Dr. Odame

Dr. Odame is a Staff Physician in the Division of Hematology/Oncology and the Centre for Global Child Health at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada. He is Professor and Director of the combined Division of Adult and Pediatric Hematology in the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. He holds the Alexandra Yeo Chair in Hematology in the University of Toronto.

The focus of Odame’s academic work and clinical care are patients with sickle cell disease and thalassemias and other malignant hematological disorders. Odame was instrumental in the design and implementation of universal newborn screening for sickle cell disease in Ontario, Canada, and has had a major influence on its implementation in other Canadian provinces. He founded the Canadian Hemoglobinopathy Group, a body of all hemoglobinopathy physicians, scientists and nurses in Canada. Odame led the initiative to develop the Guidelines for the Clinical Management of Patients with Thalassemia in Canada.

Currently, Odame is the Medical Director of the Global Sickle Cell Disease Network based at the Hospital for Sick Children Centre for Global Child Health that is committed to building enduring collaborations between clinicians and scientists worldwide (http://www.globalsicklecelldisease.org). Under his leadership sickle cell disease clinicians and scientists across Africa, Caribbean, Middle East, India, Europe, North and South America are working more collaboratively in research initiatives aimed at delivering interventions that are evidence-based, cost-effective and sustainable over the long-term, particularly in low-income countries with the highest disease burden.

Odame was previously Associate Professor at McMaster University where he was also the Director of the Residency Program in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. He is a medical graduate of the University of Ghana and did his specialty training in pediatrics and hematology/hematopathology in the UK at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow and the Hammersmith Hospital in London.