Prof. Isaac Adewole


Prof. Isaac F. Adewole is the immediate past Minister of Health, Nigeria; former Vice Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Nigeria; and former President of Africa Organisation for Research and Training in Cancer. He is the co-founder of the African Cancer Coalition and a member of the International Taskforce on Elimination of Cervical Cancer in the Commonwealth. He has authored more than 230 publications on topics such as cervical cancer, sexual and reproductive health and rights, abortion, HIV and Human Papillomavirus. He was a Commissioner on the WHO High Level Commission on NCD (2018-2019). He is also a member UNESCO/UNFPA sponsored High Level Committee on West and Central Africa (WCA) Commitment for educated, healthy and thriving adolescents and young people. Currently, he is involved with reviewing the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Harmonized       Cancer Treatment Guidelines for Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as serving on the Lancet Oncology Cancer Control in Sub-Sahara Africa Commission and Lancet Commission on Cancer and Health systems.

He  is a Professor at the College of Medicine of the University of Ibadan, Nigeria since 1997 and currently a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at the University College Hospital (UCH) in Ibadan.  He is also an adjunct Professor at Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois, USA. He has attended over 250 national and international scientific conferences and workshops.  He is the Guttmacher Institute’s 2008 Bixby Leadership Fellow in Reproductive Health, and the former Chair of the sub-Saharan African Cervical Cancer Working Group (CCWG).  He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the IPPF, Chair of the Governing Board of the SEMA-Reproductive Health and University of Osun Teaching Hospital Management Board. He is a Patron of the Boys Brigade of Nigeria. He was awarded the Order of Rising Star, Gold and Silver Star of Japan by Emperor Naruhito in recognition of his performance as Minister of health and for promoting closer Japanese-Nigerian relationship in 2020. Professor Adewole is happily married with children and has grandchildren.