He was Kenya's first cardio-thoracic surgeon and a professor of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery at the University of Nairobi.
Odhiambo was the chairman of the Kenya Tobacco Control Board. He was also the founder and editor of Medicom, the African Journal of Hospital Medicine.
In 1986, Odhiambo was given an award for an outstanding contribution in medicine by the Giant Federation of Kenya, and in 1993 he received another award from PASCAR for his distinguished service to cardiology in Africa.
He was the tenth dean of Nairobi University's Faculty, now School of Medicine, serving from 1992 to 1996. During his tenure, he successfully steered the faculty towards cost-sharing through its most difficult period for both staff and students.
In 2012, he was given the Mater Hospital Recognition Award, followed, in 2013, by the SSK award for Outstanding Role in Medical Education and Teaching.
He conceptualized and then chaired the University of Nairobi Teaching Hospital Project.
Odhiambo was educated at the Calcutta Medical College, Nairobi University, the University of Edinburgh and McGill University. He resides in Nairobi with his family.
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