Dr. Adekunle Adekile, Professor and Chairman, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Kuwait University
Dr. Adekile graduated from University of Ibadan Medical School, Ibadan Nigeria and had his Pediatric Residency Training at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife Nigeria. He had his post-doctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Hematology in Howard University Hospital in 1980-1981 during which time, he worked at the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center under Drs. Roland Scott and Oswaldo Castro. He established a sickle cell clinic in the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital on his return to Nigeria in 1981.
In 1990 he was the recipient of the Forgarty International Fellowship which took him to the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Ga, USA where he worked in Dr. Titus Huisman’s laboratory and the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center. Dr. Adekile moved to Kuwait in 1993 where, in addition to other responsibilities, he looks after sickle cell patients in the country.
Dr. Adekile also runs a research laboratory in his department where he is currently Professor and Chairman. He has a unique perspective on sickle cell disease, having looked after and conducted research on three continents.
He has a PhD in Cell Biology from the University of Maastricht, Netherlands based on comparative studies of Nigerian and Kuwaiti SCD patients. His expertise is on phenotypic variability of the disease and he is an authority on the presentation among patients with the Arab/India haplotype and elevated Hb F. He is also intimately involved with the Nigerian Sickle Cell Disease Network which was recently established.