Lives of the fellows

Silas Rofino Amu Dodu

b.11 December 1924 d.29 June 2007
MB ChB Sheffield(1951) MRCP(1953) DTM&H(1953) MD(1957) FRCP(1969)

Silas Dodu was professor of medicine at the University of Ghana Medical School and a former president of the Ghana Medical Association. He was born in Accra, Ghana, the son of the Very Reverend Edward Maxwell Dodu, a minister of religion, and Margaret Lovering Dodu née Pinto. He was educated in Achimota, and then went to the UK to study medicine in Sheffield, qualifying MB BS in 1951 with the Walter S Kay prize medal. From 1951 to 1952 he held house posts at Wharncliffe Hospital, Sheffield.

In 1953 he gained his MRCP as well as his diploma in tropical medical and hygiene, and also returned to Ghana. For four years he was a special grade medical officer at Korle Bu Hospital, Accra, and then became a physician specialist. In 1965 he became the first head of the department of medicine at Ghana Medical School. He was subsequently vice dean and dean.

He wrote his MD thesis on diabetes in Ghana, and was particularly interested in so-called Western diseases, such as hypertension and coronary disease, which he correctly predicted would become increasing, large-scale problems in Africa. He set up two key studies: the Mamprobi Cardiovascular Health Project, involving 60,000 people over 15 years, and the Public Servants Hypertension Control Programme, working with 2,000 people in Accra and Tema. He subsequently joined the World Health Organization and was chief of the cardiovascular diseases unit in Geneva.

Dodu was one of the founders of the Ghana Medical Association (and president from 1966 to 1968), and also helped to establish the Ghana Medical School (later to become the University of Ghana Medical School) and the West African College of Physicians, of which he was a vice president. He was elected an FRCP in 1969.

In 1953 he married Joan Handley, the daughter of William Handley, a cutlery designer. They had four daughters.

RCP editor

[Ghana Med J. Sep 2007;41(3):151-3]

(Volume XII, page web)

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