Dr. Adekunle Adekile, Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Kuwait University.
Dr. Adekile graduated from the University of Ibadan Medical School, Nigeria, and had his Pediatric Residency Training at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife Nigeria. He was in Howard University Hospital, Washington, DC, USA, from 1980-1981 for his post-doctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Hematology, during which time he worked at the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center under Dr. Roland Scott. 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 Fogarty 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; he is the Chief of Pediatric Hematology at Mubarak Hospital where he looks after patients with SCD, thalassemia, and other benign hematology disorders. He is the director of the Kuwait National SCD Registry, which he established in 2011. He is active in the hematology professional circles in the Arabian Gulf.
He holds a Ph.D. in Cell Biology from the University of Maastricht, Netherlands based on his thesis “Comparative Studies of Nigerian and Kuwaiti SCD patients”. His research expertise is in the phenotypic variability of the disease, especially the presentation among patients with the Arab/India haplotype and elevated Hb F. He was the founding chairman of the Nigerian SCD Network and the Sickle Cell Support Society of Nigeria. He has more than 160 publications in peer-reviewed journals.
He has served as a consultant to WHO/AFRO on the management of SCD in Africa. He is the current Editor-in-Chief of HEMOGLOBIN, the International Journal of Hemoglobin Research.