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.
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.