Who I Am
My name is adedayo Joseph (I always write my first name in lower case), and I am a clinical radiation oncologist. That means I am a specialized physician who treats cancer with chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
I am a passionate and committed woman, doctor, oncologist and I give 100% to everything I do.
I am the daughter of two teachers, raised in a home where nothing was as important as education and academic excellence. It is no surprise then that I am a lifelong learner, committed to daily growth, improvement, knowledge and new experiences; and when I am not learning, I am seeking for ways to teach and invest in someone else’s growth and progress.
My ultimate goal is to help people live their best life, whether this means getting the best available care for a cancer they’ve been diagnosed with, sharing secrets on delivering top results at work, or figuring out the best rhythm at being a great full-time mother.
I am an avid reader, known to all for my love of reading & studying. Outside of work, I love history, old movies, and enjoy travelling for conferences and discovering new places.
What I Believe
I live by my three personal values: Integrity | Clarity | Excellence
I bring my values to everything I do at work or at home. My work has often brought me in contact with people who are facing the big question: “What is the point of life?”. These interactions are what inspired me to dig deep to pursue my goal, purpose and passion in life; and I have never looked back.
In the clinic, a classroom or a conference venue, the work I do is dedicated to ensuring that every individual has a chance to attain their full potential and deliver value to the society. That means improving childhood cancer survival rates, helping healthcare professionals derive and deliver the most value from/in their work, working with women to create a fulfilled and happy rhythm in their work and lives.
It means working with organizations to provide cancer treatment facilities, working with my government leaders to create and implement cancer control plans. It means treating people diagnosed with cancer and working hard to help them survive or sometimes even, sadly, to make their last days free of pain.
Everything I do, is wrapped up in my passion for excellence.
My favorite quote is this one by Cicero in his philosophical writing De Officiis: “non nobis solum nati sumus” (Not for ourselves alone are we born). The full line reads: “non nobis solum nati sumus ortusque nostri partem patria vindicat, partem amici”: Not for us alone are we born; our country, our friends, have a share in us.
What I Do
My work centers on community oncology practice in a LMIC, delivering treatment to a wide range of cancers, especially the cancers most common in people of West African origin. These include (but are not limited to) Breast, Prostate, Gynecological (Cervical, Endometrial, Vulvar), GIT (Colorectal, Gastric, Esophageal, Pancreatic), Pediatric (cancer in children and adolescents), and Head & Neck Cancers.
While I do treat a wide range of malignant conditions, my areas of special interest are caners that affect women and children, as well as developing hypofractionated radiation therapy techniques and regimens that help maximize resources in a resource-constrained society.
I am a Consulting Clinical Radiation Oncologist, as well as the Research Program Director with the NSIA-LUTH Cancer Center of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital; an emerging cancer center of excellence in Nigeria; West Africa; and have worked with or consulted for, some of the foremost cancer care and healthcare institutions in Nigeria such as Lakeshore Cancer Center, Lagoon Hospitals, Evercare Hospitals Ltd., and more.
I am, and will always be a clinician at heart, I however also work with the Federal Ministry of Health National Cancer Control Committee, as well as with organizations and individuals looking to set up independent cancer treatment centers, or oncology units within an existing hospital. I am a founding board member with The Pediatric Center, a leading children’s hospital in Lekki, Lagos Nigeria; and a founding board member of Fortesoft Systems, a leading Information Technology Education company in Nigeria.
I am the founder, and an active board member of The Dorcas Cancer Foundation; a non-profit organization working hard to improve pediatric cancer survival in Nigeria through efforts in research, early detection, diagnosis, and treatment.
I am an active member of several national and international oncology & non-profit organizations; a passionate promoter of women’s health and related issues, the evolution of medical education, and cancer control in Nigeria. I mentor several young women and men in both medical and non-medical fields.
While my most overarching passion will remain in the cancer care and control space; I am almost as deeply invested in education as I am in oncology, and I have many ties to the education industry. I am a board member with Providence Schools Iju Lagos; a low-cost school dedicated to providing world standard education at very affordable costs to the average Nigerian family. I am a board member of Fortesoft Systems, exclusive partners of NIIT in Lagos Nigeria; an organization working to empower the Nigerian youth with skills that enable them to deliver and derive value in the modern global market. I am a member of the StreetstoClick project, an education initiative providing free Information Technology training to unemployed and financially constrained individuals between the ages of 16 and 30 years. I am a regular conference speaker and lecturer with many appearances at teachers and education professional trainings and events.
When I am not working or reading; I am writing. I have written articles and books addressing cancer-related topics. My book ‘ Cancer in Children: A Handbook’, is the first of its kind written for caregivers and healthcare professionals living and working with children diagnosed with cancer in West Africa. I have also worked with The Dorcas Cancer Foundation to create a small handbook, Cancer in Children, an educational pamphlet for patients that has been adopted in the pediatric units of five tertiary hospitals in the country. I am also the author of The Best Life Workbook; the complimenatry handbook for The Best Life Coaching Program, designed to equip women with tools to find and fulfil their life’s purpose while maintaining a healthy work life balance.
I travel the country teaching on Cancer Awareness & Screening and Work-Life Balance for women. My Best Life Series program is very popular with women in the workplace.
I am a recipient of multiple awards including the GLI Excellence in Leadership Award, the Her Network Woman of the Year Awards for Philanthropy and Medicine, the Golden Heart Award for efforts & contributions to childhood cancer survival in Nigeria; the LAIT Foundation Education Award; the 2018 True Heroes Award, the UCSNY Leadership in Excellence Award, and the AORTIC African Cancer Leaders Initiative Award.