Started in 1962, the department has grown over the years from a unit in the department of surgery to become a full fledged department of the hospital.It provides neurosurgical services, education, training and man-power development and is actively involved in research into several neurological disorders and conditions including hydrocephalus and spina bifida, infections of the nervous system, trauma and spine.
In 1962, Dr. (later Professor) E. Latunde Odeku, the first African neurosurgeon trained in the United States of America, returned home and started neurosurgery as a unit under the department of surgery. With the establishment of a Rockefeller Department of Psychiatry, Neurology and Neurosurgery in 1963, Odeku moved to the new department which was headed by Professor T. Adeoye Lambo. Neurosurgery returned back to the department of Surgery in 1965 following his position that "much in Surgery to the Surgeon is lost, intangible, without thefellowship of Surgeons". He was later joined by Prof. Adelola Adeloye (Honorary President of the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies, WFNS) and Prof. A. A. Olumide (President, Pan-African Association of Neurological Sciences). The current head of the department, Professor M. T. Shokunbi joined them in 1987. He introduced microneurosurgery to the department. The unit pioneered neurosurgical services in Nigeria, effectively meeting the needs of the nation through efficient patient-care, man-power development, research and promotion of education in neurological surgery.
CORE RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT
Training of medical students, peri-operative nurses, resident doctors, nurses and paramedical staff.
Researches into neurosurgical and allied conditions
Operative and non-operative management of neurosurgical conditions
Daily Clinical Rounds from 6.30a.m
Neurosurgical operations: elective lists on Mondays, Wednesdays (two lists) and Fridays; Emergency operations 24/7
Regular grand rounds, seminars and workshops for the training.
Collaboration with other neurological surgery units, research organizations, hospitals and allied institutions at home and abroad for the effective discharge of the departments responsibilities.
DESCRIPTION OF SERVICE
Daily consultation; Daily Comprehensive medicalconsultation with side room laboratory investigations. Health education & counseling inclusive
Occupational Health Clinic; Comprehensive medical examination/screening and well clinics 9am – 2pm on Tuesday & Thursdays