A Nigerian medical doctor Oluyinka Olutoye has been appointed as the surgeon-in-chief at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Ohio, one of the largest and most comprehensive paediatric hospitals and research institutes in the United States.
Dr. Olutoye will lead one of the largest children’s hospital surgery departments in the world.
Dr. Olutoye, who assumed the role on August 1st, will also serve as professor and the E. Thomas Boles chair of pediatric surgery at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, also in Columbus.
Dr. Olutoye previously was co-director of the fetal center and immediate past president of the medical staff at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. He also was a tenured professor of surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, and pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, also in Houston.
He is a past president of the International Fetal Medicine and Surgery Society and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
“We are tremendously delighted to welcome Dr. Olutoye to Nationwide Children’s Hospital to further elevate the visibility and reputation of one of the best overall children’s surgical programs in the country that, through its clinical care and research, is forging the future of children’s surgery,” said Richard J. Brilli, MD, chief medical officer at Nationwide Children’s. “Having a world-renowned fetal and pediatric surgeon join our leadership team will further advance Nationwide Children’s commitment to establishing a preeminent fetal surgery program.”
Dr. Olutoye received his medical degree from Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Nigeria, and earned his PhD in anatomy from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. He completed his residency in general surgery at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals, Virginia Commonwealth University, and his fellowships in pediatric and fetal surgery at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in Philadelphia, PA.
In 2017, Dr. Olutoye led a team of surgeons in carrying out the successful operation on a 23-week-old foetus who had a tumour. The baby named Lynlee Hope was removed from her mother’s womb, operated on and then returned to the womb where the injuries from her operation healed and she continued to grow until she was born again at 36 weeks.
The operation lasted for nearly five hours, but the doctors were working against time because most of the time is spent opening the uterus, and they didn’t want the mom’s health to be jeopardized. They worked carefully, both making the incision and sewing it up in order to make that uterus be as sealed and as water tight as possible.