Isaac Odame

Biography

Dr. Odame is the Medical Director of the Global Sickle Cell Disease Network, Centre for Global Child Health, and Staff Physician, Division of Haematology/Oncology, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Toronto, Canada.

The Global Sickle Cell Disease Network is committed to building enduring collaborations between clinicians and scientists worldwide. Under his leadership, sickle cell disease clinicians and scientists across Africa, the 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.

Dr. Odame is Professor and Director of the combined Division of Paediatric and Adult Haematology in the Departments of Departments of Paediatrics and Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. He holds the Alexandra Yeo Chair in Haematology Research in the University of Toronto.

The creation of a combined Division of Paediatric and Adult Haematology under Dr. Odame’s leadership provides an exciting opportunity to bridge the Departments of Paediatrics and Medicine in the field of haematology. This innovative approach holds enormous prospects for enhancing academic excellence and improving clinical care in haematology across the entire age spectrum.

The focus of Dr. Odame’s academic work and clinical care are patients with sickle cell disease and thalassemias and other haematological disorders. Dr. 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 Haemoglobinopathy Group, a body of all haemoglobinopathy physicians, scientists and nurses in Canada. Odame led the initiative to develop the Guidelines for the Clinical Management of Patients with Thalassemia in Canada.

Dr. Odame was previously Associate Professor at McMaster University where he was also the Director of the Residency Program in Paediatric Haematology/Oncology. He is a medical graduate of the University of Ghana and did his specialty training in paediatrics and haematology/haematopathology in the UK at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow and the Hammersmith Hospital in London.