Professor Kelsey Harrison is keynote speaker at ANPA’s 2011 Convention


Renowned Nigerian Professor of obstetrics and gynecology, and former Vice Chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt Professor Kelsey Harrison will deliver the keynote address at the 2011 Annual Meeting and Scientific Conference of the Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas (ANPA).

Titled “Sowing the Seeds of Safe Motherhood in Sub- Saharan Africa”, Professor Harrison’s lecture will be delivered on Thursday, July 7, 2011 at the Swissotel, Chicago.

Professor Harrison hails from Abonnema, Rivers State in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. He attended Government College, Umuahia and then medical school at University College, Ibadan and the University of London from 1951 to 1958. He trained as an obstetrician and gynecologist and joined the faculty of the University College Hospital, Ibadan in 1960. In 1972, he moved to the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he became the Head of Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

While in Zaria, Professor Harrison gained national and international reputation for his efforts to reduce maternal and child mortality in developing countries. He became a fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in 1973. He was awarded the honorary Doctor of Science (Medicine) of the University of London in 1988. Also he is a recipient of the prestigious Nigerian National Order of Merit.

Professor Harrisons’s prolific contribution to scientific literature is widely acclaimed. In 2006, he wrote an autobiography “An Arduous Climb: from the creeks of the Niger delta to a leading obstetrician and university vice chancellor”. The title of his keynote address is taken from his most recent book, in which he highlights some of his own research and scientific contributions that spanned several decades.

The ANPA Annual Scientific Convention is for members and other professionals who are interested in the mission of improving health care in developing countries. “During the 2010 convention, our Keynote Speaker and Managing Director of the World Bank, Professor Okonjo-Iweala challenged our organization to begin the hard work of providing policy input in Nigeria and collaborating with other Diaspora health professional organizations in the Americas”, ANPA president Dr. Fiemu Nwariaku.

(c)Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas(ANPA)

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