The Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department of the College of Medicine, University of Lagos started as an Oral Surgery unit in 1966 and was managed by Professor Fox-Taylor a British Oral Surgeon. In 1969, the then Dr. J. O. Akinosi was appointed as Senior Lecturer and Head of the unit. In 1970 the unit was upgraded to a Full Department, thus making the Department the Premier Academic Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Sub-Saharan Africa. The pioneer Professors in the Department were Professors J. O. Akinosi and A. L. Nwoku.
The Department presently has 10 academic staff including 5 on the professorial cadre. The Department trains student both in the undergraduate and the postgraduate level. Academic activities in the Department include weekly morning journal club on Tuesdays and seminars on Wednesdays which are specially designed to meet the academic needs of the Dental students, Resident doctors and the academic staff.
The Department has attracted a number of grants from both local and international agencies. The local agencies include the University CRC Grant, Tetfund, the Central Bank and Lagos State Government of Nigeria. Internationally, the Smile Train and the NIH.
The Department has trained many prominent and famous Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons amongst whom are Dr. Ayo Kekere-Ekun, Professor Odusanya, Professor Jelili Akinwande, Dr. Emil Abdulai, Dr. O.V. Ogunbanjo, Professor Akin Ladeinde, Professor Gbenga Ogunlewe, Dr. Sunday Oluseye, Professor Godwin Arotiba, Prof. Wasiu Adeyemo, Prof. Olalekan Gbotolorun amongst others.
To be a centre of global distinction in training, research and clinical services in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
To provide a conducive environment for learning, acquisition of knowledge, research and development of skills for the management of oral conditions and preservation of oral health.HOD
Head of Department
Prof. G.T. Arotiba
Prof. M. O. Ogunlewe
Prof. A. L. Ladeinde
Prof. W. L. Adeyemo
Dr. O. James
Dr. A. C. Oluwarotimi
Dr. M. O. Adeyemi
Dr. O. O. Adamson
Dr. A. A. Fashina
Assistant Chief Technologist
Asst. Chief Data Processing Officer
Courses in Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery