Dr Tarilabo Lowell Aganaba retired on June 30th, 2020 after almost two decades of service to Dawson Creek and Fort St John communities and it’s environ.
He was born in Lagos, Nigeria. His father was a Second World War veteran who fought in the British army. He had his early education up to the University level in Nigeria. He attended the prestigious University of Ibadan - Nigeria’s premier University. He completed his medical degree in 1976.
Thereafter he proceeded for his residency training in surgery in the United Kingdom (UK). He trained in general surgery for 5 years, and additional 5 years in orthopedics. He started his training at the famous Guy’s Hospital in London, and then proceeded to Kent and Canterbury hospital where he completed his general surgery and started his orthopedics training. He completed his orthopedics training at Southampton Orthopedics Hospital. He graduated as a general surgeon in 1985 and as an orthopedic specialist in 1990. He has been a fellow of Britain’s prestigious royal college of surgeons.
His first job as a surgeon was at Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester, United Kingdom where he worked for 10 year He was one of several orthopedic surgeons. After 10 years working in the UK, he decided to seek new opportunities outside of Britain. He came to Saskatchewan as a locum orthopedic surgeon for 6 months. He found the job interesting. He received various job offers and decided to relocate to Canada. He eventually moved and settled in Dawson Creek in 2000. While in Canada he did additional training in joint replacement surgeries and trauma. He also did further training in spine surgery and shoulder arthroscopy in Ontario, Canada and also additional training in anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACL) surgery in Vancouver, BC.
Dr. Aganaba was a clinical instructor at the University of British Columbia and University of northern British Columbia . He has been involved in training the next generation of doctors in Canada for two decades. He has served in various capacities and has made landmark contribu-tions in every opportunity he’s had to contribute to society and also to the medical practice in the various institutions he worked over the years. He was chief of surgery in Dawson Creek and District Hospital (DCDH). He has also served for many years as the president of the Medical Staff Association (MSA). The medical staff association is an association of doctors and care providers.. Dr. Aganaba was the lead physician of DCDH chapter of the surgical optimization program of northern health. He created a ‘teddy bear’ clinic, which he ran for several years to ease the fears children have for orthopedic visits and to encourage them into clinical medicine
He was involved in a number of sporting activities and was a member of Dawson Creek golf club. He won two championships in the senior category. He was a soccer coach and also partic-ipated actively in supporting the game of Hockey in Dawson Creek through his involvement in hockey players parents association. He was also a part of Dawson Creek choir.
Dr. Aganaba was one of the early orthopaedic surgeons in Northeast of British Columbia, Canada. He expanded the joint replacement program, started spine surgeries, anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction surgeries and revision surgeries. He raised the profile of orthopedic surger-ies in the DCDH and its catchment area of potentially over 100,000 population resident in the communities.
Over the years Dr. Aganaba has done innumerable surgeries and has brought joy to countless number of lives. He is particularly excited about the impact of his foot and ankle interventional program for the early detection and treatment of clubfoot in children. This program have saved hundred of children who ordinarily would not have had local access to this service. In addition, he has done several thousands of trauma cases at the DCDH, performed over 2400 joint re-placement surgeries and over 20,000 arthroscopic surgeries. He has done hundred of spine surgeries and over 400 arthroscopic ACL reconstruction surgeries. He has made a huge impact in the lives of thousands of people in British Columbia and also in Alberta through his unparalleled surgical skills.
Tari believed in living the full life. Some of his life’s lessons include:
• Do not be afraid to take on tasks. Have the courage to confront your fears. Challenge your-self. Set new goals and do it frequently.
• Your family is your most important asset. Never neglect your family. Never take your focus off your children. Give full attention to your children. The less problem you have with your children when they grow up, the better your retirement.
• Teach your children to understand their part in society. They should play a vital role to con-tribute and advance society.
• Make the most of where you live. Enjoy where you are and get involved in your community.
• Do not live your life in regrets and do not live in bitterness. Be part of the system and relate with people and do not be afraid to associate with people who hold different opinion from you.
• Be a giver –sponsor people and support the less privileged and enjoy doing it.
• Read a lot. Read widely. When you read widely you gain more satisfaction from the world around you.
• Do not forget to enjoy life. Stop and smell the roses. It comes at you very fast!
Dr. Aganaba will be relocating to Ottawa, Ontario. All will dearly miss him and his family. We wish Dr Aganaba a beautiful and pleasurable retirement.
Thank you for your service to our communities. We appreciate you!
From a committee of friends.