Women Leaders' VOICES
Leaders’ VOICES series of articles by five women trailblazers and emerging pioneers explores various topics and issues facing the health sector worldwide. Each article—which is hosted online by the American Dental Education Association’s 5th ADEA International Women’s Leadership Conference—features commissioned Q&A content for the global dental education, research and practice community. Commissioned articles are branded with the ADEA Women Leaders' VOICES series signature design, and content is published consecutively over a period of time. For additional information, please contact Sonja Harrison, M.S.W. at
Moving Beyond a Traditional Dental Career
With a longstanding research focus on maxillofacial neoplasm, Dr. Olawunmi Adedoyin Fatusi is nationally and internationally recognized for her work in the field. Her collaborations with clinical researchers in different specialties—both within and outside dentistry—has put her on the map as an in-demand speaker.
As Dean of the Obafemi Awolowo University Dental School, Dr. Fatusi is responsible for managing the third oldest continuously operating dental school in Nigeria. She leads a highly dedicated staff of experts who train dental students with the competences required to meet the oral health needs of the public throughout the 21st century. She is also the university’s Vice Chair of the Ethics Committee of the Institute of Public Health and Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial surgery.
We are inspired by Dr. Fatusi’s efforts and wanted to ask her five questions about her journey as one of the world’s few women dental leaders today.
Here’s what she had to say.
July 2, 2014
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