Renowned Obstetrician Professor Kelsey Harrison Keynotes 2011 ANPA Convention

Professor Kelsey Harrison, a Nigerian icon, renowned obstetrician and gynecologist, and former Vice Chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt will deliver the keynote address at the 2011 Annual Meeting and Scientific canadian pharmacy Conference of the Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas (ANPA). His keynote address titled “The continuing high maternal mortality and morbidity in Nigeria is unacceptable” will be delivered on Thursday, July  7, 2011 at 8:00pm.

Professor Harrison hails from Abonnema, Rivers State in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. He attended Government College, Umuahia and then medical school at University College, Ibadan and the University of London from 1951 to 1958. He trained as an obstetrician and gynecologist and joined the faculty of the University College Hospital, Ibadan in 1960. In 1972, he moved to the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he became the Head of Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

While in Zaria, Professor Harrison gained national and international reputation for his efforts to reduce maternal and child mortality in developing countries. He became a fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in 1973. He was awarded the Doctor of Science (Medicine) of the University of London in 1988. Also he is a recipient of the prestigious Nigerian National Order of Merit.

Professor Harrisons’s prolific contribution to scientific literature is widely acclaimed. In 2006, he wrote an autobiography “An Arduous Climb: from the creeks of the Niger delta to a leading obstetrician and university vice chancellor”. His most recent book published in 2010 and reprinted 2011, is titled “Sowing the seeds of safe motherhood in sub Saharan Africa”. It highlights some of his own research and scientific contributions that spanned several decades.

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