Dr Odum qualified from Birmingham University in 1984 and his post graduate training and studies were undertaken in the West Midlands (1984-91) and Adelaide, South Australia (1991-93). He was awarded a Sheldon Research Fellowship by the West Midlands Regional Health Authority in 1988 and following completion of the research his thesis was awarded an MD by the University of Birmingham in 1993.
He took up post as a Consultant in General Internal Medicine and Nephrology at New Cross Hospital Wolverhampton in 1993. His clinical interests include diagnosis and management of hypertension and pathophysiological mechanisms underlying and treatment of glomerular disease.
Dr Odum was elected as a fellow of the Royal college of Physicians (RCP) in 1999 and has been an MRCP PACES examiner from 1999 to the present day.
He has a significant interest in service development and as Clinical Director for Renal Services (1995-2005) was responsible for the expansion of renal services at Wolverhampton into Walsall and Cannock and the opening of the satellite Haemodialysis units at Walsall and in Cannock Chase Hospital.
Dr Odum has held several medical managerial positions in the Trust including Clinical Director of Medicine, Divisional Director posts from 2003-11 and was appointed into the post of Medical Director from April 2011.
Within the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, Dr Odum is the Responsible Officer for revalidation of doctors, the Caldicott Guardian and the Medical Director of the West Midlands LCRN.