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Elizabeth Ogboli Nwasor, MBBS, DA(WACS), FWACS, MPH, PgDA(WFSA)

Professor/Chief Consultant Anaesthesiologist


Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital


Zaria, Nigeria

Professor Elizabeth Ogboli Nwasor is currently Professor/Chief Consultant Anaesthesiologist, Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria, Nigeria. She’s been in the pain field for the past 24 years and has attended 6 World Congresses on Pain.

How did you get into pain science? 

I started as a Registrar in Anaesthesiology and then later became a Senior Registrar in Anaesthesiology.

What topics does your current research/ clinical practice cover? How does this affect the public?

My current research interests include Ostetric Analgesia, pain relief in labour, Cancer Pain Management, Pain Management in the critically–ill patient, neuropathic pain management, interventional pain management, pain management in other species, pain management and palliative care, translational pain research and use of medicinal plants in pain management.

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Who is your mentor? How has their research/ clinical practice impacted yours?

My mentor is Prof Olaitan Alice Soyannwo. She inspires me to work harder and go into new frontiers. Her research and clinical practice has moved me into pain management and palliative care, interventional pain management, and translational pain research.

Do you have collaborators? Why did you choose to work with them, and what problem are you trying to solve?

Yes, I have mentored Dr Sherif Isa and Mr. Francis Emeka Dingwoke, and I collaborate with them. I chose to work with Dr Isa and Mr. Dingwoke because they are into basic science research and that complements my research in translational pain management. We are looking into the problem of lack of potent analgesics and shortage of opioids in Nigeria. We are looking into alternatives like use of medicinal plants and herbs in pain management and palliative care.

What has been your most significant achievement in or contribution to the pain field thus far?

My conducting the” Pain Free Hospital Initiative” as the Hospital Champion in ABUTH Zaria, Nigeria 2016-2018 and my emergence as the President of the Cancer Pain SIG of the IASP in 2018.

What do you think the next “hot topic” is in the pain field?

Pain management and the coronavirus pandemic: pain relief in the COVID-19 positive patient

What has been your biggest professional challenge/obstacle thus far and how did you handle it/overcome it?

There was delay of over 8 years before my promotion to the rank of Professor was announced. I handled it by working harder, doing more research work and clinical and community service, praying more and trusting God.

If you could offer one piece of advice to a younger you, what would it be and why?

Follow your mind, pursue your dreams, pursue your career early in life, trust in God, and never give up. Why? Because these are the keys to success.

Why did you become an IASP member?

I loved the mission and vision of IASP, and it helped me build my career.

What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies, other pursuits, or hidden talents?

I work in the Church and serve God. I love reading and travelling. I work with my professional associations and societies to mentor others, especially young women.

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