A professor of virology and President, Nigerian Academy of Science, Dr Oyewale Tomori has been elected an international member of the US National Academy of Medicine (NAM), effective October 1 2016.
Election to the Academy is considered one of the highest honours in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.
In electing Dr. Tomori, NAM members noted his leadership role in establishing the Africa Regional Polio Laboratory Network, developing laboratory capacity for polio diagnosis and providing a framework for the setup of additional laboratory networks for yellow fever, measles, and other viral hemorrhagic fevers.
The Academy observed that his broad expertise in disease control and commitment to strengthening health systems have led to his serving in numerous advisory and leadership roles for the World Health Organization, governments and agencies.
NAM members took cognizance of his elucidation of the properties of a virus- the Orungo virus- which he registered with the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV).
It was further noted that he played a key role in the development of young African scientists through his leadership as founding Vice Chancellor of Redeemer’s University in Nigeria.
A 1971 veterinary graduate of Ahmadu Bello University, Tomomi earned a PhD degree in Virology from University of Ibadan in 1976. He was recognized in Nigeria with the National Order of Merit (NNOM), the highest award for academic and intellectual attainment. Graduating as a veterinarian, he employed his training to achieve a level of recognition in the health sciences that serves as a model for the broad contribution of veterinarians to global health and the essence of the concept of “One Health” in dealing with current situation and picture of emerging and re-emerging diseases. He is currently the President of the Nigeria Academy of Science.
Dr. Tomori joins a group of distinguished individuals who have made significant contributions to global science, medicine and health, including the only other Nigerian, Professor Adetokunbo Lucas, who was elected in 1988, as an international member of the US Institute of Medicine (IOM), as the US National Academy of Medicine was then known.