Nigerian doctors have achieved great feats in Nigeria and abroad. This article will tell you about four of famous Nigerian doctors who have been recognized for bravery, integrity and clinical excellence.

  1. Professor Babatunde Oshotimehin

Professor Oshotimehin, a former Minister of Health in Nigeria and Executive Director of the United Nations Food and Population Fund (UNFP) was an Under-Secretary General of the United Nations until his death.

After his medical studies at the University of Ibadan, he received a doctorate in medicine from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, in 1979. Dr.Osotimehin was a former Provost of the College of Medicine at the University of Ibadan.

His commitment gave opportunities to serve as chair and member of several academic and health organisations.

He served as the Director-General of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA). As chairman of NACA, he oversaw the development of systems that, today, manage more than US$1billion.

  1. Dr. Oluyemi Badero

A top Nigerian cardiologist based in New York, has been named among the top interventional cardiologists in the United States, according to a prominent rating organization for the medical profession here.

Castle Connolly, the organization which publishes an a leading annual publication of distinguished US doctors has listed Badero among the top US doctors based in the New York metro area which includes New York, New Jersey and Connecticut states.

The publication which is the 15th edition and dated 2012 was released recently, reporting that Badero, who earlier had been named among top US cardiologists, is one of the interventional cardiologists to reckon with in the US. Interventional Cardiology is deemed a rarefied specialty in medical practice, and fewer African-Americans and blacks are qualified in that field.


  1. Dr Stella Ameyo Adadevoh:

At the age of 24, Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh graduated from the college of medicine from the University of Lagos. She subsequently completed her Fellowship in Endocrinology at Hammersmith Hospital of the imperial college in London.

On return, she joined and served at a family clinic First Consultants Medical Centre in Obalende, Lagos, Nigeria. She worked for twenty- one years and rose to become the Lead Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist.

It was at this facility that the first case of Ebola in Nigeria was discovered by Dr. Ameyo whose diligence and bravery stopped its major outbreak in Nigeria in 2014, at the cost of her own life


  1. Dr. Salamat Ahuoiza Aliu:

She is a 37-year-old neuro-surgeon at National Hospital, Abuja. The first indigenously trained female neuro-surgeon in Nigeria, and also the first female to be a certified neuro-surgeon in West Africa.

Mrs Aliu, who hails from Okenne Local Government Area of Kogi State, was born in Ilorin, Kwara State, where she had most of her education up to the university level.

In 2016, she was listed in the top 100 persons of the year by Arewa socio-political group.

Source: Wikipedia

Related Article: Famous women in medicine

About Flying Doctors Nigeria

The Flying Doctors Nigeria is a member of the British Safety Council that specializes in providing medical solutions such as air ambulance and medical evacuation, ground ambulance procurement and leasing, remote medical services such a medical staffing, clinic set-up, site clinic management, occupational health, medical evacuation insurance, and other health consultancy services for the oil & gas industry as well as other corporate, military and non-governmental organizations across Africa.

To purchase your first aid kits, defibrillators or participate in one of our first aid courses, please download our equipment catalog HERE and contact us at