Dr. Liza OnifadeL
Dr Liza (Elizabeth) Urowayino Onifade(nee Okorodudu) - MBBS, DTM&H, FMCPaed, FRCPCH’s undergraduate medical education was at the prestigious College of Medicine, University of Lagos – student number 732! She bagged the National Award for her undergraduate training and qualified in 1978 with an MBBS.
She developed an interest in Paediatrics during her national youth corps year at the Nigerian Naval Hospital, Apapa, Lagos where she was part of the medical team looking after the newborns and older children of Naval personnel. Her core postgraduate training in paediatrics was at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital. In 1986 during the course of her training, she was awarded the John Holt Scholarship to proceed to the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, University of Liverpool for a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. She bagged a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H) at the end of the course. She was awarded the Fellowship of the Nigerian Postgraduate Medical College (FMCPaed) in 1992 on completion of her core paediatric training.
Dr Onifade’s areas of special interest in paediatrics include renal medicine, paediatric medical education, infant feeding, and food allergy. She is an International Society of Nephrology (ISN) Fellow. In 2000, she received the ISN fellowship award for paediatric renal training at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle Upon Tyne NHS Trust in the United Kingdom. This was followed later in 2004 by an International Society of Peritoneal Dialysis scholarship for dialysis training at the world renowned Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, also in the United Kingdom. Her focus thereafter was to ensure that junior colleagues consolidate their interest in paediatric nephrology.
She was a faculty member of the department of paediatrics of the College of Medicine, University of Lagos for several years. She began her academic career as Lecturer 1 in 1994 and retired as a senior lecturer in 2008. Through these years she was also honorary consultant paediatrician at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital. Dr Onifade has been a trainer of younger colleagues, medical students and paediatric nurses. She is well versed in research and has several publications in peer reviewed journals. She attends national and international conferences in the field of paediatrics and invests in continuous professional development, specifically attending several management and professional courses in Nigeria and the United Kingdom. She has been involved in the organization and execution of several paediatric update courses in Nigeria. She is certified in both Advanced Paediatric Life Support and Newborn Life Support.
She is currently on leave of absence in the United Kingdom where she works as Consultant paediatrician at the Friarage Hospital, South Tees NHS Hospitals Foundation Trust. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (FRCPCH). Her vacations are spent back home in Nigeria where she contributes to the vision of her founding colleagues in Lifeline for the Nigerian child.
Dr. Iyabo KudayahI
Dr. Kudayah is a Consultant Paediatrician and Joint Medical Director at Lifeline Children’s Hospital, She graduated from the Medical School of the University of Ibadan (MBBS) in 1981, and undertook her housemanship training at Lagos University Teaching Hospital . Following this, she worked at the Eko Hospital, Lagos (1983-1986) during which she received “The Best Doctor of the Year Award” for two consecutive years.
Her Postgraduate Residency Training in Paediatrics was at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital culminating in the award of the Fellowship of the National Postgraduate Medical College in Paediatrics FMC Paed. During her Paediatric training, she was awarded “Best Junior Resident of the year 1987”.
Dr. Kudayah's area of special interest is Paediatric Cardiology and she has publications in this field. She was an Associate Lecturer at the Department of Paediatrics, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital where she lectured on General Paediatrics and Paediatric Cardiology. She is also part-time Paediatric Consultant to Exxon Mobil, Nigeria, and has also work frequently as locum Paediatrician at Chevron Hospital Lagos.
She is a Cofounder and Joint Executive Director of a training and development company - Healthcare Capacity Development Company Ltd.
She has attended several Paediatric Courses, Workshops and Conferences both in Nigeria and in the UK and acted as a facilitator for workshops on child Health projects organized by WHO and UNICEF. Areas covered include advanced Paediatric Life Support, Neonatal Resuscitation, Paediatric and Neonatal Critical Care Transport, Child Protection, Cranial Ultrasonography, Echocardiography, Avian Influenza, Paediatric Nephrology, Neurodisability, Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive care, Asthma.
She is a member of several professional bodies and is a member of “Women In Business and Management In Nigeria”. She has attended various Management courses and has mentored several young female entrepreneurs.
She is on the Board of Directors of a Financial and Management Consulting Company as well as a Property Management Company.
Dr. Funlola Harold-SodipoF
Dr Harold-Sodipo graduated from the premier University of Ibadan Medical School in 1978. During her internship with the Lagos State Health Management board she developed an early interest in Paediatrics and proceeded to serving the nation during her National Youth Service year by working in the department of Paediatrics of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).
She returned to the Paediatric department of LUTH to join the residency training program to commence her formal training in paediatrics. During these years, she worked in various sub-specialities but with special interest in paediatric respiratory diseases, notably, asthma in childhood and tuberculosis infections in children.
She left LUTH in 1989 to work as a paediatrician in the private sector before collaborating with her three colleagues in 1994 to set up the first privately owned solely children’s hospital, Lifeline Children’s Hospital.
Dr Harold-Sodipo moved to the UK in 1998 and is currently working as a paediatrician with the West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, working across three hospital sites. She has gained invaluable experience in the management of children in the different sub- specialities.
Over the last 10 years, she has been one of two paediatricians looking after over 180 children and young people with diabetes, as part of a multidisciplinary team in the Trust. She has attended several courses and conferences on diabetes in children and has acquired invaluable clinical skills in the acute management of such children as well as in the long term management of the condition including use of continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion
Dr Harold-Sodipo has also developed a special interest in childhood allergies especially food allergies and eczema. She has attended various courses on the investigation and management of food allergies in children and is also now working towards a postgraduate diploma in Paediatric Allergy.
Dr Harold-Sodipo also has experience in the business sector and has in the past served as Vice-chairman of Agbara Estates Ltd.
Mrs. Eterebhe OduwoleE
Mrs. Eterebhe Theresa Oduwole is a registered nurse and midwife. She was trained in basic nursing at the School of Nursing, Specialist Hospital, Benin City from 1973 to 1976; midwifery at the School of Midwifery, Lagos University Teaching Hospital qualifying in 1981; and intensive care nursing at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) in 1984. She also obtained various qualifications in nursing administration at LUTH.
In a career spanning 17 years at LUTH, she was, staff nurse, nursing sister and matron of the neonatal department. She voluntarily retired from LUTH in 1994 to join Lifeline Children’s Hospital group as the pioneer Senior Matron in charge. At Lifeline, she is now the Health Services Manager. She was appointed to the board of the group in 2011.
Mrs. Oduwole has over 30 years experience in neonatology and paediatric nursing. As a senior matron, she headed various departments at LUTH. She was also involved in the World Health Organization’s surveillance programme for Acute Flaccid Paralysis in Lagos State in 2001. At Lifeline, she has attended several administrative courses on Human Resources Management, Team Building, Customer Care and others.
Mrs. Oduwole is an ordained reverend of Total Gospel Bible Church, Nigeria, where she co-pastors a church at Surulere, Lagos.