Oluyinka O. Olutoye, MD, PhD

Dr. Olutoye

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In his role as Surgeon-in-Chief, Dr. Olutoye leads one of the largest children’s hospital surgery departments in the world. Through his leadership of 11 surgical departments, Dr. Olutoye works to advance Nationwide Children’s common mission, philosophy and approach to excellence in patient care, dedication to outstanding clinical outcomes, commitment to academic excellence and education of the next generation of leaders in children’s surgery.

Dr. Olutoye has also been appointed professor and the E. Thomas Boles Jr. chair of pediatric surgery at The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Medicine.

Prior to joining Nationwide Children’s, Dr. Olutoye served as co-director of the Fetal Center and the immediate past president of the medical staff at Texas Children’s Hospital. At Baylor College of Medicine, also in Houston, TX, he was a tenured Professor of Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Pediatrics, and chair of the Faculty Senate. As a pediatric and fetal surgeon, he brings specialized clinical expertise in fetal and neonatal surgery. Fetal surgeons work closely with obstetricians and maternal-fetal medicine specialists to provide exceptional care for babies who need surgery in-utero and to improve outcomes for a range of conditions such as congenital diaphragmatic hernia, spina bifida and other congenital anomalies.

In addition to his clinical expertise, Dr. Olutoye also leads an established research program focused on the role of the inflammatory response in scarless fetal wound healing, in-utero correction of severe congenital malformations, and the early detection of necrotizing enterocolitis in preterm infants. 

Dr. Olutoye received his medical degree from Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Nigeria, and earned his PhD in anatomy from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. He completed his residency in general surgery at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals, Virginia Commonwealth University, and his fellowships in pediatric and fetal surgery at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in Philadelphia, PA.

He is certified by the American Board of Surgery in Surgery and Pediatric Surgery. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the West African College of Surgeons. Dr. Olutoye is a member of the American Surgical Association, the American Pediatric Surgical Association and past president of the International Fetal Medicine and Surgery Society.

Academic and Clinical Areas

Date of Appointment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital: 08/01/2019

Board Certifications
  • General Surgery
  • Pediatric Surgery
Fellowship Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Date Completed: 06/30/2001
Fellowship Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Date Completed: 06/30/1999
Residency Medical College of Virginia Health Systems Date Completed: 06/30/1998
Residency Medical College of Virginia Health Systems Date Completed: 06/30/1993
Internship Howard University Hospital Date Completed: 06/30/1991
Internship Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) Date Completed: 10/30/1989
Medical School Obafemi Awolowo University Medical School Date Completed: 12/01/1988
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General Pediatric Surgery

Meet Oluyinka Olutoye, MD, PhD

In addition to being the Chief of Surgery at Nationwide Children's, Dr. Olutoye is a pioneer in the surgical and medical treatments that improve outcomes for both mother and baby. As a pediatric and fetal surgeon, Dr. Olutoye brings specialized clinical expertise in fetal and neonatal surgery.