Professor of Medicine, Division: Hospital Medicine
MD: Georgetown University
Residency: Northwestern University
Fellowship: Massachusetts General Hospital
Where did you grow up, go to school, etc?
I was born and raised in Nigeria, and moved to the U.S. for college. I majored in Electrical Engineering at Howard University, and received my medical degree from Georgetown University. I moved to Chicago for residency at Northwestern and then completed my Infectious Diseases fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital.
What is your favorite thing about being a physician?
I have a few! The unique trust relationship I develop with my patients; the opportunity to help patients and their families at such a difficult time whether it is an acute illness or an acute exacerbation of their underlying chronic condition; wonderful colleagues who support and encourage me, and my students & trainees who inspire me to be a better clinician educator.
What have been the biggest highlights or challenges for you during your training or now as an attending?
Being a chief medical resident was an amazing experience! I was the VA chief, worked with awesome co-chiefs (one of whom is still at NMH - Dr. John Wilkins) and got to learn first-hand about leadership from our then-Program Director Dr. Diane Wayne. As an attending, becoming a college mentor for the Feinberg Class of 2020 has been pretty exciting!
Where can we find you after hours? What are your favorite Chicago spots?
I enjoy exploring Chicago's museums - my favorite is the Museum of Science and Industry.
Are you currently working on any research projects? If yes, can you tell us about it?
I am currently working on a Health Disparities and Social Justice curriculum for the IM residents. My interests in the issues of health disparities and social justice stemmed from the stories my patients recounted about their healthcare experiences. This project explores the impact of the curriculum on trainees' attitudes and likelihood to engage in advocacy post-residency.