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Dr. Sidney Kelechi Oparah


Internal Medicine


Associate Professor


[email protected]

About Dr. Sidney Kelechi Oparah

Dr Sidney Oparah joined the services of the University of Calabar in 2010 as Lecturer 1 in the Department of Internal Medicine. He was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 2016 in the Department of Internal Medicine, where he also served as the Acting Head of Department between 2014 and 2016. Dr. Sidney K. Oparah holds an MBBS degree and a Postgraduate Medical (FMCP) degree. He has been serving in the Board of Trustees of the Neuroscience Society of Nigeria, and in a Clinical Advisory capacity to Shalina Healthcare Pharmaceuticals (Ghana) since 2018. He doubles as an Honorary Consultant Physician/ Neurologist with the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital. His areas of interests include Clinical neurology, Epileptology, stroke prevention, some aspects of Women`s health, Tropical medicine and Medical education. In the course of his services to the University, he has served in various positions of responsibility including Examinations Officer (2012 – 2014), Faculty of Medicine Representative to the Faculty of Basic Medical Science (2010 – 2014) and in various faculties, college and hospital committees. Outside the University, Dr Oparah served as External Examiner to the Ebonyi State University College of Health Sciences between 2014 and 2015.. Dr Oparah has attended and presented papers in several conferences, workshops, symposia, seminars and other update programmes in his field. He has published several scholarly papers in both local and international peer reviewed academic journals. Dr Sidney Oparah is an outstanding academic who has participated in several local and international research projects. He is serving many Journal Publishers as Reviewer. He has collaborated with many industrialists, medical practitioners and other academics in several clinical and professional projects. These researches and collaborations has taken him to different parts of the world. Dr Oparah has presented talks at different fora and outreach programmes at several times. He is a Fellow of the prestigious National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria; a member of the Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria, African Academy of Neurology, American Academy of Neurology, International League against Epilepsy, World Federation of Neurology and the Nigerian Medical Association, in addition to other academic and professional societies. He is married with children.

S/N Qualification School Atttended Started Finished
First School Leaving CertificateTowns School, Oru, Imo State19791984
Junior Secondary School CertificateEmmanuel College, Owerri, Imo State19851987
GCE O\LevelSenior Secondary School for Science, Etiti, Imo State19881990
MBBSAbia State University, Uturu, Abia State, Nigeria19901998
Fellow, Medical College of PhysiciansNational Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria, Ijanikin, Lagos State20022008

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Okpa, H.O., Effa, E.E., Oparah, S.K., Chikezie, J.A., Bisong, E.M., Mbu, P.N., & Otokpa, DE. (2019). Intradialysis blood pressure changes among chronic kidney disease patients on maintenance haemodialysis in a tertiary hospital south - south Nigeria: a 2 year retrospective study. The Pan African Medical Journal, 33: 91. doi:10.11604/pamj.2019.33.91.17000
Oparah, S.K., & Mwankon, J.P. (2019). Clinical profile of Parkinson`s Disease in Calabar, southern Nigeria. Journal of Research in Basic & Clinical Sciences. 1(1), 80 - 84 36.
Oparah, S.K., Ochigbo, S.O., & Akaba, K.O. (2019). Stroke: awareness of self-risk and superstitions among persons with sickle cell anemia in Calabar, Nigeria. East African Scholars J Med Sci, 2(1), 22-27
Oparah, S.K., Williams, U.E., & Mwankon, J.P. (2019). Epilepsy Knowledge among Medical Students of University of Calabar, Nigeria. Saudi J Med Pharm Sci. 5(1), 29-32
Oparah, S., Williams, U., & Mwankon, J. (2019). Parkinson’s Disease Presentation in Calabar, Nigeria [abstract]. Mov Disord., 34(suppl.2), 1008
Afolabi, B.M., Ezedinachi, E.N., Arikpo, I., Igri Okon, B., Meremikwu, M., Oparah, S., & Ganiyu, D.F. (2018). Self-reported Well-being and Perceived Health Status of Women in Child-Bearing Age Living in Rural Communities on the Atlantic Ocean. Diversity and Equality in Health and Care, 15(2), 46-56.
Ochigbo, S.O., Oparah, S.K., & Torty, C. (2018). Burden of Care on Caregivers of Children infected with Human Immunodeficiency Virus in Calabar, Nigeria. Int J AIDS Res. 5(3), 177-180.
Ochigbo, S.O., Torty, C., & Oparah, S. (2018). Predictors of Anxiety and Depression Among Caregivers of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Positive Children in Calabar, Nigeria. International Journal of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Education and Behavioural Science, 4(2), 52-56.
Olose, E.O., Chukwujekwu, D.C., Igwe, M.N., Aguocha, M.C., Busari, C.O., & Opara, S.K. (2018). Hyponatremia among psychiatric patients using antipsychotic medication in a tertiary hospital in South-South, Nigeria. Recent Adv Biol Med. 4, 28-32.
Williams U, Oparah S & Okpa H. (2018). Prevalence and predictors of mood and health-related quality of life impairment among patients with parkinson’s in sub-saharan neurology clinic [abstract]. Movement Disorders, 33(suppl.2), 1048
Sidney Oparah, Williams Uduak and Kalu Idika. (2018). Suicidal Ideation among Epilepsy Patients at a Sub-Saharan Health Facility in Calabar, Nigeria. Neurology, 90(15 Supplement), P6.285
Williams, U. E., Oparah, S. K., & Soter, A. (2017). Predictors of cognitive dysfunction among patients with moderate to severe chronic kidney disease. Recent Advances in Biology and Medicine, 3, 18-23
Oparah, S. K., Williams, U. E., Uhegbu, V. M., & Idika, K. A. (2017). Parkinson`s Disease in sub Saharan Africa: profile of clinical presentations at a health facility in south eastern Nigeria. IJMRP, 1(1,) 06 - 12
Afolabi, B.M., Ezedinachi, E.N.U., Okon, B.I., Meremikwu, M., Arikpo, I., Oparah, S.K., Balogun, O.S., & Olorunnisomo, G. (2017). Perception of HIV and Condom Use Among Women Living in Communities Along the Atlantic Ocean Coastline of South-west Nigeria. Journal of AIDS, 119, 113- 121
Oparah, S. K. Uhegbu, V.M, & Etokidem, A.J. (2017). Knowledge of Stroke Among At Risk Persons: A Survey of Patients At A Tertiary Hospital in Calabar, Southern Nigeria.” IOSR Journal of Dental and Medical Sciences, 16(08), 97-100
Williams U.E., Inyama, M., Ameh, S., Oparah, S.K., & Okpa, H. (2017). Neuropsychiatric Impairment among Patients with Sickle Cell Anemia. Recent Advances in Biology and Medicine, 3, 95-102
Afolabi, B.M., Ezedinachi, E.N.U., Opara, S., Arikpo, I., & Ogunwale, A. (2016). Perception of obstetric danger signs among women living on the coastline of the Atlantic ocean in rural Lagos, Nigeria. Journal of Public Health and Epidemiology, 8(1), 1 – 11
Oparah, S.K., Ubani. C.U., & Osim, E.E. (2016). Assessment of two point discrimination threshold on the thumbs of healthy adult Nigerians. Scholars Journal of Applied Medical Sciences, 4(1A), 15 – 19
Duke. R.E., Adio, A., Oparah, S.K., Odey, F., & Eyo, O. A. (2016). Evaluation of a public child eye health tertiary facility for pediatric cataract in Southern Nigeria I: Visual acuity outcome. The Open Ophthalmology Journal, 10, 119–125.
Etokidem, A., Oparah, S., Asibong, U., Ndifon, W., & Nsan, E. (2016). Assessment of the attitude of public health workers in Calabar, Cross River state of Nigeria towards people living with HIV/ AIDS using the AIDS attitude scale. Ibom Medical Journal, 9(2), 1 – 8.
Duke, R., Oparah, S., Adio, A., Eyo, O., & Odey, F. (2015). Systemic comorbidity in children with cataracts in Nigeria: Advocacy for rubella immunization. Journal of Ophthalmology, ID 927840.
Ubani, C. O., Oparah, S. K., Nwankwo, A.A., & Osim, E. E. (2015). Tactile acuity among commercial motorcyclists in Uturu, Nigeria. British Journal of Medicine & Medical Research, 7(2), 124 – 130
Williams, U. E., Philip-Ephraim, E. E., & Oparah, S. K. (2015). The utility of neuroimaging in the management of dementia. Global Journal of Medicine and Public Health, 4(4), 1- 8
Nnoli, M., Omotoso, A., & Oparah, S. (2015). Prevalence of renal lesions in southern tertiary hospital of Nigeria from 2005. Scholars Journal of Applied Medical Sciences, 3(1B), 105 – 107.
Williams, U.E., Philip-Ephraim, E.E., & Oparah, S.K. (2015). Stroke subtypes and evidence basis of thrombolysis. IOSR Journal of Dental and Medical Sciences, 14(5), 65-71
Williams, U. E., Philip-Ephraim, E. E., & Oparah, S. K. (2014). Multidisciplinary interventions in motor neuron disease. Journal of Neurodegenerative Diseases, ID 435164. doi:10.1155/2014/435164
Williams, U. E., Oparah, S. K., & Philip-Ephraim, E. E. (2014). Disease modifying therapy in multiple sclerosis. International Scholarly Research Notices, ID 307064. doi:10.1155/2014/307064
Etokidem, A.J., Asibong, U.E., & Oparah, S.K. (2014). Insecticide treated mosquito bednet ownership, use and re-treatment practices of maternal and child health clinic attendees in Calabar, Nigeria. Mary Slessor Journal of Medicine, 13(1), 12 – 25.
Ekabua, J., & Oparah, S. (2014). Diabetes mellitus in pregnancy. In E. J. Udoma and E. I. Ekanem (eds) Textbook of Clinical Obstetrics in the Tropics for undergraduate and Postgraduate students. (pp. 143 – 151). Calabar, University of Calabar Press. ISBN: 978 -007 -246 -2
Oparah, S. (2014). Neurological diseases in pregnancy. In E. J. Udoma and E. I. Ekanem (eds), Textbook of Clinical Obstetrics in the Tropics for undergraduate and Postgraduate students (pp. 152 – 156). Calabar, University of Calabar Press. ISBN: 978 -007 -246 -2
Philip-Ephraim, E.E., Kimomo, I. E., Oparah, S.K., Williams, U.E., Udonwa, N., Gyuse, A.N., & Philip-Ephraim, R. (2013). Profile of neurologic emergencies at the cccident & emergency department of a tertiary hospital in south Nigeria. Journal of Neurological Sciences (Turkish), 30(1), 72 – 80.
Oparah, S.K., & Mwankon, J. P. (2013). Spectrum of movement disorders at an outpatient neurology clinic: a 1 ½ year experience at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Calabar, Nigeria. Pioneer Medical Journal, 3(5), 14 – 17.
Oparah, S.K., Njideofor, U.N., & Ezedinachi, E.N.U. (2013). Pattern of outpatient neurological presentations at a tertiary health facility in southern Nigeria: a 2 year review at the University of Calabar teaching Hospital, Calabar, Nigeria. Pioneer Medical Journal, 3(6), 5 – 8.
Oparah, S.K., Njoku C., & Williams U. (2012). Knowledge of women`s issues in epilepsy: a survey of residents at a tertiary hospital in Calabar, Niger delta region of Nigeria. Global Journal of Medicine and Public Health, 1(5), 23 – 27.
Williams, U.E., Philip-Ephraim, E.E., & Oparah, S.K. (2012). Mood and sleep disorders among Nigerians with Parkinson`s disease (PD): A 3 month Interim report (abstract). Movement Disorders, 27(Suppl.1), 1210.
Williams, U.E., Oparah, S.K., Philip-Ephraim, E.E., Owolabi, M.O., & Ogunniyi, A. (2012). Correlates of cognitive impairment among Nigerians with stages 3 to 5 chronic kidney disease. European Journal of Neurology, 19, 539
Obiako, O.R., Oparah, S., & Ogunniyi, A. (2011). Causes of Medical Coma in Adult Patients at the University College Hospital, Ibadan Nigeria. The Nigerian Postgraduate Medical Journal, 18(1), 1 – 7.
Obiako, O.R., Oparah, S.K., & Ogunniyi, A. (2011). Prognosis and outcome of acute stroke in the University College Hospital Ibadan, Nigeria. Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice, 14(13), 359 – 362.
Philip- Ephraim, E.E., Oparah, S.K., Williams, U.E., Odigwe, C.C., & Ephraim, R.P. (2011). Pattern of neurological admissions at the intensive care unit in a tertiary hospital – a 15 year review. Mary Slessor Journal of Medicine, 11(1), 21 – 25.
Oparah, S.K., Philip-Ephraim, E., Williams, U., & Igbo, T.I. (2011). Knowledge of physicians in Cross River state ministry of health on women related issues in epilepsy. Mary Slessor Journal of Medicine, 11(1), 26 – 30.
Oparah, S.K., Philip-Ephraim, E.E., & Williams, U.E. (2011). Tetanus among medical in-patients: a five year review of seasonal pattern at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital. Mary Slessor Journal of Medicine, 11(2), 14 – 17.
Williams, U.E., Philip-Ephraim, E,E., Oparah, S., & Onwurah, C. (2011). Pattern of neurological disorders presenting at a neurology clinic in Calabar, Niger delta region of southern Nigeria. European Journal of Neurology, 18(suppl.2), 550
Ikpeme, I.A., Udosen, A.M., Ngim, N.E., Ikpeme, A.A., Amah, P., Bello, S., & Oparah, S. (2010). Footcare practices among Nigerian diabetic patients presenting with foot gangrene. African Journal of Diabetes Mellitus, 18(2), 15 – 17.
Oparah, S.K., Philip-Ephraim, E., & Williams, U. (2010). Spectrum of medical emergencies presenting at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, Calabar. Mary Slessor Journal of Medicine, 10(2), 52 – 57.
Williams, U.E., Opara, S., Agbulu, R., Umoh, V., & Otokpa, D. (2010). Knowledge of Parkinson`s disease among physicians in Calabar, south-south Nigeria. Movement Disorders, 25(Suppl.3), S666.

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S/N Conference Description Started Finished
40th Scientific Conference and Annual Congress of the Nigerian Society of Neurological Sciences, Ibadan, Nigeria – 26th to 29th March 20082008-03-262008-03-29
Neuroimaging MRI Workshop, Ibadan, Nigeria- 27th March, 20082008-03-272008-03-27
Nigeria Stroke Society Workshop, Lagos, Nigeria 25th September 20092009-09-252009-09-25
43rd Annual General Meeting/Scientific Conference of the Nigerian Society of Neurological Sciences, Port Harcourt, Nigeria – 1st To 3rd June 20112011-06-012011-06-03
Research Methods and Data Management in Epidemiology using Stata, Calabar, Nigeria- 9th to 13th January 20122012-01-092012-01-13
3rd Annual Conference/ Scientific Meeting of the International League Against Epilepsy (Nigeria Chapter), Owerri, Nigeria – 4th May 20122012-05-042012-05-04
10th Annual Conference of the Neuroscience Society of Nigeria, Calabar, Nigeria – 14th To 17th May 2012Women’s Issue in Epilepsy 2012-05-142012-05-17
West African Research and Innovation Management Training Workshop, Ibadan, Nigeria- 6th To 10th August 20122012-08-062012-08-10
A 2- Day Training of Trainers Workshop on Accreditation & Training Requirements, Examination Methods and Mentorship by the Faculty of Internal Medicine, National Post Graduate Medical College of Nigeria, Lagos, Nigeria – 21st to 22nd August 2012.2012-08-212012-08-22