The Board of Directors of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) unanimously voted to award Professor Omolola Atalabi Honorary Membership of the Society. By this award, she joins a very select group of people who have made special contributions to the profession of Radiology.
RSNA is the largest society of radiologists and other imaging affiliates in the world, with annual conference attendance of more than 70,000 and more than 50,000 membership worldwide.
Prof Atalabi joined the Association as a young faculty in 2003 and she has served the Association in many capacities. In 2007, she was the recipient of RSNA Dereek Harwood Nash International Fellowship, which enabled her spend time in Boston Children’s hospital for three months. This exposure sparked her interest in Paediatric radiology- a subspecialty that she has focused in and has nurtured in Nigeria. She also won the RSNA (Hitachi) Seed grant in 2010, for a study on ‘Renal Doppler ultrasound findings in children with acute malaria’. Results from this study have been published and are being referenced by scientific authors worldwide. She has served the radiology community at local, regional and international levels in many capacities. With her active participation in RSNA, she was the maiden Chair of, RSNA Regional Committee for Middle East and Africa from 2014-2018. She was able to secure discounted membership dues and secured travel stipends of $1,000 for up to 30 members from low-income countries of which Nigeria is inclusive. She has facilitated donations of educational materials from RSNA to many institutions in Nigeria and Ghana. She ensured that Radiologists in the College of Medicine University of Ibadan, the University College Hospital, Ibadan, in addition to Radiologists in Ghana benefitted from knowledge transfer from the RSNA international visiting Professor (IVP) Program. She was a member of the RSNA International Advisory Committee (IAC) from 2014-2018, Member, RSNA Committee on International Radiology Education (CIRE) from 2017 till date, and presently she is the Chair of the subcommittee of RSNA CIRE Global Learning Centre (GLC), which is a recent addition to the list of RSNA outreach programs geared towards strengthening of imaging capacity building in low income countries. This new program was birthed through the initiatives of Professor Atalabi. The presence of RAD-AID international in partnership with google in the department of Radiology in COMUI was facilitated by her.
On behalf of the entire COMUI community, I congratulate Professor Atalabi for this honour conferred on her and by extension COMUI and the University of Ibadan.
I wish her many more accolades in service to COMUI, the University of Ibadan and indeed Nigeria and beyond.
Olayinka Olusola Omigbodun FAS