Igbo-Born US Doctor Receives Highest American Medical Association Award

Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) was first diagnosed in an NFL player in 2002, and it has since been confirmed by postmortem examination in dozens of American athletes. The physician who made the initial discovery, forensic neuropathologist Bennet I. 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 AMA on Saturday honored Dr. Omalu with its Distinguished Service Award during the opening session of the 2016 AMA Interim Meeting, in Orlando, Fla.

Dr. Omalu 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.

“[W]hen 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.

 

 

Igbo-Born US Doctor Receives Highest American Medical Association Award

 

Bennet Omalu

This is Dr. Omalu, the Nigerian Doctor Whose Health Discovery Could Not Be Waved By U.S

By  Mathew Ogunsina

Dr Omalu is a Nigerian specialist and forensic neuropathologist situated in the United States.

On Saturday he was granted with the American Medical Association (AMA’s) Highest Honor for his extraordinary wellbeing revelation. He got the Distinguished Service Award amid the opening session of the 2016 AMA Interim Meeting, in Orlando, Florida.

The legitimacy grant perceives an individual from the AMA for outstanding administration in the science and specialty of drug. Dr Bennet has been an individual from the AMA for a long time now.

Dr Omalu

Dr Bennet Omalu discovered the Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) in diseased NFL players in 2002.

CTE is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in athletes (and others) with a history of repetitive brain trauma, including symptomatic concussions as well as asymptomatic sub-concussive hits to the head- CTE Centre, Boston University.

“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.

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.”

disease is usually common with people who experience repeated blows on their heads such as boxers and 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.”-AMA.

After much denial, the NFL finally acknowledged the veracity of his finding in 2009. They publicly admitted there was a link between concussions sustained in football and CTE.

Bennet studied Medicine in Nigeria before he left for the United States. In 2015 he became a United States citizen.

Smith, Dr Omalu and Concussion

Benet is the chief medical examiner for the San Joaquin County Coroner’s Office in California; and a clinical associate professor in the University of California, Davis, Department of Medical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

Dr Omalu was the inspiration behind the Oscar nominated movie – Concussion. Will Smith played the role of the Nigerian doctor in the movie.

 

Smith, Dr Omalu and Concussion