Nigerian Physician Becomes 1st Black Chair Of US Cardiovascular Disease Board

by Bamidele Ogunberu Posted on July 28th, 2017

For the first time in it’s eighty one year history, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) has appointed a Nigerian Physician, Olakunle Akinboboye MD, as the chair of the 12 member cardiovascular disease board. The board under Doctor Akinboboye is responsible for certifying all deserving cardiologists in the United States. It also carries out periodic knowledge assessments of all practising cardiologists in the US.

Commenting on his appointment, Olakunle Akinboboye MD said he is;

“proud to have the opportunity to chair this very important Board. Unfortunately I am taking over the mantle of leadership at a point in time in which many cardiologists are openly revolting because of what they perceive as high handedness of the board over the years.”

Olakunle Akinboboye MD said his goal as the board chair is “to work with other board members to come up with assessments for practicing cardiologists that are fair, and not unduly burdensome”.

Richard Baron, president and CEO of ABIM, via a press release, welcomed the new chair on behalf of the board.

He said, “we are honored to have Dr. Berns, Dr. Akinboboye and Dr. Udden—three highly regarded physicians with significant clinical experience to serve the community in their disciplines and across specialties to offer more choice, relevance and convenience as they help to set the standards for excellent patient care”.

Here are a few things to note about the doctor.

Olakunle Akinboboye MD:

Akinboboye received his medical degree from the College of Medicine at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and later finished his internal medicine residency and part of his cardiology fellowship at the Nassau County Medical Center, State University of Stony Brook.

He has masters degrees in public health from Columbia University and business administration from Columbia Business School.

He completed his fellowship in cardiology with two years of dedicated training in nuclear cardiology and advanced echocardiography, when he moved to Columbia University.

Certified in cardiovascular disease, hypertension and sleep medicine, this won’t be his first board appointment. Akinboboye serves as chair of the clinical trials committee of the organisation and also on the international board of governors of the American college of cardiology as the liaison for Africa.

He is an associate professor of clinical medicine at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York, the medical director of Queens Heart Institute/Laurelton Heart specialist in Rosedale, Queens, New York and a past-president of the National Association of Black Cardiologists’ (ABC).

Olakunle Akinboboye MD won an award for “exemplary professional services and outstanding contributions to cardiovascular medicine” while serving as president of the Ibadan College of Medicine alumni association, North America, between 2004-2005.

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