Oluyinka Olutoye – The surgeon with a difference


A surgeon who has made exceptional contributions to the art and science of surgery, Prof. Oluyinka Olutoye has without a doubt distinguished himself in the medical field.

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Prof. Oluyinka Olutoye

He is the Nigerian surgeon who led a team of doctors in the surgery that saved a foetus from a life threatening tumour in 2016. The team brought the baby out of the womb at 23 weeks old and removed a large tumor (Sacrococcygeal Teratoma) growing on her tail bone, after which they return the foetus to its mother’s womb to complete the full gestation period of 9 months.

In February 2015, he was one out of three Nigerian medical doctors among a team that successfully separated conjoined twins in a surgery that made the headlines in the American media and the world. The twins, Knatalye Hope and Adeline Faith Mata, were successfully separated on February 17 and 18. He and his colleagues have since been and are still being celebrated.

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Olutoye has also been bestowed with the winner of the 2008 Great Ife Alumni Award for Excellence in the Sciences category in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the area of human fetal surgery, and exceptional contributions to his chosen career of Medicine. Automatically he has been inducted into the Great Ife Alumni Hall of Distinction.

His other awards and honours include; Best Doctors in America, Who’s Who in America, Houston’s Top Docs for Kids, H Texas Magazine, 2007, Academy of Distinguished Educators, Baylor College of Medicine, Molecular Surgeon Research Achievement Award, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery.

As a general pediatric surgeon, a product of Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile Ife Nigeria, Dr. Olutoye graduated in 1988 with a M.B.Ch.B honours degree. He was the Valedictorian, in his graduating Class at the Obafemi Awolowo University Medical School.

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He obtained his PhD in anatomy from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. in 1996. Afterwards he went on to finish his residency in general surgery at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals, Virginia Commonwealth University. He did not stop there but went on to achieve a fellowship in pediatric surgery at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine in Philadelphia.




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