Dr. Olutayo Sogunro

Olutayo was born in Lagos, Nigeria and grew up in both Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and New Britain, CT. She knew she wanted to be a physician and surgeon from a very young age. She has been very active in public and women’s health early on, being the first Health Education Coordinator on her campus Women’s Center where she organized events and programs throughout her undergraduate career. She graduated cum laude from Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, CT with her B.S. in Biology and minor in Psychology. She graduated college a year early and earned her Master’s degree in Biology during her year off and enrolled in medical school at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM-Virginia) in Blacksburg, VA. She completed her general surgery training in Toledo, OH. She currently practices as an Acute Care and Trauma Surgeon back in her home state of Connecticut.

She loves to teach medicine and surgery. In residency, she developed a surgical clerkship curriculum for rotating 3 and 4th year medical students which was supported by and adopted by the office of Graduate Medical Education as the official curriculum required by all students that rotate at her training institution in surgery. She is an Assistant Professor of Surgery and teaches medical students regularly and engages in activities with medical student clubs and organizations. Her academic pursuits include research in which she has published and presented many IRB-original research projects as well as quality improvement and case reports. Her research has won her multiple awards on the national and regional level.

She believes education should be the great equalizer for opportunity. So she started and self-funds an online educational platform called The Due Influence
(www.thedueinfluence.com) designed to encourage, empower, and influence students to get into the careers and professions of their dreams. She is a national mentor for the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons and mentors a handful of future physicians. She continues to give back to her community in various ways. Through her platform of The Due Influence and medical student group collaboration, she helped organized a Covid Relief Drive (https://youtu.be/zsYJx32dpQ0) in Bridgeport, CT providing 700 bags of relief items, educational material, and over 25lbs of food boxes to the local community in need. She also volunteers her time and participates in international medical missions to Honduras, El Salvador, Belize, and the Dominican Republic.

Her medical interests include breast cancer, colon cancer, and health disparities in minority populations. The latter of which, she teamed up with the Dean of her medical school to form a Health Disparities panel on various topics in healthcare such as colon cancer, maternal fetal mortality, and breast cancer to encourage an open atmosphere for these difficult discussions. Her interests outside of medicine include candle making, all things arts and crafts, and baking.

Professional webpage: https://drolutayosogunro.weebly.com

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