The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Prof. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, has been named as the Speaker for the 2020 Aggrey-Fraser-Guggisberg Memorial Lectures, organized by the University of Ghana.
This year’s lecture will be held from Wednesday, March 18 to Thursday, March 19, 2020 and will be on the theme, “The Heart – The Most Fascinating Organ of the Body”
The renowned physician and cardiothoracic surgeon’s topic for the first day will be “The heart: what it is, how it works, when it fails.”
On the second day, he will speak on the topic, “Heart surgery: yesterday, today, and tomorrow.”
This year’s lecture will be the 40th since the lecture series was instituted in 1957 to commemorate the contribution made by James Kwegyir Aggrey, Alexander G. Fraser and Gordon Guggisberg to the founding of Achimota College, now Achimota School; and more generally, to the advancement of education and particularly higher education in Ghana.
So far, 39 distinguished persons from Africa, Europe, Asia and North America have contributed to academic discourse through the University’s flagship annual lecture series.
Profile of Prof. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng
Prof. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng graduated from the University of Ghana Medical School in 1975 with MB, ChB degrees. He won the Easmon Prize in Surgery.
After housemanship at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, he served as a Medical Officer at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, where he was also a demonstrator in Gross Anatomy at the School of Medical Sciences from 1977-1978.
He had his post-graduate studies at the Hannover Medical University, Hannover, Germany and qualified as general, cardiothoracic and vascular surgeon.
He subsequently worked as a consultant cardiothoracic surgeon and was one of the pioneers of the heart transplantation programme in Hannover, where he also taught both undergraduate and postgraduate Thorax, Cardio-thoracic and Vascular Surgery.
He performed the first of scores of heart transplantations in 1985. At the time he was recognized worldwide as the first black person to have performed a heart transplant.
He performed the first Heart-Lung Transplant in Hannover in November 1988.
Prof. Frimpong-Boateng returned home in 1989 to establish the National Cardiothoracic Centre and the Ghana Heart Foundation.
He joined the University of Ghana Medical School in the year 2000 and was promoted Associate Professor of Surgery the same year and a Full Professor in 2002.
Prof Frimpong-Boateng is past CEO of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, past President of the Ghana Red Cross Society and past Chairman of the Public Utility Regulatory Commission (PURC).
He established the National Cardiothoracic Centre at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital and was its founding Director.
Currently, he is the President of the Ghana Heart Foundation.
Professor Frimpong-Boateng was also the Head of Surgery at the University of Ghana Medical School.
Story by: universnewsroom.com with additional files from ug.edu.gh