He was initially drawn to the field, and particularly to endoscopy, while in medical school at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. After earning an MPH in Quantitative Methods at Harvard and then spending two years as a research coordinator at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, he moved on to a residency program at the University of Minnesota, where his interest deepened.
The more time he spent around gastroenterology fellows and attendings, the more he “fell in love” with the specialty–and his time IU has only reinforced that, he said.
“This is a fantastic training program with excellent teachers; great exposure to various gastroenterology conditions; a warm collegial atmosphere; and is home to the largest volume pancreaticobiliary center in North America, which is my particular area of interest now,” he said.
The feeling is mutual: Obaitan’s colleagues and mentors in the program are just as enthusiastic about him.
“He is a wonderful clinician and even more a wonderful person,” said Nabil Fayad, MD, director of the gastroenterology and hepatology fellowship program. “He is a model physician–he always has a positive attitude, and never complains even in the most difficult circumstances.”
Evan Fogel, MD, who is Obaitan’s faculty adviser, described him as “a joy to work with.”
“He is bright, caring, charismatic, a quick learner, and always willing to take the extra step to ensure a good outcome for his patients,” Fogel said.