) which regulates training and registers over two thousand Nigerian doctors annually, including expatriate Doctors working in Nigeria. He has also served on a variety of committees, for example, the Investigating Committee of MDCN, Finance and General Purposes Committee, Ad-hoc Committee Prescription Right.

He has also been one of a 15 member Medical Advisory Committee to the Governor of Lagos State assigned to advise and train personnel, monitoring private and public health institutions and infrastructure capacity buildings.

He was appointed by federal Government of Nigeria into the Board of Management of the premier University Teaching Hospital, University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria. Also, he serves as a member of the Court of Governors of the University of Ibadan College of Medicine, the Governing Council of the Premier College of Medicine. He also serves as a member of the Trustee of Endowment of College of Medicine, Ibadan and University College Hospital, Ibadan. He is a serving member on three other standing committees of the University College Teaching Hospital, Ibadan.

He is the Chairman of the Board of St Joseph’s Catholic General Hospital (Oke-Agbo, Ijebu-Igbo, Ijebu-Ode Diocese of Nigeria) and St Timothy’s Catholic Medical Center, Lagos.

Away from medicine, 'Tola' as he is known, is an elder Rotarian for over two and half decades and a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Foundation. He is also an active member of his local Pastoral Council. He enjoys table tennis, tennis, football and swimming. He has a passion for seeing the world and is very well travelled, having visited five continents. A lover of jazz music; he collects jazz albums. He speaks English, some French, and his local tongue, Yoruba. His wife is Veronica and they have four children. Kathyrine, Charles, Richard and Sylvester (Jnr).