The Oasis Reporters
August 22, 2017
A Nigerian, Olakunle Akinboboye, MD, has been appointed as chair of the ABIM Cardiovascular Board by The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM).
Nigeria over the years has been losing highly skilled medical practitioners to the outside world, while the citizenry suffer.
This makes it the first time the body would have a black Chair of the Cardiovascular Disease Board.
The Cardiovascular Board of the 81 year old ABIM, which comprises 12 members from all over the country, is charged with certifying all deserving cardiologists in the United States and charged with the responsibility of conducting, certifying examination for all trainees in cardiology nationwide and also carrying out periodic knowledge assessments of all practicing cardiologists in the United States. It is one of the specialty boards of the ABIM.
ABIM’s specialty boards are where the frontline work, at the discipline-specific level is done with the roles to define, refine and set standards, perform oversight assessment, build partnerships and is also responsible for the broad definition of their discipline across certification and maintenance of certification.
Dr. Akinboboye is certified in cardiovascular disease, hypertension and sleep medicine, an associate professor of clinical medicine at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York. He is also the medical director of Queens Heart Institute/Laurelton Heart specialist in Rosedale, Queens, New York.
A past-president of the National Association of Black Cardiologists’ (ABC), Akinboboye also serves as Chair of the Clinical Trials Committee of the organization, He also serves on the International Board of Governors of the American College of Cardiology as the liaison for Africa.
Akinboboye comes to the Cardiovascular Board chair with a strong pedigree. He received his medical degree from the College of Medicine at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and later completed his internal medicine residency and part of his cardiology fellowship at the Nassau County Medical Centre, State University of Stony Brook.
He subsequently moved to Columbia University, where he completed his fellowship in cardiology with two years of dedicated training in nuclear cardiology and advanced echocardiography. He obtained a master’s degree in Public Health from Columbia University and also a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Columbia Business School.
Commenting on his appointment to the cardiovascular board chair, Akinboboye said that he is “proud to have the opportunity to chair this very important Board.”
“Unfortunately I am taking over the mantle of leadership at a point in time in which many cardiologists are openly revolting because of what they perceive as high handedness of the board over the years.”
With this in mind, Akinboboye indicated that his goal as the board chair is, “to work with other board members to come up with assessments for practicing cardiologists that are fair, and not unduly burdensome.”
According to a press release by Ricahrd J. Baron, MD President and CEO of ABIM, “we are honoured to have Dr. Berns, Dr. Akinboboye and Dr. Udden—three highly regarded physicians with significant clinical experience to serve the community in their disciplines and across specialties to offer more choice, relevance and convenience as they help to set the standards for excellent patient care.”
Also, the Ibadan College of Medicine Alumni Association, North America, where Akinboboye also served as president between 2004-2005 marked his appointment with an award for “exemplary professional services and outstanding contributions to cardiovascular medicine.”
Dr. Akinboboye is amongst over 25,000 medical specialists that left Nigeria to the USA since 1984, when the brutality of the military regimes made working conditions a nightmare for practicing doctors who foreign countries are celebrating today, while the Nigerian rich go abroad for simple medical checks and treatment.