SF424(R&R) Biographical Sketch Format Page

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Seffah, Joseph D.
Associate Professor, Dept. of Obst/Gynae, UGMS
Deputy Provost, College of Health Sciences,
University of Ghana
eRA COMMONS USER NAME (credential, e.g., agency login)
EDUCATION/TRAINING (Begin with baccalaureate or other initial professional education, such as nursing, include postdoctoral training and
residency training if applicable.)
(if applicable)
Prempeh College
University of Ghana Medical School (UGMS)
Korle Bu Teaching Hospital
Geneva University-Switzerland
GLOSTRUP Hospital Copenhagen, Denmark
John Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA
Galilee International Institute, ISRAEL
Fellow of West African
College of Surgeons
Reproductive Medicine
and Biology
ate, elective
Maternal-Fetal Medicine
International Health
Management Course
Obstetrics and
A. Personal Statement
I have been a medical practitioner since 1982 when I graduated from the University of Ghana Medical School.
After specializing in Obstetrics/Gynecology in 1994, I have continued to work at the Korle Bu Teaching hospital
in Accra, and have, in addition, joined the faculty of the University of Ghana Medical School since 1997.
Currently, I am an associate professor in the medical school . As medical school faculty, I am involved in
clinical practice, teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students, and conducting research. My research
interests have been in the areas of ultrasonography, fetal monitoring and women’s health. I have gained a lot
of experience through attachment programs at the Departments of Obs/Gyn in Johns Hopkins University, the
University of Michigan, Geneva University in Switzerland, and the Glostrup Hospital in Denmark.
I have 40 peer reviewed journal papers to my credit and have also coauthored one handbook in Gynecology
and contributed several book chapters. I am the Editor in Chief of the Postgraduate Journal of Ghana, and a
frequent reviewer of some international journals such as the International J. of Gynecology and Obstetrics and
the Ghana Medical Journal.
I have mentored many undergraduate and postgraduate students – Ghanaians and foreigners including the
MHIRT project trainees. I enjoy assisting undergraduate and postgraduate students in carrying out research
in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.
B. Positions and Honors
Housemanship in General Surgery and Paediatrics, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital
Medical Officer, Tetteh Quarshie Memorial, Hospital, Mampong-Akwapim E/R
Postgraduate, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Specialist, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Senior Lecturer, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
2005-present Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Vice Dean of Postgraduate Studies, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Deputy Provost of College of Health Sciences
Chairman of Faculty of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the West African College of Surgeons.
Other Qualifications:
MD Research programme of the University of Ghana
Professional Memberships:
1982-present GMA (Ghana Medical Association)
1994-present SOGOG (Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Ghana)
1996-present SOFIGO (Society of the Friends of International Gynaecologists and Obstetricians)
Oncology Committee, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital
IGCC, GHANA MEDICAL SCHOOL (Income Generation and Consultancy Committee)
C. Selected Peer-reviewed Publications
1. Adanu RM, Hill AG, Seffah JD, Darko R, Anarfi JK, Duda RB. Secular trends in menarcheal age among
Ghanaian women in Accra. J Obstet Gynaecol. 2006 Aug;26(6):550-4.
2. Duda RB, Kim MP, Darko R, Adanu RM, Seffah J, Anarfi JK, Hill AG. Results of the Women's Health Study
of Accra: assessment of blood pressure in urban women. Int J Cardiol. 2007 Apr 12;117(1):115-22. Epub
2006 Aug 2.
3. Seffah JD, Kwame-Aryee RA. Emergency peripartum hysterectomy in the nulliparous patient. Int J
Gynaecol Obstet. 2007 Apr;97(1):45-6. Epub 2007 Feb 21.
4. Kwame-Aryee R, Kwakye A, Seffah J. Peripartum hysterectomies at the Korle-Bu teaching hospital: a
review of 182 consecutive cases. Ghana Med J. 2007 Sep;41(3):133-8.
5. Duda RB, Jumah NA, Hill AG, Seffah J, Biritwum R. Assessment of the ideal body image of women in
Accra, Ghana. Trop Doct. 2007 Oct;37(4):241-4.
6. Hill AG, Darko R, Seffah J, Adanu RM, Anarfi JK, Duda RB. Health of urban Ghanaian women as identified
by the Women's Health Study of Accra. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2007 Nov;99(2):150-6. Epub 2007 Jul 12.
7. Seffah JD, Adanu RM. Sonographic findings in women with complications after hysterectomy. Int J
Gynaecol Obstet. 2008 Feb;100(2):160-2. Epub 2007 Oct 25.
8. Adanu RM, Hill AG, Seffah JD, Darko R, Anarfi JK, Duda RB. Sexually transmitted infections and health
seeking behaviour among Ghanaian women in Accra. Afr J Reprod Health. 2008 Dec;12(3):151-8.
9. Seffah JD, Kwame-Aryee RA, Adanu RM, Munumi K, Awotwi EK. Indications for gynecologic surgery and
their implications for sexual function in menopausal women. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2008 Dec;103(3):203-6.
Epub 2008 Sep 23.
10. Adanu RM, Seffah JD, Hill AG, Darko R, Duda RB, Anarfi JK. Contraceptive use by women in Accra,
Ghana: results from the 2003 Accra Women's Health Survey. Afr J Reprod Health. 2009 Mar;13(1):123-33.
11. Danso K, Schwandt H, Turpin C, Seffah J, Samba A, Hindin M. Preference of Ghanaian women for vaginal
or caesarean delivery postpartum. Ghana Med J. 2009 Mar;43(1):29-33.
12. Seffah JD, Adanu RM. Obstetric ultrasonography in low-income countries. Clin Obstet Gynecol. 2009
13. Adanu RM, Seffah JD, Duda R, Darko R, Hill A, Anarfi J. Clinic visits and cervical cancer screening in
Accra. Ghana Med J. 2010 Jun;44(2):59-63.
14. Duda RB, Anarfi JK, Adanu RM, Seffah J, Darko R, Hill AG. The health of the "older women" in Accra,
Ghana: results of the Women's Health Study of Accra. J Cross Cult Gerontol. 2011 Sep;26 (3):299-314.
15. Adanu RM, Seffah J, Anarfi JK, Lince N, Blanchard K. Sexual and reproductive health in Accra, Ghana.
Ghana Med J. 2012 Jun;46(2):58-65.
D. Research Support (ongoing and completed for the past 3 years)
Funded or non-Funded(?)
Research Grant ( non-funded)
Seffah, J (PI)
Foetal monitoring-antenatal and intra-partum using clinical, ultrasound and cardiotochograph
Research Grant (non-funded)
Seffah, J (PI)
Foetal growth in women with sickle cell disease
Research Grant ( Korle Bu Teaching Hosp/Ghana Government Project)
Prevention of Maternal to Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital
Role: Consultant in charge at Dept of Obs/Gyn
Research Grant (funded by Univ of Michigan)
Sleep disorders in pregnant women with hypertension
A collaborative study with the University of Michigan, USA
Seffah, J 2010-present
Research Grant ( funded by Univ of Michigan)
Seffah, J. Anderson F (PI)
Cardiotochographic findings in high risk pregnancies: hypertension, diabetes, sickle cell disorders.