By Barbara Baidoo
Dr Nicholas Ossei-Gerning is a Consultant Intervention Cardiologist, Professor of Practice at the University of Wales, and Professor Cardiol and Pudendolgy UC (Ghana).
Throughout his career he has made ground-breaking advances within medicine including being one of the first to pioneer a new technique (pudendal stenting) to assist with Erectile Dysfunction. He famously travelled to Ghana to save the life of a man he had never met after he saw his angiogram. Dr Ossei-Gerning knew that no hospital in Ghana had the correct facilities to perform the lifesaving operation, so selflessly travelled to Ghana with his tools and underwent the operation with little resources and successfully saved the patient who doctors had believed was to die.
For his voluntary work and contribution to medicine, Dr Nicholas Ossei-Gerning has been nominated for the GUBA Professional of the Year award. GUBA speaks to Dr Nicholas Ossei-Gerning to find out more about his work.
Congratulations on your nomination for the Professional of the Year Award! How do you feel about it?
It is always a great honour to be nominated for any award, and this one in particular. However, I am acutely aware of the fact that such a nomination would not be remotely possible without the help of others. Thus, although I feel very excited and very happy about the nomination, the overwhelming feeling is that of humility. I have genuinely, never been involved in any projects with the view to receive an award. I am grateful to those who feel our work deserves any attention.
Tell us a little about yourself and what you do
As well as being a Professor of Practice at the University of Wales, and Professor Cardiol and Pudendolgy UC in Ghana), I have been a consultant cardiologist for over 18 years and an interventional cardiologist for over 12 years.
I am passionate about educating all on subjects such as diabetes, hypertension and the heart and travelling around the world delivering education talks and training to medical professionals and students.
Why would you say you deserve to win?
I really don’t think I deserve to win anything. This is not some false humility. I have always believed in “simply getting on with the job”. If others feel I deserve an award, I am grateful and humbled. Whilst I have always strived for perfection in my work (often failing), it is up to others to judge, whether I have achieved the highest standards, that I set for myself, and my team.
What motivates you and your work?
As a Christian, this is very simple. “Do you work heartily as unto the Lord, and not to men, for it is Christ whom you are serving, and from whom, you will receive a reward” Col 3; 23-24.
What are your thoughts on the GUBA Awards?
The idea of the GUBA Awards, which seeks to recognise the excellence of Ghanaians in the UK, takes on great significance in the world we live in today. I completely endorse this project.
Are you involved in any other projects?
I am currently involved in several academic projects, but the one I am currently most passionate about is a campaign to clean up the Ashanti Effiduasi District of Ghana. Following a recent visit to my mother (Queen Mother of the District), I was appalled at the sheer scale of rubbish everywhere.
With the assistance of teenage students from the area, we went into the town centre with brooms and black bags to clean it up whilst spreading the message, “cleanliness is next to godliness”. I am currently seeking to fund dust-bins to be placed in the town, and promote educational programs.
Dr Nicholas Ossei-Gerning has been nominated for the Professional of the Year Award. To cast your vote, visit http://www.gubaawards.co.uk/voting/professional-award/