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LASU Bulletin

VC's Desk


MB.BCh (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland); FRCS (Ireland); FWACS (West Africa), Council Member, Lagos State University


Dr. Ayo Shonibare is a Consultant Urologist and Kidney Transplant Surgeon with over 25 years’ experience gathered across several healthcare institutions in Nigeria and globally.

Dr. Shonibare qualified as a medical practitioner from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 1985.

Following his graduation, he underwent postgraduate training in surgery at various centers of excellence in the UK. He was awarded the Surgical Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1991 and worked as a Surgical Registrar in Mount Vernon Hospital, Northwood, United Kingdom before returning to Nigeria in 1993.

He joined Saint Nicholas Hospital in 1993 as a Consultant Surgeon /Urologist and rose to the position of the Medical Director in 1995, a position which he held till 1999 when he left to set up his own urological center. As the Medical Director of Saint Nicholas Hospital he was directly responsible for organizing and overseeing clinical activities connected with the medical and paramedical management of the hospital.

He is currently Medical Director and Consultant Urologist at Vantage Medical Centre, a busy private urological practice in Victoria Island, Lagos. He is also visiting Consultant to many hospitals including Saint Nicholas Hospital, Lagos, and Reddington Hospital, Lagos . His key clinical areas of interest are Prostate Cancer disease management and Kidney Transplantation.

Dr. Shonibare is one of the most versatile Kidney Transplant Surgeons in Sub-Saharan Africa. He was a key member of the team that performed the first Kidney transplantation in Nigeria in March 2000, since then, he has performed 130 Kidney transplantations, out of the total of 206 cases ever performed in Nigeria. He also performed the first Paediatric Kidney transplant in the entire West African sub-region on 7th August 2009 and now routinely performs hand assisted laparoscopic donor nephrectomies. He remains the only surgeon performing this live donor procedure in Nigeria today. He performed the first kidney transplant at the University Teaching Hospital Ibadan in 2009 and was involved with setting up training programs for renal transplant surgeons at the same University. He also played a key role to train and assist Surgeons that carried out the first Kidney Transplantation at Lagos State University Teaching Hospital in 2015.

He was a member of the team of Surgeons from Transplant Links UK that performed the first kidney transplant in Ghana in 2008 at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital Accra, and subsequently offered his support for ongoing training programs at the same institution. He is an International Society of Nephrology (ISN) Educational Ambassador. In this role he has trained local Surgeons on arterio-venous fistula at Doula General Hospital, Cameroon and Konkola Mine Hospital in Zambia.

Dr. Shonibare offers endoscopic urological services to Saint Nicholas Hospital and has recently developed interest in Minimal Access Urological Surgery. He attended a Diploma course on Laparoscopic Surgery in July 2008 at the Laparoscopy Hospital in Delhi, India, a course on Minimal Access Urological Surgery at the famous Mansoura Institute of Urology and Transplantation, Egypt in 2009 and the Intensive Urology Laparoscopic course at the prestigious Laparoscopic Training Center in Strasbourg France, in June 2011.

He is a professional member of the The Transplant Society, British Transplantation Society, British Association of Urological Surgeons, International Society of Nephrology, Nigerian Association of Nephrology, Vice President of Nathan Kidney Foundation, and immediate past President of the Transplant Association of Nigeria.

Dr. Shonibare plays Golf, Lawn Tennis, Table Tennis and Chess, he also Swims and plays the Piano.

He is an Alumnus of the Lagos Business School.