The name of the research group is Neonatal Surgery Multidisciplinary Research Team

Research Focus

The research focus of the team is on improving the quality of care and long term outcome for newborn babies undergoing surgery in Nigeria. We hope to develop evidence-based policies and guidelines for neonatal surgery in Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa.



Some Proposed Research Topics


  1. Effect of surgery on neonatal physiological parameters in southeastern Nigeria
  2. Long term quality of life of babies who had major neonatal surgeries
  3. Clinical and demographic factors in the outcome of major neonatal surgeries
  4. Environmental factors in the aetiology of major congenital anomalies in Nigeria
  5. Emotional and social effects of neonatal surgery on families of children who had neonatal surgery



Composition of the Group


  1. Coordinator: Dr. Sebastian O Ekenze (Sub-Department of Paediatric Surgery)
  2. Other Members: Professor Gilbert Adimora (Department of Paediatrics), Dr. Obinna

Ajuzieogu (Department of Anaesthesia), Dr. Uchechukwu Ezomike (Sub-Department of

Paediatric Surgery)




Brief Curriculum Vitae of Members


NAME: Dr. Sebastian Okwuchukwu Ekenze

POSITION: Senior Lecturer and Acting Head of Sub-Department of Paediatric Surgery

CONTACT DETAILS: Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medical Sciences, College of

                                       Medicine, UNEC



BRIEF BIOGRAPHY: Born on Sunday May 21, 1967 at Owerri Imo State, Nigeria, I had primary and secondary education from 1972 to 1983. I obtained First School Leaving Certificate in 1978 and West African School Certificate in 1983. From 1983 to 1983, I had Undergraduate Medical Education at the University of Nigeria Nsukka/Enugu Campus and obtained MBBS in 1989. One-year internship and one-year National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) were undertaken in 1990/91 and 1991/92 respectively. This was followed by community service as a medical officer with Mater Christi Hospital, Orlu Imo State from 1993 to 1995. From 1995 to 2001, I undertook postgraduate medical education with the West African College of Surgeon and obtained fellowship of the College (FWACS) in October 2001. I was appointed a consultant Paediatric Surgeon by Federal Medical Centre Owerri from August 2002 to May 2005. From June 2005, I was appointed Lecturer-1 with the Sub-Department of Paediatric Surgery, College of Medicine, University of Nigeria. I was appointed Acting Head of Paediatric Surgery in 2006/07, a position I have held till date. I have more than 40 Publications in Peer-review Journals.



  1. Surgical Education
  2. Neonatal Surgery
  3. Paediatric Oncological Surgery
  4. Paediatric Genitoplasty
  5. Paediatric gastrointestinal, Biliary, and Hepatic surgeries



  1. Intestinal atresias
  2. Undescended testes
  3. Paediatric Surgical Nutrition in low-resource setting
  4. Oesophageal Atresia
  5. Posterior Urethral Valve (interdisciplinary collaboration with paediatric Nephrology)
  6. Interventional Radiology for Paediatric surgical conditions (interdisciplinary collaboration with Radiology Department)
  7. Social Media and Surgical Education
  8. Potentially preventable renal failure in low-resource setting (interdisciplinary collaboration with paediatric Nephrology)