Dr. Akinwumi I. N

Dr. Ijeoma Nnenna (Diaku) Akinwumi obtained an M.B, B.S from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria in 1992, received specialist training in Paediatrics at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital and was the West African Research Fellow at the Medical Research Laboratories, The Gambia, West Africa, from January to December 2003. Dr. Akinwumi received a Fellowship of the Faculty of Paediatrics of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria dissertation in 2006. In 2010 she was a Visiting Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health of the United Kingdom. She was certified as a sickle cell disease counsellor in 2012 and obtained an MSc in Haemoglobinopathy from the University College London in 2013.

Dr. Akinwumi was employed on August 13, 2007 and is Lead Paediatrician, Paediatric Haematology, Oncology and Infectious disease unit and is in charge of the paediatric sickle cell clinic. She is a lecturer in the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health of the affiliate Lagos State University College of Medicine.

She has led teams of doctors, offering specialist care for childhood cancers, HIV and an ever growing paediatric sickle cell clinic population (currently over 1,000 children). She has established stroke risk screening and transition to adult care for her patients. Dr. Akinwumi has authored many publications, updates her practice by participation in local and international conferences and workshops, at some of which she has presented papers. She has supervised many postgraduate dissertations in the field of sickle cell disease for fellowship in Paediatrics. She is an examiner in the Faculty of Paediatrics, National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria.

Dr. Akinwumi builds capacity of doctors, paediatric sickle cell disease patients and their families to improve disease outcome by anticipatory, prompt and appropriate intervention at community level. She is currently leading the Nigerian sickle cell disease Transition study group aimed at improving and standardising transition to adult centred sickle cell disease care. She is a member of many professional bodies, Nigerian Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases (NISPID), Nigerian Society for Paediatric Oncology (NISPO) and the Sickle Cell Support Society of Nigeria (SCSSN) among others.

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