Head of Department, Department of Ophthalmology.
Faculty of Basic Clinical Sciences, College of Health Sciences, University of Abuja.

You are welcome to The Department of Ophthalmology, one of the foundation Departments of the College of Health Sciences (CHS), University of Abuja, Abuja, Nigeria. It is housed in the Faculty of Clinical Sciences Building, Uniabuja Medical Campus, adjacent to University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH), Gwagwalada, Abuja.Ophthalmology is one of the Clinical Academic Departments of University of Abuja. It is a branch of Medicine that studies eye, its conditions, its associations and managements. The management mainly includes medical, optical and surgical options. Our mandate includes teaching/training, conduct of relevant research and service to humanity.The Department is actively involved in MBBS &Ophthalmology Fellowship training. It hopes to offer other higher degrees in Ophthalmology.

Abdulkabir Adeyinka Ayansiji Ayanniyi; Physician, Ophthalmologist, Researcher, Teacher, Ethicist, Professor and Head of Ophthalmology, University of Abuja and University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH) MBBS Ibadan, FMCOph (Nigeria), PGDE (UDUS), MA (Keele). Outstanding, received many academic prizes/scholarship  and served variously as class monitor and senior prefect at both elementary and secondary schools.

Abdulkabir had medical education (MBBS) at the Nigeria’s premier University of Ibadan (1989-1997) where he was a group captain of class 97 and variously served as Coordinator, Director of Studies, and Naibul- Amir of Muslim Medical/Health Students Association.

He was a House Officer at the State Hospital Osogbo, State of Osun and Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Owo, Ondo State (1997/98). He received award for the Best Pioneer House Officer at FMC, Owo (1998). Subsequently, he served as a youth corps’ Medical Officer both at Regina Caeli Hospital and Police Clinic, Awka, Anambra State (1998/99). He received the National Youth Service Corps letter of commendation for meritorious service year and the Anambra State Award for an excellent service to the state. He was Medical Officer I in Paediatrics, FMC, Owo, (1999 – 2001) and passed Primary in Ophthalmology, Postgraduate Medical Colleges (National and West Africa). He had residency training at University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), (2001- 2007).

He was formerly Consultant Ophthalmologist, Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti (2008) and later, lecturer I, University of Abuja, Abuja, Nigeria (2009). In 2010, the University of Abuja recognized his contributions to knowledge and accelerated his promotion to Senior Lecturer. He was promoted Associate Professor of Ophthalmology in 2014 and Professor 2017.

He had Postgraduate Diploma in Education (2012) and registered by the Teachers’ Council of Nigeria in 2015. He completed Master degree (MA) in Medical Ethics and Law (2015) at Keele University, Staffordshire UK having received Tetfund award and support from the University of Abuja.

Abdulkabir is a member Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Ophthalmological Society of Nigeria (OSN), Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Medical and Dental Consultant Association of Nigeria (MDCAN) among others.

He teaches undergraduate and Postgraduate Ophthalmology at the University of Abuja and UATH. Also, he teaches Medical Ethics and Law (MPH 813) module to MPH students at the University of Abuja. He is a mentor to a number of budding researchers. He publishes in and reviews works for many peer reviewed biomedical and educational journals globally and has presented papers at local and international conferences. He was formerly Ophthalmic Residency Training Coordinator and member Theatre Users Committee at UATH. He is a member Health Research Ethics Committee and an Assistant Editor, New Nigerian Journal of Clinical Research, UATH. He represents College of Health Sciences on Uniabuja TETFund Committee and is a Medical Students’ Hostel Adviser, University of Abuja, Nigeria. He coordinates quarterly Continue Medical Education for the Ophthalmological Society of Nigeria, Abuja.

Abdulkabir has clinical experience across Nigeria including free to patients Health Missions. He has been an Honorary Consultant Ophthalmologist to UATH, Gwagwalada, since April 2012. He has participated in eye health education on mass media, eye health movies and SightEd creating awareness (health education) among the public on how to prevent blindness from cataract, glaucoma and eye injuries. He likes truth-telling, traveling, sightseeing, browsing and halal foods. He is married and blessed with children. He performed Hajj in 2007.

The Department of Ophthalmology is one of the foundation Departments of Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Health Sciences (CHS), University of Abuja, Abuja, Nigeria. The foundation first two Lecturers, Drs Fatima Kyari and Abdulkabir Ayanniyi, in the Department of Ophthalmology were recruited through a competitive interview conducted in April 2008. Dr. Fatima Kyari was the Acting Head of Ophthalmology (HOD) from September 2008 till when she proceeded for further study abroad in September 2009. Henceforth Dr. Abdulkabir Ayanniyi coordinated the affairs of the Department of Ophthalmology. He was formally appointed Acting Head of Ophthalmology in July 2010 and served in that capacity till September 24, 2014 when he proceeded for Masters in Medical Ethics and Law at Keele University, Staffordshire, UK (September 2014 –August 2015). Dr. Rilwan Chiroma Muhammad joined Ophthalmology Department in September 2014 and was appointed Acting HOD in July 2015 till July 2017. Dr. RC Muhammad had one year Fellowship Training in Paediatric Ophthalmology (August 2017 – July 2018) in India and was promoted Senior Lecturer October 2017. Dr. AA Ayanniyi has been reappointed HOD Ophthalmology, since August 2017 and appointed a Professor of Ophthalmology since October 2017.

The Department of Ophthalmology actively delivers MBBS medical education and the first three sets of MBBS students successfully had clinical Ophthalmology Posting including the first set of 18 students in 2015, the second set of 31 students in 2016 and the third set of 45 students in 2017. The University of Abuja has graduated its first three sets of Medical Doctors and MBBS programme is on course.

Our vision is to produce through medical education, medics who can deliver within the limits of appropriate medical degree certificate (MBBS, MD etc.), quality eye health services to humanity particularly Nigerians.

To educate Medical Students through contemporary/available medical education delivery methods including among others lectures, clinics, ward rounds, tutorials, seminars, theatre sessions on Preventive and Interventional Ophthalmology relevant to the delivery of basic ophthalmic or eye care services.

Specific Objectives
i. To educate Medical Students (MS) on basic but relevant theoretical Ophthalmology.
ii. To educate MS on basic clerkship, examinations and investigations in Ophthalmology through observation and practice.
iii. To educate MS on management of common eye conditions in humans particularly in the tropics through clinics, ward and theatre routes.
iv. To educate MS on relevant and essential eye instruments and ensure their use through practical demonstrations, observation and supervised performance.
v. To encourage communication, use of ophthalmic jargons, team spirit through interaction and feedback/questions and answers during contact.
vi. To stimulate and inculcate medical ethos in MS
vii. To determine medics eye care services behavioural change through objective tests/examination during contact/eye care services posting.

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