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Olujmi Coker is a Consultant Laparoscopic Surgeon and CEO of Lagoon Hospitals, Lagos, Nigeria.
Dr ‘Jimi Coker qualified from the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria and did his specialist surgical training in the United Kingdom with basic surgical training in Greater Manchester and higher surgical training in South Yorkshire around Sheffield University Teaching Hospitals. He is an Intercollegiate Fellow of the Royal College of surgeons of England and a graduate of the advanced management program at INSEAD European Institute of Business in France.
He was appointed Senior Lecturer in Surgery at Northern General Hospital and University of Sheffield in January 1999. In November 1999 he joined Doncaster and Bassetlaw NHS Trust as Consultant General Surgeon with specialist interest in Coloproctology and minimal access surgery.
He served as surgical instructor to Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET – UK based charity) from 1996 to 2007 and was appointed to THET board of trustees from 2006 – 2010. He was Chairman, International Development Committee of Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland organizing surgical skills courses in East and West Africa till 2011.
Dr Coker co-founded the West African College of Surgeons UK forum in 2007 and served as pioneer coordinator from 2008 to 2011. He received an award at the Golden Jubilee Conference of the West African College of Surgeons (2010) for organizing the first pre-conference surgical outreach programme in Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria. He was the principal instructor on advanced colorectal surgery at the Nairobi Surgical Skills Centre, University of Nairobi, Kenya from 2007 – 2015 with biannual training workshops for East African surgeons.
He returned to Nigeria in 2010 to lead the surgical strategy at Hygeia Nigeria and was appointed Chief of Surgery at Lagoon Hospitals, Lagos. In January 2016, he became Chief Medical Director, and appointed CEO in 2019. Lagoon Hospitals remains the only hospital group to achieve Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation in West Africa. Lagoon Hospitals was the first private hospital group in Lagos to adopt electronic medical records across all facilities in 2013 and pioneered telehealth long before the COVID 19 pandemic.
He is a board member of the Society for Quality Healthcare in Nigeria (SQHN) and the Chairman, SQHN Accreditation Committee. He is also the President of Laparoscopic Surgery Society of Nigeria.