Dr. Sade Kosoko-Lasaki
I don’t remember how I found Dr. Kosoko-Lasaki on the internet, but I am glad I did. I emailed her asking to meet with her and she responded graciously. I met her at her office at Creighton University where she is the Associate Vice Provost of the Health Sciences Multicultural and Community Affairs (HS-MACA) department. She is a tenured Professor of Surgery (Ophthalmology) and Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the Creighton University School of Medicine. She is also Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Center for Promoting Health & Health Equality. As I sat there talking to her, I wanted to absorb everything that she said, she taught me so many lessons in that hour that I spent with her.
Dr. Kosoko-Lasaki is a dynamite and has accomplished so much in her 40+ year career. She is passionate about what she does and despite numerous obstacles along the way, persisted and made a name for herself in her discipline. She completed her medical school in Nigeria and completed training in Ophthalmology at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. She then migrated to the United States and completed another residency at Howard University and a subspecialty fellowship in Glaucoma at Johns Hopkins University. She is a wife and mother of 3, a stepmother of 3, and a grandmother of 3. She has been awarded multimillion dollar grants for her research initiatives. She is author to 2 major textbooks in Ophthalmology and has authored multiple book chapters as well as numerous papers for publication. Her CV is 24 pages long! She is the epitome of an academic surgeon powerhouse.
She has a passion for eliminating health care disparities and has won multiple national and international awards for her research in Glaucoma as well as in minority health development. Part of her research has been focused on increasing minorities in the health care workforce. At Creighton University, she oversees the recruitment of disadvantaged students to the health sciences, and mentors these students to retain them. Dr. Kosoko-Lasaki has lectured around the country and world on cultural proficiency and health disparity issues, focusing on the promotion of “pipeline programs” that prepare and support disadvantaged students from grade 4 through health professional schools so they can become successful health care providers.
She served as a consultant for the United Nations Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF), United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Helen Keller International in West African countries, Caribbean and Asia. She expanded her outreach efforts to the Dominican Republic doing screenings for glaucoma, eye surgeries and combating childhood Vitamin A Deficiency and Glaucoma. She was instrumental in creating Glaucoma Initiative in the U.S Virgin Islands, Nigeria, Rural Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas with the screening of over 20,000 individuals. I could go on and on about her accomplishments. She is an amazing woman and I am proud to call her my mentor.