A Nigerian doctor, Dr.Bennet Omalu honoured by the U.S. Congress for effort to raise awareness of repetitive brain trauma


Nigeria’s own Dr. Bennet Omalu who serves as the Chief Medical Examiner of San Joaquin County in California was recently  honoured on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives for his efforts to raise awareness of repetitive brain trauma.

Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Stockton, took the opportunity to honor Omalu, whose discoveries have highlighted the potential dangers to those who play football.

Omalu was the first medical professional to raise the alarm that repeated head trauma could lead to a degenerative brain disorder, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. He made his original discovery as a forensic pathologist in Pennsylvania.

Pathologist portrayed by Will Smith in film Concussion believes 90% of NFL players have some form of long-term head trauma. Omalu also thinks the NFL shunned him when he presented the problems to them because he is a foreigner and African-American. He is pictured center with Will Smith (left) and the director Peter Landesman (right)

Dr. Omalu is an American trained physician, forensic pathologist and neuropathologist. He  was the first to publish findings of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in American football players while working at the Allegheny County Coroner’s Office in Pittsburgh.He later became chief medical examiner of San Joaquin County, California, and is a professor in the University of California, Davis, Department of Medical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.


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