Dr. Jay Osi Samuels was born on January 3rd, 1968 at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan to parents from Fugar in Etsako Central Local Government Area of Edo state. He attended St. Brigid’s Boys Primary School, Mokola, Ibadan before proceeding to St. John’s College, Fugar for his secondary school education.
After his A Level studies at Oduduwa College, Ile-Ife, he proceeded to the University of Ibadan where he received his medical and surgical training and graduated with the MBBS degree in 1994.
Samuels began his professional medical career as an intern at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH), Kaduna. His next stint was at the General Hospital, Lagos Island where he did his mandatory NYSC. He worked for a couple of years at the General Hospital as a medical officer before proceeding to the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) for his post-doctoral training fellowship in Molecular Epidemiology under an award by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2001.
In recognition of his exceptional abilities, he was conferred with the Fogarty International Award of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for an MS in Epidemiology from HSPH in 2005. While recognising opportunities offered by the United State’ President Emergency Programme on AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS in Africa and in Nigeria in particular, Samuels returned to the country in 2006 to join the PEPFAR programme.
Samuels has over 15 years experience managing and implementing HIV/AIDS programmes in Nigeria, including over 10 years in management roles. He focuses on health systems strengthening with particular interest in the design, development and management of clinical laboratories.
He has been involved in the upgrade and development of more than 100 clinical laboratories in Nigeria. Today, he is a medical entrepreneur and currently manages the pioneer medical aesthetics and cosmetics dermatological supply and distribution in Nigeria with his wife.