President of the United States Barrack Obama has appointed Ghanaian Dr. Francis Ali-Osman to head the US cancer board.
This is quite an amazing development and as such, it wont be wrong to say it is a bragging galore for Ghanaians.
Dr. Francis Ali-Osman who is based in the US, is a professor of Surgery and Pathology. He is to serve on the US National Cancer Advisory Board.
Dr Francis was appointed among other members to advise President Obama, the US Secretary of Health and Human Service, and the Director of the National Cancer Institute, on issues relating to the US national cancer programme.
Dr Ali-Osman who is an old boy of the Navrongo Senior High School in the Upper East Region, currently works at the Duke University School of Medicine in the USA, as a Professor of Neuro-Oncology Research. The doctor who of course was pleased after his appointment, revealed he had a lot in stock for his home land, Ghana.
Dr Ali-Osman has said he will bring his expertise to Ghana to help fight cancer, which is claiming more lives than malaria and HIV. He revealed that he has begun working with the Neurosurgery Department of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH), as well as the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), on some surgeries and programmes.
This is to help in finding ways of treating the deadly disease, which has become common in the African continent. According to him, he will work with NIMIMR to set up a Cancer Research Programme, where scientific-based research on cancer would be studied.
Dr Ali-Osman attended the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), where he had his undergraduate training in Pharmacy.
He then moved to Germany where he obtained Doctorate degrees in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology, Pharmacology and Laboratory Medicine, from the Free University of Berlin, Germany.
He equally ran a fellowship programme in Neuro-oncology at the Brain Tumour Research Center, at the School of Medicine of the University of California, San Francisco.