(Anatomic Pathology and Forensic Medicine)


1Prof. A. N. Olu-EdoProfessorMBBS, FWACP
2Prof. V. J. EkanemProfessorMBBCH, MSc, MHPM, FMCPath, FCPath(ECSA)
3Prof. D. E. ObasekiProfessorMBBS, FMCPath
4Prof. (Mrs.) E. E. UgiagbeProfessorMBBS, FMCPath,
5Dr. (Mrs) M. O. UdohSenior Lecturer IMBBS, FMCPath,
6Dr. G. D. Forae Senior LecturerMBBS, FMCPath,
7Dr. I. ObahiagbonSenior LecturerMBBS, FMCPath,
8Dr. D. E. ImasogieSenior LecturerMBBS, FMCPath,


9.Mr D.N OsaghaeSenior Med. Lab. ScientistBMLS
10.Mrs. Amayo OmonoSenior Lab. AssistantSSCE, GCE
11.H. Olorunfunmilayo (Miss)Senior Lab. AssistantSSCE, Cert. in Computer, WAEC


13.O.S. Oboh (Mrs.)Principal Exec. Officer IWASC, GCE, Bsc (Acct)

Brief History

Pathology is a very diversified and all-embracing subject. It comprises Morbid Anatomy (Pathology), microbiology, haematology and chemical pathology}, which are distinct disciplines themselves.

Anatomic Pathologists work in close concert with clinical colleagues, providing consultancy service to surgeons, physicians, paediatricians, general practitioners, obstetricians and gynaecologists. Effective provision of histopathological services is predicated upon clear mutual two-way communication between the pathologist and his or her clinical colleagues, which engenders the provision of timely, accurate and high quality service by the pathologist.

For a long time after its inception in 1972, the pathology division remained as one department under one administrative headship. Pathology along with the other arms that make up the pathology division became separate autonomous and full-fledged departments in June 1979 in order to make room for the much desired growth and development of the discipline.

The pioneer head of the department was Dr. Elassi, and subsequent heads of the department are: Prof. Ambrose Alli, Dr. Aghahowa, Prof. E. G. Olisa, Prof. J.U. Aligbe, Prof. Olu-Eddo, Prof. V.J. Ekanem, Prof D.E. Obaseki, Prof. E.E. Ugiagbe and Dr. G. D. Forae the current head of department.

Mission and Vision Statement

Aims and Objectives

At the end of the course in anatomic pathology and forensic medicine, the student should have acquired the knowledge, skills and abilities that will enable him to:

  1. Describe the gross structural and functional changes produced by disease in the human body.
  2. Describe the microscopic changes in tissues and organs of the human body induced by disease in so far as these changes aid in explaining the disturbances of functions or die nature of the disease process.
  3. Describe the aetiological factors of these pathological changes.
  4. Obtain samples for histological, cytological, chemical, microbiological, haematological and other testes, identify abnormalities and derangements from the normal range and discuss their probable significance.
  5. Perform the common diagnostic laboratory procedures performed in a side laboratory by a general medical practitioner working alone.
  6. Perform autopsy on the human body, identify probable causes of death, and obtain material to be sent for further specialist tests.
  7. Describe the morphological appearance (gross and microscopic), staining properties, metabolic activities, virulence, routes of entrance to the human body, mode of action, sensitivity and resistance of microorganism and parasites and adverse drug reaction causing diseases with special reference to disease.

Staff Strength

  1. Prof. V.J. Ekanem (Head of Dept)
  2. Prof. (Mrs.) A. N. Olu-Eddo
  3. Prof. D. E. Obaseki (Professor) leave of abscent
  4. Dr. E.E. Ugiagbe (Professor)
  5. Dr. (Mrs.) M. O. Udoh (Senior Lecturer )
  6. Dr. G.D. Forae (Senior Lecturer )
  7. Dr. Ikponmwosa Obahigbon (Senior Lecturer )
  8. Dr. D. E. Imasogie (Senior Lecturer )

Course Structure

The discipline of Anatomic Pathology (Morbid Anatomy and Histopathology) is a specialization of Pathology that uses the knowledge of the mechanisms of disease to diagnose disorders based on the interpretation of gross and microscopic techniques in both the living and the dead. The Anatomic Pathology Department provides services for virtually all other specialists in a teaching hospital setting. Thus with the fundamental knowledge of medicine, they are able to interact and participate in patients’ management through clinicopathology and surgical pathology meetings.

Course Description

The course is to be given at 400 level, starting with IDP of 8 weeks duration and in two semesters.

1st Semester

Lectures – PATH (MAN) 301 (3 units)

Practical – PATH (MAN) 302 (3 units)

Tutorial – PATH (MAN) 303 (2 units)

PATH (MAN) 301: General Pathology

Introduction. The Pathology of the cell, aetiology of disease. Inflammation, Repairs. Degeneration. Cell death. Haernodynamics and vitamins/ nutrition disorders. Infectious disorders. Neoplasias. Immunology & immunopa-thology. Genetics/childhood disorders.

2nd Semester

Lectures – PATH (MAN) 401 (3 units)

Practical – PATH (MAN) 402 (4 units)

Tutorial – PATH (MAN) 403 (2 units)

Forensic – PATH (MAN) 403 (2 units)

PATH (MAN) 401: Systemic Pathology

Cardiovascular disorders. Respiratory system disorders. Digestive system disorders. Urogenital system disorders. Central nervous system a peripheral. Nerve disorders. Endocrine system disorders. Haematological disorders. Reticuloendothelial system including spleen disorders. Osseous system disorders. Skin disorders. Ageing disorders. Environmental/occupational.

Forensic Medicine/Pathology


The practicals and tutorials are given during the period of posting. Students learn the principles of the commonly used laboratory procedure in histopathology and cytology and as well be instructed in postmortem examination techniques including Coroner’s autopsy. Students are expected to take active part in contributing to the reaching of pathology within the clinical subjects. Attend a minimum of twenty autopsies, assist in five and write-up five. The practical in forensic medicine/pathology will include, apart from instruction in post-mortem examinations, clinical aspects of forensic medicine in general practice setting and medico-legal presentation of medical evidence in the courts.

Course No.    Credit Short Course Description

Semester 2

MAN326        3          General Pathology  Anatomy

Semester 1

MAN415        2          Systemic Pathology Practical I

MAN416        5          Systemic Pathology Lectures I

Semester 2

MAN426        2          Pathology Practicals II

Semester I

MAN516        4          Systemic Pathology Lectures III

Semester 2

MAN522        2          Systemic Practicals III

MAN526        2          Systemic Pathology Lectures IV

&Forensic Medicine


1Prof. D.E. ObasekiProfessorMBBS, FMCPath  
2Prof. A.N. Olu-EdoProfessorMBBS,FWACP(Lab.Med)   
3Prof. V. EkanemProfessorMBBCH,MSC,MHPM,FMCPath,FCPatH (ECSA)  
4Prof. Ugiagbe E.EProfessorMBBS, FMCPath [email protected]  
5Dr. G.D ForaeSenior LecturerMBBS, M.PH, MWACP,FMCPAth[email protected]
6Dr (Mrs.)Udo M.O.Senior LecturerMBBS,MHPM,MWACP,
7Dr. Ikponmwosa ObahiagbonSenior LecturerMBBS,FMCPath     
8Dr. D.E. ImasogieSenior LecturerMBBS,FMCPath,FWACP(LAB.MED.) =en