The Founder’s Journey
Professor Philip Narteh Gorleku
Philip Narteh Gorleku is an Associate Professor of Radiology at the Department of Medical Imaging, School of Medical Sciences (SMS), University of Cape Coast (UCC), Ghana. Prof. Gorleku is primarily a Medical Doctor and consultant Radiologist at the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital and a Lecturer at the School of Medical Sciences, UCC. He is an academic leader and a health educator. Prof. Gorleku is an interdisciplinary scientist with a deep interest in health education, especially in the training of Medical Doctors and Allied Health Professionals. His professional expertise includes health services management; Public Health; Health Promotion, and Curriculum Development. He has extensive experience in teaching, research, and collaboration with partners in both developed (Ukraine, Russia, Norway, Netherlands, USA) and developing countries (Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa) He holds a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) Degree from the Kharkov Medical University, Ukraine, and Specialist Training degree as Radiologist and Radiation Therapist at the Department of Radio- Diagnosis & Radiation Therapy. Kharkov Medical University, Kharkov, Ukraine. He holds a Ph.D. in Radiology and Radiation Therapy from Kharkov Medical Academy for Postgraduate Education at Kharkov, Ukraine. Prof. Gorleku has gone through the mill and has practiced as a Medical Officer in deprived areas of Ghana where most Medical Doctors are not keen on practicing their profession. He was the Medical Director and the Medical officer in charge of the Jirapa District Hospital in the Upper West Region of Ghana for four years. He has always loved lecturing and, therefore, despite his busy hospital and administrative schedule, was lecturing at the Jirapa Nursing and Midwifery Training School. At the University of Cape Coast, Prof. Gorleku takes pride as the founding Head of the Department of Medical Imaging at SMS, and the founding head of the Department of Imaging Technology & Sonography, School of Allied Health Sciences (SAHS). At the School of Allied Health Sciences, he spearheaded the mounting of two BSc. Programmes (BSc. Radiography and BSc. Diagnostic Medical Sonography) with the first cohort of graduates passing out in 2020. He teaches several courses at the SMS, the SAHS, and the Optometry Department. He has mentored several Postgraduate and PhD students. As an educator who is committed to helping deserving students to succeed, he took cognizance of the enormous deficit in the training of health professionals in Ghana. Prof. Philip Gorleku then conceived and founded Klintaps College of Health and Allied Sciences in the year 2017 to help bridge this existing health professional training gap. Klintaps College of Health and Allied Sciences (KCoHAS) is now a fully-fledged tertiary institution that specializes in the training of ONLY Health and Allied Health Professionals located in Tema, Ghana.