Isaac-Adewole.jpgIsaac Adewole, adjunct professor of medicine and a native of Nigeria, has been sworn in as the African country’s minister of health.

Formerly vice-chancellor of the University of Ibadan, the first medical school in Nigeria, Adewole has collaborated with faculty in Feinberg’s Center for Global Health on several studies supported by the National Institutes of Health. Since 2010, he has been a principal investigator of the Medical Education Partnership Initiative, a consortium that includes Feinberg that was developed to transform medical education at the six leading medical schools in Nigeria.

“My current assignment at the Federal Ministry of Health in Nigeria will not hinder my role at Northwestern University,” he said. “Rather, I will use my current position to strengthen collaboration between Northwestern and the Federal Ministry of Health as well as other affiliated institutions in Nigeria. My plan is to leverage on my long-term relationship with colleagues at Northwestern to support my vision of eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV infection in my country.”

Adewole has served as a physician and professor of obstetrics and gynecology for several decades in Nigeria. Through his research, he investigates methods for increasing cervical cancer screenings, decreasing unwanted pregnancies and eliminating pediatric HIV in his country.

To read more about Adewole's appointment, visit Feinberg's website.