Meet Dr Samuel Achilefu, the Nigerian Radiologist who invented Smart Infrared cancer seeing Glasses that help surgeon to detect cancer cells during surgery.
Dr Samuel Achilefu was born in 1963, Northern Nigeria. He is a scientist and medical researcher and vice chair for innovation and entrepreneurship at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University School of Medicine.
After Dr Samuel moved to South Eastern part of Nigeria. At age 5, Dr Samuel moved to South East because of civil war. He also had both his primary and secondary school education in South East.
He won a French Government Scholarship to study at a graduate school in France. He went to University of Nancy to study PhD in Molecular and Material Chemistry.
Inventing Smart Infrared cancer seeing Glasses
Before Dr Samuel Achilefu created the smart Infrared cancer seeing Glasses, doctors find it difficult to remove all cancerous cells during surgery.
This inspired the professor to invent a Cancer seeing Glasses that can sight cancer cells during surgery, making the doctors not to go through another surgical procedures for their patients.
The professor of Medicine, Biochemistry and Biomedical Engineering designed his glasses in such a way that it make it easier for surgeons to distinguish malignant cells from healthy cells.
Interestingly, Achilefu’s smart Infrared cancer seeing Glasses have been used successfully in over 30 surgical operations.
Awards and Recognition
As expected, Dr Samuel Achilefu deserves numerous awards.
As of now, he has received over 30 local, National, International honours and Awards from Prestigious Award Academy.
Dr Samuel Achilefu is happily married and blessed with two children.