Anthony Akobeng, MD is a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Weill Cornell Medical College and a Senior Attending Physician in Pediatric Gastroenterology at the Sidra Medical & Research Centre. He received his MB ChB degree at the University of Ghana and his MD and MPH degrees from the University of Manchester, UK. He completed his residency and fellowship training in the UK and holds a UK Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training in both Pediatrics and Pediatric Gastroenterology. He is a Fellow of the UK Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, a Fellow of the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons, a Member of the European Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, and a Member of the British Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition.
He has extensive experience in looking after children and adolescents with gastrointestinal disorders and enjoys an excellent national and international reputation as an expert in gastrointestinal diseases in general, and in inflammatory bowel disease in particular. His research interests are multi-disciplinary and clinically oriented. He has been the principal investigator or co-investigator for a number of primary and secondary research programs. He has collaborated with regional, national, and international researchers on a number of projects including randomized controlled trials and has published widely.
He is a longstanding advocate of evidence-informed health decision-making and have collaborated with national and international researchers to produce systematic reviews and other synthesised research evidence in important clinical areas such as nutritional management of IBD, use of tumor necrosis factor-alpha antagonists in IBD, use of 5-aminosalysylates in Crohn’s disease, and the role of breastfeeding and Vitamin D in reducing the risk of childhood disorders. As an Editor of the Cochrane Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders Review Group, he supports the editorial evaluation of Cochrane reviews and contributes to the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, a frequently cited key resource. He has been a frequent invited speaker and moderator at several national and international meetings.