Dr Oluyinka Olutoye is a Nigerian doctor and surgeon who played a very important role in the story of the baby that was born twice in Texas, United States.
Together with his surgeon partner, Dr Cass, he saved a fetus from the life threatening danger of a growing tumor.
The doctors brought the baby out of the womb at 23 weeks old, and removed a large tumor (Sacrococcygeal Teratoma) growing on her tailbone, after which they returned the fetus to its mother’s womb to complete the full gestation period of 9 months.
It is always a thing of joy to see Africans in diaspora doing amazing things and serving in groundbreaking capacities.
Prof. Oluyinka Olutoye is a world renowned surgeon, whose contributions in the medical field has not gone unnoticed.
In February 2015, he was one of the surgeons who successfully separated a set of conjoined twins – Knatalye Hope and Adeline Faith Mata. The success made international headlines.
Dr Olutoye always wanted to be in the medical field.
“For as long as I can remember I was told that I wanted to be a doctor. Physicians and nurses were always around the house, I think to take care of my grandparents and when they were done, I would gather the empty syringes and go around giving people shots.”
He is an alumni of Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile Ife, Nigeria. He graduated with a M.B.Ch.B honours degree in 1988. In 1996, he obtained his PhD in anatomy from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.
Dr Olutoye is a member of the International Fetal Medicine and Surgery Society and is a Fellow of the Surgical Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics and American College of Surgeons; he is also a Fellow of the West African College of Surgeons.
He has an impeccable wealth of experience in fetal and prenatal surgeries. This has effortlessly proved itself in the case of the Lynlee Boemer’s tumor case.
Aside Baby Lynlee’s surgery, the surgeon – who loves to travel – has led the successful surgeries of several other babies.
Alongside his surgery partner in Lynlee’s case, Dr Oluyinka Olutoye is Co-Director of the Texas Children’s Fetal Center.
Dr Olutoye is a distinguished academic professor, author and co-author of several medical publications.
American broadcast network NBC, describes him as a “miracle worker operating where few have ever gone before.” He is married with 2 children.