Stephen K. Obaro, MD, PhD

obaroDr. Stephen Obaro (MBBS, FWACP, MRCP (UK) FRCPCH, FAAP, PhD, FIDSA, FPIDSA) is a Professor of Pediatrics, Director of International Pediatric Research Program, and Adjunct Professor with the Department of Microbiology and Pathology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. He obtained his basic medical training at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he commenced his postgraduate training in Pediatrics before relocating to the United Kingdom. In addition to further training in clinical pediatrics, he obtained a PhD in Immunology at Imperial College, University of London.

Upon completion of his clinical and graduate training in immunology, he worked with the UK Medical Research Council Research Laboratories in The Gambia as Head of Field Station. His team established a surveillance program for pneumococcal disease in children that contributed substantive data to the formulation of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine for developing countries and the understanding of the epidemiology of invasive pneumococcal disease in children.  He obtained additional graduate training in the United States in general pediatrics at Pittsburgh Children Hospital and in a pediatric infectious disease fellowship at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island.

His research interests include host immune responses to infections, development and deployment of vaccines for the prevention of childhood infections. He is currently establishing field studies in Nigeria to understand the epidemiology of bacteraemic syndromes in children and the risk factors associated with these infections, through funding support from the National Institutes for Health and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Professor Obaro has published over 70 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 10 book chapters.  He is an active member of Infectious Disease Society of America, European Society for Infectious Diseases, and currently co-chairs the Infectious Disease subgroup of the Global Sickle Cell Disease Network. He is a consultant to Accordia International for improving medical education in Africa, and a visiting Professor at a number of University Hospitals in Nigeria. He has served as a technical adviser to the World Health Organization on childhood immunizations and was a consultant to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on Polio Eradication in Nigeria.