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Meet Dr. Modupe Odunsi-Elebute Who Launched Nigeria’s First Comprehensive Cancer Centre And Specialist Hospital

Modupe Elebute-Odunsi is a Nigerian who moved back to Nigeria after 30 years of practicing in the UK and has opened an ultra-modern specialist hospital called the Marcelle Ruth Cancer Centre & Specialist Hospital.

After qualifying in medicine from the College of Medicine, University of Lagos in 1986, Dr. Elebute completed postgraduate training in medicine and haemato-oncology at centres of excellence in London, including St Bartholomew’s Hospital, St George’s Hospital and The Royal Marsden.

With vast experience of treating patients with cancer, Dr. Elebute also received a prestigious research fellowship from the Leukaemia Research Fund and gained a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from the University of London for her ground-breaking work.

After over 30 years of practising in the UK, Dr Elebute recently took the bold step to return to Lagos to open an ultra-modern specialist hospital, the Marcelle Ruth Cancer Centre & Specialist Hospital.

The hospital, which is wholly owned by herself and her husband, Bolaji Odunsi, a financier, was conceived and executed with the specific intention of addressing the detection and treatment of cancer and a number of other specialist conditions in an environment akin to a top private hospital in Europe or North America.

Elebute leads a team of over 40 staff who work with first-class equipment and whose mantra is ‘The best possible patient experience’.

The hospital is equipped with the latest technology including a Varian TrueBeam linear accelerator, the most advanced radiotherapy machine available in the world, the first in West Africa, and the 5th in the whole of Africa.

As the daughter of Professors of Surgery and Medicine and pioneers in Nigerian medical affairs, Elebute is looking to make her own mark in the Nigerian healthcare space.

Passionate about giving back, Dr. Elebute helped set up the Sickle Cell Club of Lagos while still at medical school. She is Patron of Build Africa and a past Trustee of The Walkabout Foundation. She is married with children.

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