Dr.Titilayo Fausat Goncalves is a Consultant orthodontist with over twenty years’ experience and is currently Director, Dental Services, Health Service Commission, a role to which she was appointed in 2006.
Born on June 12 1960, the fifth of eight children, her educational history began in 1965 at St. Savior’s School Ikoyi. Her secondary and Advanced level was at Queens College Lagos. In 1977 she was admitted to the prestigious Primary Teaching Hospital, University College Hospital Ibadan, where she was awarded Bachelors of Dental Surgery Degree in June 1982. She later proceeded to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) for a year internship priortoher National Youth Service in August 1983 at General Hospital Lagos, where she eventually took up employment in November 1984.
In a quest for additional knowledge, she began her Residency training in November 1987 at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital where she bagged her fellowship of the West African College of Surgeons.
In her capacity as Director of Dental Services, Dr. Goncalves has helped to shape policies in areas ranging from diagnosis and treatment, training and development, (she resuscitated the center for training of residents in general dental practice to become future Consultants), computerization of the dental clinic and compilation of data of patients to analyze the dental needs of the community.
She also pushed for internal renovation of existing structures with provision of wipe able ceramic vitrified cast worktops to improve hygiene among, other initiatives. She was instrumental to the procurement of laboratory equipment, including the purchase of new Dental chairs, X-Ray machines and refurbishment of existing ones. Dr. Goncalves also spearheaded efforts to rehabilitate theDepartment’s power and water supply and has achieved great success in promoting a culture of service delivery.
She is a relentless advocate in the promotion of oral healthcare for all and continues to work on behalf of the people of Lagos State to ensure improved access. She has diligently and selflessly served the community in a number of capacities, notably acting in an advisory capacity to the National Hospital Abuja from 2001-2002, to set up the Hospital’s Orthodontic Unit.
Dr. Goncalves has attended numerous local and international seminars and conferences and has also submitted research papers on important topics such as ”cephalometric values in Nigerian school children between the ages of 12-14 years” and “the use of surgical orthodontics in the correction of upper incisors” (unpublished). Her professional affiliations include memberships of the Nigeria Medical Association, the Nigerian Dental Association and the Medical Women’s Association of Lagos. She was appointed as the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health by His Excellency, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on the 27th December, 2018.
Dr. Goncalves, who is widely acknowledged as a team player and a good listener, is happily married with children.