By Adibe Emenyonu in Benin City
The federal government has approved the appointment of Dr. Darlington Obaseki as the substantive Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH).
The appointment, which is for a four-year tenure was contained in a letter signed by the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole which takes effect from August 17, 2017.
Obaseki was born in 1968, and attended Asoro Grammar School, Benin City, where he obtained his West African School Certificate (WASC). He later proceeded to the University of Benin for his M.B.B.S and a Fellow of Medical College of Pathology.
He has held various positions which include, Head, Department of Pathology; Coordinator, UBTH Cancer Registry; Assistant Secretary, Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria; Secretary, Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria; Deputy Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee; Coordinator/Director, Cancer Registry, UBTH; and Special Adviser on Sports, School of Medicine, UBTH.
Obaseki also has to his credit, numerous scientific publications and international journals. Besides, he is also a member of learned societies which include Nigeria Medical Association, Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria, Society of Gastroenterology and Pathology in Nigeria, West Africa Division of the International Association of Pathologists and Society of Cancer Research of Nigeria.
Until his appointment, Obaseki was the Acting Chief Medical Director and as Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology of University of Benin.