Al O. Giwa, LLB MD MBA MBE FAAEM
AAEM Activities (past five years)
Attended 2021 AAEM Leadership Academy Program
Academic Affairs Committee
Clinical Practice Committee
Ethics Committee Chair
MEMC Abstract Reviewer
Oral Board Review Course Examiner
It would be an honor to serve on the BOD of AAEM. I graduated from the University of Ilorin with a law degree, studied Philosophy at Clark University, and attended Columbia University for medical school, with the original intent of becoming a bioethics professor. Along the way, I started and led several companies to include a healthcare, legal, and management consulting firm based in NYC. I obtained an MBA from GWU, and while faculty at the Icahn School of Medicine and as a member of the healthcare ethics consult service, I obtained a masters of science in bioethics from the combined Clarkson University/Icahn School of Medicine program.
Like many of you, I joined AAEM (serving on the International and the Clinical Practice Committees) to become part of an organization that truly cared about all EPs. As a former attorney and member of the Legal Committee, I relish in being part of a group that advocates for all EPs and uses its influence to right some of the wrongs in our respective practices. To that end, I felt a moral pulse needed to be demonstrated by the organization, and I successfully lobbied for the creation of the first Ethics Committee, to which I have the honor of serving as its founding Chair. In that role, I have helped to create position statements and codes of ethics that will propel AAEM to the forefront of forward-thinking ethical organizations. I have leveraged my years as a leader, both as a civilian and in the military to educate current and future leaders on the role ethics plays in achieving leadership success.
I was most recently an Associate Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, but have taken a position leading COVID disaster response under FEMA’s auspices, given my unfortunate first-hand knowledge of the COVID crisis in New York and as an author of several papers on the disease. As a member of the military I am the Command Surgeon for the US Army Innovation Command and head of medical innovation, and have led and taught several units on the importance of ethical and equitable leadership and behavior; leading the Equal Opportunity Liaison role in my previous unit and teaching on Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention. I am currently preparing for a combat deployment in support of current US objectives.
Having the diversity of thought from my legal, medical, business, ethics, and military backgrounds will provide a needed source of knowledge and experience to help better reflect the diverse membership of the Academy.