Nigeria

Farouk Dako, MD, MPH

Director, RAD-AID Nigeria

Farouk is a Cardiothoracic Radiology and Imaging Informatics Fellow at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He has a strong background in public health that includes obtaining a Master in Public Health (MPH) from John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and successfully co-founding a healthcare and education non-governmental organization (NGO) in Nigeria that has served thousands of indigenous people. His areas of expertise include health care quality improvement and community outreach. He brings his experience of working with local NGOs in Nigeria. As Director for RAD-AID Nigeria, Dr. Dako’s objective is to adopt RAD-AID’s strategy for improving radiology globally to Nigeria’s unique healthcare system and political landscape.

Scott McLafferty, DO

Associate Director, RAD-AID Nigeria

Scott is an interventional radiologist with Columbus Radiology Corporation in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has been involved with RAD-AID’s Nigeria team since 2016. Scott is passionate about improving health care disparities in developing countries. He completed his diagnostic radiology training at Temple University and specialized in vascular and interventional radiology at the University of Miami (2018). When not caring for patients, he enjoys being a Northeasterner exploring the Midwest and traveling with his wife Cristina.

Chidubem Ugwueze, MD, MS

Program Manager, RAD-AID Nigeria

Chidubem is a PGY-5 DR/ESIR resident at Mount Sinai West in New York. He will be completing his Independent IR residency (2022 – 2023 academic year) at the Mount Sinai Hospital. Chidubem grew up in Nigeria and spent his formative years in southern California. He completed his bachelor’s and graduate degrees at the University of Southern California; earning a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry (2011), a Master’s degree in Global Medicine (2012), and a Doctor of Medicine (2017). As a medical student, he was a recipient of the 2016 RSNA medical student research grant for his work applying radionics to the diagnosis, classification, and prediction of perioperative complications of renal tumors. He is dedicated to the reduction of health inequity. As a resident, Chidubem founded the RAD-AID Mount Sinai West Chapter. Since its founding, he has organized and participated in virtual and in-person diagnostic and interventional radiology global outreach projects in Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, and Ghana.  In 2019, for example, he helped organize and host an IR symposium at the University College Hospital in Ibadan Nigeria.