Stephen Obaro


Dr. Stephen Obaro is an Associate Professor with the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases in MSU’s College of Human Medicine. His educational background began in Nigeria where he obtained his medical degree and training in pediatrics.

In the United Kingdom, he received further training in clinical pediatrics as well as a PhD in Immunology from the Imperial College, University of London.

Dr. Obaro is a Fellow of the West African College of Physicians, The Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health, and The American Academy of Pediatrics. He is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in General Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases.

His research interests include host immune responses to infections and the development and deployment of vaccines for the prevention of childhood infections.

He previously worked with the UK Medical Research Council Laboratories in the Gambia to establish the disease burden of invasive pneumococcal infections in children through population surveillance. Subsequently he established the field studies that supported the evaluation of the safety, immunogenicity and subsequently efficacy of pneumococcal conjugate vaccines in Gambian children.

Dr. Obaro is currently establishing field studies in Nigeria to help unravel the epidemiology of bacteremic syndromes in children and the risk factors associated with these infections. In collaboration with colleagues from the UK and Nigeria, he has also initiated newborn screening for sickle cell disease in central Nigeria through a pilot scheme that was funded by the United Nations Development Programme. 

He co-chairs the Infectious Diseases in Sickle Cell Disease working group of the Global Sickle Cell Disease Network (GSCDN).