DEPARTMENT OF PATHOLOGY AND FORENSIC MEDICINE

Dr. B. A. ABIMKU
Head of Department, Department of Pathology and Forensic Medicine.
College of Health Sciences, University of Abuja.

BRIEF HISTORY OF THE DEPARTMENT & HOD’S WELCOME ADDRESS
The department started as one of the departments in the Faculty of Basic Clinical Sciences in the Main Campus with Professor EJC Nwana as the pioneer Head of Department. He served from January 2008 to February 2014. He was succeeded by Dr OP Oluwole who served from February 2014 to July 2017. I was appointed as the Head of Department on 20th July, 2017 for initial tenure of two years.

The Department is one of the Clinical Departments in the Faculty of Basic Clinical Sciences of the College of Health Sciences, charged with the responsibility of teaching Pathology to Medical Students from 400 through 400 & 500 Levels in 3 Block postings. The Department gives lectures to Medical Students alongside other departments in the Faculty of Basic Clinical Sciences.

The teaching involves lectures on General & Systemic Pathology, Forensic Medicine, practical demonstrations of gross specimens & histological slides and seminar presentation by Students. There are Continuous Assessment tests in-between lectures and examination at the end of the course as a composite examination (along with other 3 laboratory Medicine departments).

BIOGRAPHY OF THE HEAD OF DEPARTMENT
I was appointed as the Acting Head of Department on 20th July, 2017 and my brief is as follow:

I was born in 1960 in Mada Station of Nasarawa Eggon LGA, Nasarawa State. I started my early Education in 1967 in Mada Station and attended the famous Govt Sec School, Kuru, near Jos for my O/L. I attended University of Maiduguri and qualified as a Medical Doctor in 1985. Thereafter, I did my postgraduate Residency training and was awarded a Fellow of the Medical College in Pathology (FMCPath) of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria in 1994.

I worked as a Lecturer I /Consultant Pathologist with University of Maiduguri and University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital respectively from 1996-1998 where I transferred my service to University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (then Gwagwalada Specialist Hospital as Senior Consultant/Consultant Special Grade II) in 1999. I was later appointed the Medical Director of Federal Medical Centre (a Federal Tertiary Health Institution), Keffi, Nasarawa State (2002-2010) and served as Commissioner of Health in Nasarawa State (2010-2011). I joined the services of University of Abuja as a Senior Lecturer in November, 2015 and also serving as a Consultant Pathologist to University of Abuja Teaching Hospital.

I belong to many Professional Associations including Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Medical and Dental Consultants’ Association of Nigeria (MDCAN), College of Nigerian Pathologists (CNP), Nigerian Institute of Management (MNIM), West African Division of the International Academy of Pathology (WADIAP), African Organization for Training and Research in Cancer (AORTIC) and a Fellow of the International College of Surgeons (FICS). I have a couple of publications in peer reviewed journals.I am married with Children.

VISION
The vision of the department is the overall vision of the College of Health Sciences which is to provide an array of national, regional and international opportunities for higher education in Medicine, focussed and applied research in an environment that fosters problems-based learning, discovery, creativity, and community engagement.

The main goal of the department is to produce excellent students in pathology for good clinical practice. It is also to stimulate their interest to taking Pathology as an area of specialization after graduation as Medical doctors.

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Currently the department is involved in the following researches:

  1. Partner, in Development, Evaluation and implementation of a Pan-African Cancer Research Network: Men of African Descent and Cancer of the Prostate (MADCAP)
  2. Partner in African Research Group for Oncology (ARGO), part of National Cancer Institute (NCI) approved Colorectal Cancer Consortium
  3. Immunohistochemical expression of BRCA1 and BRCA2 in histologically diagnosed breast cancers in University of Abuja Teaching Hospital – FMCPath Dissertation
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