Doctor’s Day: Nigerian Doctors Impacting Positively Home & Abroad

Every year on this day, July 1st, we celebrate those in the medical field who have dedicated their lives to save ours, especially in this challenging time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The role of the frontline workers amid the pandemic have been even more emphasised as instead of thinking about their own safety and that of their family’s, they chose to serve their nation. We thank them for their selfless spirit and we honour them for their invaluable work.

Being a doctor in Nigeria, one of the most populated countries in the world, can be challenging. Here are five (5) Nigerian doctors who have met the challenges and gone on to do great things.

Dr. Salamat Ahuoiza Aliu

She is one of the best neuro-surgeons in Nigeria and is the first lady to receive the official neuro-surgeon certification not only in Nigeria but in the whole of West Africa.

Noted for her exceptional work in neurosurgery and encouragement of women to join the neurological field, Aliu was listed in the top 100 persons of the year by Arewa socio-political group in 2016.

Dr. Godwin Maduka

He is a Nigerian-American doctor, businessman and philanthropist. He’s from Umuchukwu in Nigeria, but he received his education in the United States of America.

Dr. Maduka worked as an anesthesiologist at Desert Spring United Methodist Church, Nevada and other hospitals, before starting his own practice at Red Rock Medical Group, Nevada. In 1999, he founded Las Vegas Pain Institute and Medical Center, before expanding to other six locations in Southern Nevada.

He is a clinical faculty supervisor and adjunct professor of pain management and anesthesiology at Touro University Nevada. He is also a clinical assistant professor of surgery at UNLV School of Medicine.

Many experts assure he is one of the wealthiest doctors in West Africa and Nigeria and also one of the best Nigerian doctors who work abroad and are recognized globally.

Dr. Ola Akinboboye

He is a Nuclear cardiologists who was born in Nigeria, receiving his education at the College of Medicine (Ibadan) and where he earned an MBA and master’s degree in public health from Columbia University.

Dr. Akinboboye has built an impressive career by helping patients with artery diseases, diabetes, and heart problems. Prominent USA medical sources list him as one of the top New York doctors today.

Bankole A. Johnson

Bankole A. Johnson, DSc, MD, MPhil, FRCPsych is a licensed physician and board-certified psychiatrist throughout Europe and the United States who served as Alumni Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia.

He has devoted his life and medical practice to studies and researches in the field of how to treat addictions with medications. He has discovered different methods of treating people who suffer from alcoholism and received numerous awards for his work.

Dr. Stella Ameyo Adadevoh

This incredible woman achieved a lot throughout her career. She got her higher education in the medical field in Lagos, later moved to London to complete Fellowship in Endocrinology and got back to Nigeria to work and develop in her home country.

With over 20 years of medical practice, and Dr. Adadevoh became one of the best endocrinologists and physicians in Nigeria. We should note that this highly professional doctor was the first to discover a case of Ebola virus and help to prevent its development across Nigeria, though the cost was her own life.

These are just five of numerous Nigerian doctors who are having or had a positive impact within and outside the country.