Abideen Olurotimi Salako , MBBS, FWACP

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Dr. Abideen Salako has a passion for unravelling the mystery of human complexity. He grew up in a low-middle income community in Nigeria where infection with malaria, typhoid, and other infectious diseases was the norm. He wanted to dedicate his career to understanding the interplay between different human body components with respect to their function. He has found a career in medicine and research to be both thrilling and perplexing. In addition to his fascination with the complexities of the human body, he was also drawn to this work by the prospect of lifelong learning.

Dr. Salako earned his medical degree in 2007 from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology in Oyo State, Nigeria. After completing his internship at Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, he moved onto residency training in pediatrics at the foremost Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Lagos; this experience motivated him to undergo a clinical fellowship training in pediatric hematology and oncology as a subspecialty at Tata Medical Center in Kolkata, India. During his residency and fellowship training, he was involved in the care of children with sickle cell disease, hematological diseases, childhood cancer, HIV, and Tuberculosis, among other childhood illness. In 2017, he received the distinction of Fellow of the West African College of Physicians.

Dr. Salako is a Consultant Paediatrician (Haematology/Oncology) and Research Fellow at the Clinical Sciences Department of the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research, the foremost and oldest research Institution in Nigeria; the institution conducts research into diseases of public health importance, builds capacity, and promotes and supports services to strengthen the health systems. He also acts as the Director of the Centre for Excellence in Children and Adolescent Health Research where he is responsible for the promotion of the well-being of children through evidence-based research. He has keen research interests in sickle cell disease, pediatric oncology and pediatric hematology.

I strongly believe that the Master of Science in Global Child Health programme at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, a reputable institution at the forefront of paediatric child health, including childhood cancer, will greatly assist me to execute impact-changing research and also equip me to provide leadership, mentoring and training to young paediatricians and public health scientists in Nigeria and globally. This platform will afford me a veritable platform to express myself and to make a positive impact on the issue of childhood acute and chronic illness including sickle cell anaemia and childhood cancer.”

Hometown: Otta, Ogun State, Nigeria


MBBS – Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Oyo State, Nigeria (2007)

Clinical Fellowship – Tata Medical Center, Kolkata, India (2016)


Aworanti OW, Akingbola TS, Adeomi A, et al. Plasma L-Arginine in Sickle Cell Anaemia Patients in Crises and its Correlation with Markers of Severity of Disease. West Afr J Med. 38(4):366-373, 2021.

Chukwu EE, Oshun PO, Osuolale KA, et al. Antimicrobial stewardship programmes in healthcare facilities in Lagos State, Nigeria: a needs assessment [published online ahead of print, 2021 Apr 1]. J Glob Antimicrob Resist. 25:162-170, 2021.

Salako A, Aworanti O, Okoli C, et al. Pattern and Severity of Vaso Occlusive Crisis in Paediatric Sickle Cell Anaemia Patients. Acad J Ped Neonatol. 9(5): 555828, 2020.

Salako AO, Amoo OS, Odubela OO, et al. Prevalence and Clinical Characteristics of Coronavirus Disease 2019 Seen at a Testing Centre in Lagos Nigeria. West Afr J Med. 38(1):54-58, 2021.

Lawal MA, Adeniyi OF, Akintan PE, et al. Prevalence of and risk factors for hepatitis B and C viral co-infections in HIV infected children in Lagos, Nigeria. PLoS One. 15(12):e0243656, 2020.

David A, Odubela O, Salako A, et al. Mapping and characterization of Ijede community - semi-urban population in Ikorodu Local Government Area of Lagos, Nigeria. J Public Health Epidemiol.. Vol. 12(4), pp. 296-304, 2020.

Salako A, Odubela O, Musari-Martins T, et al. Evaluating the Preparedness of Child Health Facilities and Health Care Providers to COVID 19 Pandemic. European Journal of Preventive Medicine. 8(5): 91-96, 2020.

David A, Salako A, Gbaja-Biamila T, et al. Paediatric HIV treatment outcome in Lagos: The Nigerian Institute of Medical Research experience. Trends Res. Volume 3: 2-5, 2020.

Salako A, Ogunmefun S, and Aworanti O. Cutaneous Side Effect of Hydroxyurea in Sickle cell Anaemia Child-A Case Report. International Journal of Medical and Pharmaceutical Case Report.12(1):1-6, 2019

David A, Wapmuk A, Okwuzu, JO, et al. Prevalence and Pattern of Intestinal Parasitic Infestations among HIV Infected Children in Lagos, Nigeria. J Biosci Med, 8, 58-67, 2020

David A, Gbaja-Biamila T, Odubela O, et al. Prevalence of hypertension among adolescents living with human immunodeficiency virus in Lagos, Nigeria. Edorium J Pediatr, 2020.

Salako A, Aworanti O, Opaneye B, et al. Pattern of Childhood Morbidity in a Private Paediatric Centre in Lagos Nigeria. Saudi Journal of Nursing and Health Care. 2(8):276-283, 2019