Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist/Exec. Vice Chairman, The Bridge Clinic, Nigeria

Dr Richard Ajayi

Dr Richard Ajayi is a Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist and Executive Vice Chairman of The Bridge Clinic Nigeria. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (FRCOG) and a Fellow of the West African College of Surgeons (FWACS). Richard co-founded PathCare Laboratories, Nigeria in 2004 and became Chairman, SYNLAB Nigeria in 2017. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) and an alumnus of the Harvard Business School Owner President Management Programme.

About Richard Ajayi

Richard Ajayi received his primary medical qualification (MBBS) with distinction from Kings College London in 1988. He is Fellow of the UK Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and a Fellow of the West African College of Surgeons.

He set up The Bridge Clinic in 1999 as the first specialised clinic dedicated to in vitro fertilisation (IVF) in Nigeria and is currently leading an exciting transformation of The Clinic into an international organisation with a strategy beyond fertility.

In addition to 4 fertility centres in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Abuja and a partnership with LASUTH, The Bridge Clinic has primary care centres in Ikotun, Ikeja GRA, Isolo and Victoria Island.

Richard and his wife, Pamela, founded Pathcare Laboratories (the first ISO 15189-accredited laboratory in Nigeria) as a joint venture with Pathcare, South Africa in 2004. Richard became Chairman of SYNLAB Nigeria in 2017, following the acquisition of Pathcare by German-based SYNLAB International, Europe’s largest laboratory services provider. SYNLAB currently operates 7 laboratories in Nigeria, supported by 17 patient centres distributed nationally.

He is also Chairman, Board of Directors of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH). He attended the Chief Executive Programme at the Lagos Business School in 2003 and the Owner President Management (OPM) programme of the Harvard Business School in 2011.

He has attended Mergers, Acquisition and Strategic Transactions (“MAST”) organised by Young Presidents’ Organisation (YPO), and is a YPO Gold member of the Lagos Chapter.
Richard is on the third year of a five year ‘Scaling your Business’ programme organised by the London Business School. His vision is to be part of a movement that transforms healthcare throughout Africa.


Dr Richard Ajayi will be speaking on the subjects of Infertility, In vitro fertilisation (IVF) and Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). In the seminal lecture on IVF, he discusses ‘the science and ethics of making babies’ and provides a useful foundation for subsequent consideration of the ethics and legality of surrogacy and gestational carriage.