Newsletter: In Memoriam

Adekunle Dawodu, MBBS

Adekunle Dawodu, MBBS, passed away on Oct. 31, 2021. Born and raised in Ogun State, Nigeria, Dawodu obtained an MBBS degree from the University of Ibadan College of Medicine in 1968. He did his pediatric training in the UK and a neonatology fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s. He went on to lead pediatric programs in Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. His journey eventually led him back to Cincinnati Children’s, where he served as a professor of Pediatrics and director of the International Patient Care and Education Program. He retired and was appointed professor emeritus in

2018. That year, he was also named the first recipient of the Cincinnati Children’s Annual Adekunle Dawodu Global Health Champion Award for Excellence in Promoting Global Child Health Worldwide.

Dawodu is remembered by his colleagues as a gifted and outstanding teacher and clinician, as well as a neonatal pioneer in Nigeria.

His research interests were far and wide, but most recently, he concentrated on the study of Vitamin D and its impact on mothers and infants globally. He published over 100 articles, received multiple awards and was regarded worldwide as a subject matter expert in this area.

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