Dr. Charles F. Hayfron-Benjamin
University of Ghana Medical School (UGMS)

Dr. Charles F. Hayfron-Benjamin is a physician-scientist, currently a senior lecturer at the University of Ghana Medical School, and a specialist at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana. He serves as the consultant for the lung function program at the University of Ghana Medical School. He is also a bioethicist with a keen interest in clinical research ethics and serves on research ethics committees including that of the University of Ghana College of Health Sciences.

Charles operates pulmonary and cardiovascular function laboratories at the University of Ghana Medical School. His research is centered on non-communicable diseases, including the mechanistic basis of heart, vascular and pulmonary dysfunction in populations including diabetes and sickle cell disease. His research has shed light on the role of non-conventional factors in heart and vascular disease. His work with an international multidisciplinary team has implemented measures resulting in the reduction of mortality rates in pregnant women with sickle cell disease by nearly 90%.

Charles holds multiple academic qualifications including a Medical Degree and MPhil in Physiology from the University of Ghana Medical School, an MA in Bioethics from the New York University, and a Ph.D. in Medicine from the Amsterdam University Medical Centre, University of Amsterdam. He also has a Postgraduate Diploma in Respiratory Medicine from the University of South Wales and dual specialist qualifications in Anesthesiology from the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons and the West African College of Surgeons.