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Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery

A Brief History of the Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery

Prof Oluwatosin O.M  HODPlastic Surgery began in UCH as a bona fide unit of the Department of Surgery in 1962 with the arrival of Michael Norbert Tempest [(1921-1995) (MD, ChM (Leeds), FRCSEd, MA (Wales)]. Before leaving the shores of Nigeria in 1964, he commenced the organization of the Plastic Surgery unit. His dedication to his work encouraged his then senior registrar, Joseph Olatunde Oluwasanmi to seek further training in Plastic Surgery abroad and obtain his FRCS in 1964. After his sojourn, he returned to be the first indigenous consultant Plastic and Maxillofacial surgeon being jointly appointed by the Medical school as Lecturer I, and the UCH as Consultant, in January 1967. It is interesting to note that the nidus for the development of the Faculty of Dentistry of the University of Ibadan was in the Plastic Surgery division. The unit suffered non-permanent consultant plastic surgeon staff from 1983 till 1992 when Dr. Oluwatosin was appointed following completion of his training in the United Kingdom. The unit, later designated division, has trained over 20 plastic surgeons practicing both within and outside Nigeria. The first flap and microvascular surgery course in the West African sub-region was hosted by the unit in conjunction with the Department of Anatomy of the University of Ibadan in April 1995. Residents and Consultants in Plastic, Orthopeadic, ENT, Maxillofacial and General Surgery participated in the course. The course, which holds biennially, includes intensive lecture content and extensive practical sessions on cadavers, simulating vessel kits, small animal microvascular practice and large animal perforator flap practice. The course facilitators are often from within and outside the West African Sub region The Board of Management of the University College Hospital at its September 2011 meeting approved the proposal of the division of Plastic Surgery to become the Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery. The department trains resident doctors from within and outside the country.


To be an international leader in plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery through research, education, clinical care and innovation.


To prepare future plastic surgeons to contribute to our communities by providing an enabling environment and improving the health of individuals through the discovery, application and communication of knowledge.

Subunits with Consultants in Charge

  • Burn Unit:                                         Dr. A. O Iyun
  • Hand and Microsurgery unit:               Prof O. M. Oluwatosin
  • Breast and Cosmetic surgery unit:      Dr. O. A. Olawoye
  • Wound management unit:                  Dr. S. A. Ademola
  • Clefts, Craniofacial, Head and Neck surgery Unit:  Dr. A. I. Michael

Clinical activities of the Department

General Plastic Surgery Clinic

General ward rounds

Cleft care Clinic

Trauma theatres

Dermato-Plastic clinic

Out Patient theatres

Burn Unit rounds

General Plastic Surgery and collaborative theatre sessions

Departmental Personnel

Consultant staff

Prof. O. M. Oluwatosin Head of Department

Dr. S. A. Ademola

Dr. O. A. Olawoye

Dr. A. O. Iyun

Dr. A. I. Michael

Administrative Staff

Mrs. O. M. Ogundare , Mr. T. Ayinde , Mr. B. O. Alao

Sub specialization group personnel


Dr. Ayodele O. Iyun , Dr. Samuel A. Ademola ,Dr. Olayinka A. Olawoye


Dr. Samuel A. Ademola,  Dr. Ayodele O. Iyun


Dr. Olayinka A. Olawoye , Dr. Samuel A. Ademola,  Dr. Afieharo I. Michael,  Dr. Adeyinka Ademola,  Mr. Temidayo Ogundiran


Prof. Odunayo M. Oluwatosin , Dr. Afieharo I. Michael  , Dr. Olayinka A. Olawoye


Dr. Afieharo I. Michael , Dr. Adeola A. Olusanya


To be the flagship tertiary health care institution in the West Africa sub-region, offering world-class training, research and services.

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