Home Institution: Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital
Fellowship Site: Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano, Nigeria
Research Topic: Determinants of priapism and associated reproductive health challenges in Nigerian men with sickle cell disease
Dr. Idris will spend his fellowship year at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital in Kano under the mentorship of Michael DeBaun, MD, Adetola Kassim, MBBS, Sagir Ahmed, MBBS, Arthur Burnett, MD, and Sharfuddeen A. Mashi, MBBS. His research will focus on the determinants of priapism and associated reproductive health challenges in Nigerian men with sickle cell disease (SCD).
Dr. Idris is a board certified in both hematology and blood transfusion by the National Post-graduate Medical College of Nigeria. He has a medical degree from Bayero University Kano in Nigeria. In 2014, he won a competitive scholarship to acquire an MPH in epidemiology from Texas A&M University (received in 2016). He was also a Vanderbilt Institute for Re-search Development & Ethics (VIRDE) scholar in 2018. His main career goal is to become a leading physician-scientist advancing practice to address the reproductive health challenges of men with SCD. This career choice was influenced by a personal experience of losing a friend and medical school classmate to a major complication of SCD (stroke).
Dr. Idris is currently involved, as a co-investigator, in two international and multidisciplinary studies: 1) to assess the cardiac phenotypes of SCD (funded by NHLBI); and 2) to develop optimal stroke prevention strategies in young adults with SCD in Nigeria (funded by Afolabi Foundation).