Dr. Olawale Sulaiman (Wale Sulaiman) completed a combined MD/MSc degree at Medical University, Varna, Bulgaria in Europe. His interests in Nerve and Spinal cord injury and regeneration research led him to the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada where he also completed a PhD in Neurosciences. He completed his Neurosurgery residency at University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He is board-certified in Neurosurgery by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and completed two world-renowned clinical fellowships in both complex nerve reconstruction (Louisiana State University) and complex spine surgery (Medical College of Wisconsin).
In addition to his clinical expertise, Dr. Sulaiman has extensive research experience in both nerve and spinal cord injury and regeneration, and has authored several peer reviewed publications and book chapters in these areas. He runs a nerve/spinal cord regeneration translational research laboratory at Ochsner. Currently, Dr. Sulaiman is a member of The Spine Center, Ochsners new comprehensive approach to patients with spine disorders.
Olawale Sulaiman Full Biography and Profile
Dr. Olawale Sulaiman, MD is a Professor of Neurosurgery and Spine Surgery. As the System Chairman of the department of Neurosurgery at Ochsner Health System in New Orleans, Louisiana, he has been instrumental in making it one of the top 5% programs in the USA, #1 in Louisiana, and #23 in the country by US News and World Report. He serves as the Co-Medical Director of the Ochsner Neuroscience Institute and the Medical Director of the most comprehensive Spine Center in the region.
Prof. Sulaiman is recognized as one of the best spine surgeons in the USA and is skilled in the application of minimally invasive techniques to treat spinal disorders. With a PhD in Neuroscience, he is actively involved in neuroscience research and heads the Laboratory for Neural Regeneration at Ochsner Medical Center.
Professor Sulaiman is a renowned leader in healthcare, and a member of the American College of Physician Executives. His broad range of experiences have earned him recognition locally, nationally, and internationally. For over the past decade, he has been actively involved in improving the quality of healthcare in Nigeria.
He has used his influence and expertise to bring modern neurosurgery and spine care to several neurosurgery practices (both at private hospitals and government teaching hospitals) in the country. Prof. Sulaiman is currently Ochsner’s Medical Director of International Medicine for the African Region.
As a well-respected thought leader on the country’s healthcare challenges, Prof. Sulaiman acts as an advisor to Nigerian ministries of health at the state and federal levels. He founded RNZ Global with the belief that, “There are a tremendous number of brilliant Nigerians in diaspora who will significantly contribute to raising the standard of healthcare in Nigeria.”
Olawale Sulaima Contributions
Neurosurgeon Olawale Sulaiman, MD, PhD, of New Orleans-based Ochsner Health System performed over 500 free spine surgeries in his home country of Nigeria, according to Nigerian news website Legit. Dr. Sulaiman negotiated a 15 percent salary cut so he could travel to Nigeria every month for seven to 10 days to provide free spine care.
His medical missions to Nigeria began in 2010. In the last five years he has performed over 500 surgeries and provided preventative medicine to more than 5,000 people while OHS has supported his missions by sending supplies.
Olawale Sulaiman Area on Interest
Dr. Olawale Sulaiman’s areas of interest include:
- Peripheral Nerve
- Neurocritical Care
- General Neurosurgery
- Neurosurgical Spine Surgery
Olawale Sulaima Education and Degrees
Wale Sulaiman College & Residency
Medical University of Varna, Medical School, University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Wale Sulaiman Certifications & Licensure
- LA State Medical License, Active through 2018
Wale Sulaiman Awards, Honors & Recognitions
- CMS Stage 1 EHR, 2012
- CMS Stage 1 EHR, 2013
Wale Sulaiman Publications
- A decline in glial cell-line-derived neurotrophic factor expression is associated with impaired regeneration after long-term Schwann cell denervation. Höke, A., Gordon, T., Zochodne, D. W., Sulaiman, O. A.
- Midline minimally invasive placement of spinal cord stimulators: a technical note. Valle-Giler EP Sulaiman WA
Wale Sulaiman Internship
University of Manitoba Hospitals, Winnipeg, Canada
LSU Hospitals, New Orleans, Louisiana and Medical College of Wisconsin, Froodtert Hospital