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Thursday, 17 November 2016

Nigerian doctor, Bennet Omalu, who discovered CTE in NFL players gets American Medical Association highest honor

Dr. Bennet Omalu, the Nigerian forensic neuropathologist who first discovered Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in an NFL player in 2002, has been honoured with the American Medical Association (AMA) Distinguished Service Award during the opening session of the 2016 AMA Interim Meeting in Orlanda, Fla. on Saturday, November 12th.

Dr. Omalu, MD, MBA, MPH, overcame massive efforts to discredit him and his research, and today CTE is widely recognized as a health risk in millions of patients with histories of repetitive brain trauma, including military veterans. The 48-year-old Enugwu-ukwu, Anambra State born physician was working as a forensic neuropathologist in Pittsburgh when he conducted postmortem examinations of former NFL offensive lineman Mike Webster’s brain and spotted what would become the hallmarks of CTE.
"When I looked at his brain and he had diffuse amyloid plaques everywhere and there were no neuritic plaques … I took the slides home with me,” Dr. Omalu said in a 2015 interview. "I spent six months with those slides. I saw tau randomly situated, and not reminiscent of any other dementia that I knew. My first reaction, when I went to the literature, was that I expected to find previous reports like this, but I didn’t find even one."
He had the case published in 2005 and went on to identify CTE in postmortem examinations of numerous other former NFL players. Dr. Omalu initially thought the league would be pleased to learn of his findings, but when they were presented at an NFL meeting on concussions in 2007, they were dismissed, and the league—through lawyers, physicians and other experts—went on to mount a coordinated effort to discredit Dr. Omalu and his research.

At the time, the Nigerian-born Dr. Omalu was not a U.S. citizen, and his immigration status was dependent on his continued employment. He stuck to his findings in the face of intense pressure, and in 2009—seven years after his discovery—the NFL relented and publicly acknowledged the link between concussions sustained in football and CTE.

"Because of the service Dr. Omalu has rendered to every player and every family member in the football and other sporting communities, I am delighted to present him, on behalf of the AMA, with the Distinguished Service Award—our highest honor," AMA President Andrew W. Gurman, MD, said in a statement. 
"His meritorious service is all the more remarkable given that Dr. Omalu was relatively junior at the time of his discovery, having only completed his pathology residency a few years prior to describing CTE."
Dr. Gurman said he strongly believes "that Dr. Omalu—by his work, determination and dedication—strongly exemplifies the best of American medicine. Nominated by the AMA Board of Trustees and endorsed by the House of Delegates, the Distinguished Service Award recognizes a member of the AMA for meritorious service in the science and art of medicine.

Dr. Omalu attended medical school at the University of Nigeria at 16. He became a U.S. citizen in 2015 and now serves as chief medical examiner for the San Joaquin County Coroner’s Office in California and is a clinical associate professor in the University of California, Davis, Department of Medical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

The story of Dr. Omalu’s CTE research and the pressure he faced from the NFL inspired the 2015 film “Concussion,” in which he was portrayed by Will Smith.
At the 2016 AMA interim Meeting, delegates voted to adopt policy supporting research into the detection, causes and prevention of injuries along the continuum from subconcussive head impacts to conditions such as CTE.

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29 comments:

Uju Phil said...

An honour well deserved!

vinna saviour said...

Congrats to him

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NaijaDeltaBabe said...

Congratulations to him


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Ogenah Boris said...

He deserves it

ed DREAMZ said...

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That film really open doors for him....
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Odibe Blessing said...

Dat's good,he deserve it

Eddy Ogbunambala said...

Congratulations 🎊

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Udolisa Ugochukwu said...

Wow....congrat sir

Juliet Iwuno said...

Congrats to him. Linda take note!

Anonymous said...

Ahh! Well done Dr Omalu! Letbus get to hear good news from igbos abroad than drug trafficking sentences,fee fraud and co!!!!

livingstone chibuike said...

Congrats to him

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Eleojo Blessing said...

A very big congrats to him

JOHN MILES said...

Amazing

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Jamila Shaibu said...

Cool

evy claret said...

Congrats to him


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Nseabasi Ekpo said...

congratulations

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ibrahim umar said...

Congratulation Sir

Keeny said...

Congrat,Dr. Bennet Omalu

Adeleke Adeola said...

It's not the film, it's his research. In better put, his research opened doors for the movie

Orobosa Austin said...

the movie about him "concussion" starred by will smith is very inspiring and touching.. he really did a great thing for the NFL players

joel said...

UNN lions and lionesses dey represent worldwide

Anonymous said...

Thank you Doc! for making us proud.

Chuks Bruno said...

Our very own doing us proud...he won't have succeeded in a country like Nigeria

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