Dr. Adaora Ijeoma Onaga is a Lecturer I in the Institute of Humanities, Pan-Atlantic University (PAU). She holds an MBBS degree from the University of Ibadan where she studied medicine and surgery under the Mobil scholarship for deserving students. She went on to specialize in Internal Medicine and Nephrology at the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan from 2005-2011. During her specialty training, she was awarded the O.O Elegbeleye Prize for the best candidate in the National Medical College Examinations in May 2008 and again in May 2011 the A.F.B Mabadeje Prize for the best candidate in the National Medical College Examinations (Renal medicine). She is a fellow of both the National Postgraduate Medical College and the West African College of Physicians.
She holds an M.Sc. Degree in Philosophy from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome, Italy, with a Summa cum laude (9.9/10). Her licentiate thesis was a study of the Phenomenology of Illness in S K Toombs. She also holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy awarded in October 2020 from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome with a Summa cum Laude (10/10). Her doctoral thesis focused on the interfaces between the biological and philosophical sciences in the confrontation of human pain.
Before joining the Institute of Humanities she worked in private and state government hospitals in Ibadan as well as University College Hospital where she taught medical students internal and renal medicine. She has also worked in Chevron Hospitals Gbagada, Lagos as a consultant physician. She has taught summer courses in Philosophical Anthropology and Ethics at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross over a number of years. She worked as a medical assistant to a nephrologist during her licentiate and doctoral programs in Rome from January 2013- October 2020. Her current research interest is in the areas of medical humanities and ethics.
She has published articles in nephrology and philosophy, was an editor in the Annals of Ibadan Postgraduate Medicine, and is a reviewer for the Topicos Philosophy Journal (Mexico). She enjoys mentoring, teaching, and research. She speaks English, Spanish, and Italian fluently. She loves working in a multi-cultural environment with opportunities for novel interactions and learning.
Adaora I Onaga, Confronting Human Pain- A philosophical and biological study. Dissertationes series Philosophica- LVI, 2020.
The Phenomenology of Illness- Licentiate thesis, Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome, Italy. June 2016
Assessment of tubular and glomerular functions in patients with newly diagnosed essential hypertension submitted for the award of the fellowship of the National Postgraduate Medical College. June 2011
Dialysis-related hypotension – Influencing factors at the University College Hospital, Dialysis Center submitted for the award of the fellowship of the West African College of Physicians. Oct 2010
Published book chapters and articles
Omowumi Ogunyemi, Adaora Onaga, Book Chapter in the ‘The Palgrave Handbook of Workplace Well- Being’, (ed) Satinder Dhiman, 2020. pp 1-21. Self-Leadership: Neuroscientific perspectives.
Adaora Onaga, Omowumi Ogunyemi, Autobiography and Chronic Pain: Reflections on the Unity of Soul and Body. Forum (Supplement to Acta Philosophica), vol 5/1 (2019) 233-249.
Arije A., Onaga A.I. , Kuti MA, Salako BL., Kadiri S. Emerging pattern of Chronic Renal Disease in Nigeria – preliminary data from a hospital-based renal registry. J Clin Nephrol 2010.
A.I Onaga, Bone Marrow aspiration and biopsy (Review article), Annals of Ibadan Postgraduate Medicine 2010; 8:38 – 40.
A.I Onaga, P.U Ibekwe. Skin biopsy, Annals of Ibadan Postgraduate Medicine,2009; 7:40 – 41.
A.I Onaga. Renal biopsy Annals of Ibadan Postgraduate Medicine (June) 2009; 6:42 – 43.
Adaora Onaga, Book review Homo dues by Yuval Harari, academia.edu, October 2019