Dr. Adekunle D. Adekile

Dr. Adekunle D. Adekile
Professor of Pediatric Hematology
Department of Pediatrics
Faculty of Medicine
Kuwait University

Dr. Adekunle Adekile, Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Kuwait University

Dr. Adekile graduated from University of Ibadan Medical School, Ibadan Nigeria and had his Pediatric Residency Training at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife Nigeria.  He had his post-doctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Hematology in Howard University Hospital, Washington, DC, USA, in 1980-1981 during which time, he worked at the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center under Drs. Roland Scott and Oswaldo Castro. He established a sickle cell clinic in the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital on his return to Nigeria in 1981.

In 1990 he was the recipient of the Forarty International Fellowship which took him to the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Ga, USA where he worked in Dr. Titus Huisman’s laboratory and the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center. Dr. Adekile moved to Kuwait in 1993 where, in addition to other responsibilities, he looks after sickle cell patients in the country. He is the director of the Kuwait National Sickle Cell Disease Registry which was established in 2010. H was the chairman of his department from 2004 to 2013.

Dr. Adekile also runs a research laboratory in his department in Kuwait University. He has a unique perspective on sickle cell disease, having looked after and conducted research on three continents.

He holds a PhD in Cell Biology from the University of Maastricht, Netherlands based on comparative studies of Nigerian and Kuwaiti SCD patients. His expertise is on phenotypic variability of the disease and he is an authority on the presentation among patients with the Arab/India haplotype and elevated Hb F. He is also the President of the Nigerian Sickle Cell Disease Network. He has more than 120 publications in peer-reviewed journals.

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