Dr. Ahmed I Girei obtained his basic medical qualification from the Ahmadu Bello University in 1989. He worked as a medical officer in various secondary health care institutions in Adamawa state North eastern Nigeria before specializing in hematology . For his residency training he went to the Jos University Teaching Hospital and became a Fellow of the National Post-graduate Medical College of Nigeria (FMCPath) in 2010.
On joining the services of the then Federal Medical Centre(now Federal Teaching Hospital) Gombe as Consultant Hematologist , he established and run the sickle cell clinic for adults and adolescents which was later expanded to cover children as well. He currently coordinates the North-East Sickle Cell Zonal Centre in Gombe, which is one of the six comprehensive sickle cell centers established by the federal government of Nigeria in 2011. The centre provides comprehensive care for the management and control of sickle cell disease including new born screening.
Dr Girei’s pioneering efforts in community advocacy has spurred the establishment of the Sickle Cell Club of Gombe one of the most vibrant patient-support groups in North-eastern Nigeria. In addition to clinical care of patients with sickle cell disease he is also involved in the training of resident doctors in internal medicine and pediatrics at Federal Teaching Hospital Gombe. His main area of research interest is in hemoglobinopathy where he has published a number of scientific papers.
Dr Girei has participated in a number of scientific conferences and training workshops in hematology and sickle cell disease; he is a trained genetic counsellor on sickle cell disease. He is a member of an expert committee set up by the Federal Ministry of Health to draft a National Guideline for the Management of Sickle Cell Disease. He is also a member of the Nigerian Society for Haematology and Blood Transfusion .