Dr. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng
President of the Ghana Heart Foundation
Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng is a Ghanaian physician and cardiothoracic surgeon who established the National Cardiothoracic Center and the Ghana Red Cross Society. He is also the President of the Ghana Heart Foundation and was the Chief Executive Officer of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra.
A well-known figure in his country, FrimpongBoateng was elected a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences in December 2002.
Frimpong-Boateng attended Sekondi College in Ghana. The young Frimpong-Boateng studied physics and mathematics thinking that he would become an engineer. Nonetheless, he later decided to seek a career as a doctor when he was offered a scholarship to study medicine in Germany. His father Kofi Frimpong had died from heart
injuries due to a road traffic accident prior to his
birth., so he thought he could help people in similar situations. After finishing his post-graduate studies, he returned to his birthplace to practice as Ghana’s first locally-based cardiothoracic surgeon.
He is currently the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation in Ghana. In 1992, he set up the National Cardiothoracic Centre at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital. There were no cardiothoracic surgery facilities in the country at the time, so he aimed the centre to teach young surgeons and assist new patients.