“Our lives are a mixture of different roles. Most of us are doing the best we can to find whatever the right balance is…For me, that balance is family, work, service to humanity and my creator.”
-- Dr. Bola Omotosho.
A Bronx resident for nearly 20 years, Dr. Bola Omotosho is an active member of the community, dedicated to improving the quality of our lives as both a medical doctor and a dedicated civic leader. An honors graduate of the University of Ife, Nigeria, he holds Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine degrees. Before immigrating to the United States, Dr. Omotosho had a successful medical career with the Nigerian Navy. Today, he conducts extensive research at Montefiore Hospital in the fields of Hematology-Oncology and Infectious Diseases.
Since 2007, Dr. Omotosho has served the Bronx as Chair of Community Board 5 (CB5), successfully fostering constructive unity among his fellow board members, local community activists, businesspeople, concerned citizens, residents and the growing new immigrant population. A member of CB5 since 1999, he has also chaired its Committees on Education, Health, as well as Housing and Economic Development.
Dr. Omotosho is committed to spurring job growth and economic development while providing high-quality affordable housing and public amenities. He currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Mount Hope Housing Company Inc., a not-for profit that has developed over 1,300 affordable units in 36 buildings. Earlier, as President of the Harrison Avenue Homeowners Association, he worked diligently to secure a safe, modern playground for neighborhood children. And, under Dr. Omotosho’s leadership, CB5 is in the final stage of City approval for a Business Improvement District (BID) for Burnside Avenue which will positively boost the quality of life, vitality and economic development along that important business and retail hub.
As Chair of the Education Committee, Dr. Omotosho melded his support for environmentally sustainable development with the education and training of our local youth. In collaboration with Father Nelson Belizario, who founded a green roof movement in the Bronx, he facilitated the funding and completion of the first green roof in a Bronx School – St. Simon Stock School – and, in collaboration with the Youth Committee and concerned members of the community, helped create summer youth programs in environmental sustainability.
Dr. Omotosho was also instrumental in helping to preserve critical access to healthcare for North Bronx residents. While Chair of the Health Committee, he also served on the North Central Bronx Hospital Community Advisory Board, subsequently becoming its Chairperson as well in 2005. During his tenure he worked tirelessly with the administrators of the North Central Bronx Hospital, the Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) and local elected officials to successfully prevent North Central from closing, providing knowledgeable, impassioned testimony in the Bronx, at City Hall, and at the State Capitol in Albany.
Over the years, Dr. Omotosho has worked extensively with law enforcement agencies and community leaders to reduce crime and get guns off Bronx streets. For example, in 2011 he successfully hosted a Gun Buyback program at his church – Grace Temple International -- in collaboration with the Bronx District Attorney’s Office, the New York City Police Department and local elected officials. This one-day event resulted in the collection of over 100 illegal guns and a significant amount of ammunition.
In addition to his other roles and responsibilities, Dr. Omotosho is an active and effective member of Black United Leadership of the Bronx; has been a member of the New York City Police Department Citizens Academy Alumni since 2000; a Board Member with the United States Selective Service System since 2006; has served on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Citizens’ Academy Alumni Team since 2009; and is a member of the Society of Clinical Research Associates and Secretary of Zeta Kappa Phi Alumni International.
Married with five children (all alums of the St. Simon Stock School), Dr. Omotosho is man of faith. He is the Vice Chair of Bronx Multi Faith Advisory Group and a worker at Grace Temple Church in the Bronx, New York.