Executive Secretary & CEO, National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Nigeria
Usman Yusuf is a Professor of Haematology-Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation. He has extensive experience practicing medicine across three continents – Africa, Europe and North America. He graduated from ABU Zaria with MBBS in 1982. He became a Consultant Paediatrician and Fellow of the West African College of Physicians in 1989. He won a scholarship in 1988 for a postgraduate diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene at the University of Liverpool, UK. He worked at Christies Hospital and Holt Radium Institute in Manchester as an Oncologist 1990 – 1994.
He moved to the United States of America in 1995 where he was a Fellow of Haematology and Oncology at the Medical University of South Carolina. In 2000, he moved to the world renowned bone marrow transplant centre of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Hospital Seattle, Washington, USA as Transplant Fellow and Assistant Professor. In 2003, he moved to Saint Jude Children Research Hospital in Memphis Tennessee as Assistant Professor in the Division of Stem Cell Transplantation and rose to the rank of full Professor in 2008.
His research interest is in new therapies for Graft versus Host Disease and immuno modulation after bone marrow transplantation.
He has published many peer-reviewed articles and manuscripts in scientific journals and presented papers and abstracts in many international scientific conferences.
He was appointed the Executive Secretary/CEO of the Nigerian National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in August 2016.