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To know St Edmunds is to know the man with the vision that birthed the hospital. Today, as we celebrate the 87th birthday of our Chairman, we’d like to share a little about his journey.

Dr Edmund Abiola Akinocho obtained his medical degree in 1961 when he graduated from the prestigious Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. In 1963 he began his career as a house surgeon in Dublin, Ireland’s Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital. He later relocated to the United Kingdom, where he worked in several highly regarded hospitals including St. Peter’s Hospital, Woking Victoria Hospital and Moorfield’s Eye Hospital.

Yearning for his homeland, Dr Akinocho returned to Nigeria in 1965 where he began work at the eye clinic of the General Hospital in Lagos. He later joined the Armed Forces Medical Services, where he served until the year 1970. After his time in the Armed Forces, he returned to the General Hospital where he retired as a senior consultant in ophthalmic services in 1977. Deciding to go into business for himself, Dr Akinocho opened a full-time private practice in 1978.

Between 1970 and 1995, he attended many international courses at the Brooklyn eye Hospital, New York; Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington D.C.; Dept. of Ophthalmology, University of Toronto; Postgraduate Medical School, University of Edinburgh; Birmingham Eye Hospital; Institute of Ophthalmology, London and the National Eye Institute Singapore.

He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, Rome, Fellow of the Postgraduate Medical College Nigeria, West African college of surgeons, The College of Ophthalmologists, UK and the Royal Society of Medicine UK. He is currently retired from active clinical work.

Today, he sits as chairman of the board at St Edmunds Eye Hospital. We celebrate this pioneer ophthalmologist in Nigeria today and always. Long life and prosperity to our amiable Chairman!