In honour of Black History Month we will be recognising notable contributions to the STEMs from people of African origin. Today we recognise Dr. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng.
Born in Ghana (1950), Dr. Frimpong-Boateng is a physician and cardiothoraic surgeon best known for establishing the National Cardiothoraic Center in Ghana and the Ghana Red Cross Society. He started off his education studying physics and mathematics with an intention to become an engineer. However upon receiving a scholarship to study in Germany, he switched to study medicine with the intention of helping patient such as his father who had died from heart injuries.
Upon completing his studies and returning to Ghana, Dr. Frimpong-Boateng became a lecturer at the Univeristy of Ghana and was promoted to assistant professor in the same year. He also set up the National Cardiothoraic Center which has been responsible for training many medical students within the west African sub region and was the first to perform open heart surgery within the country.
Over the course of his career, Dr. Frimpong-Boateng has held many positions including President of the Ghana heart Foundation and CEO of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital. He was also appointed as a fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2002. He has won many awards including one for Outstanding Contribution to National Development and the Nobles international Emminent West African award.
Aside from his medical career, Dr. Frimpong-Boateng run for the position of Presidential Candidate to lead the National Patriotic Party in 2006. He also set up the Ghana Heart Foundation, a charitable orgaisation which financially supports patients in need of cardiothoraic surgery. He also runs a small scale Ostrich farm and oversees the production of Jatropha based bio-diesel.