Prof Okonjo-Iweala celebrates son, Dr Uchechi for medical feat

Adeze Ojukwu

World Trade Organisation(WTO) Director-General, Prof. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, today celebrated her son, Dr. Uchechi Iweala for achieving a medical feat using robotic surgery.

Prof Okonjo-Iweala expressed her joy in a series of tweets. ‘Congratulations Dr. Uchechi Iweala, on being one of the first spinal surgeons in Maryland to perform a successful navigated lumbar spinal fusion using a robot! So proud to be your Mum! Keep it going!’

Dr. Iweala, whose father is a trained neurosurgeon, according to The United States Orthopaedic Associates of Central Maryland Division, is a fellowship-trained Orthopaedic Surgeon And Spine Surgery Specialist.

His specialties include Robotic Spine Surgery, Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Cervical and Lumbar Disc Replacement.

Others were listed as Spinal Fusion/Arthrodesis, Nerve Releases, Spinal Injections, Spinal Deformity and Spinal Stenosis.

He is also an expert in Degenerative Disc Disease, Spondylolisthesis, Trauma and Fracture Care.

Dr. Iweala grew up in Maryland and attended St. Albans in DC. He earned his Bachelor’s degree with honors at Harvard College, and received his MD/MBA from Harvard Medical School and Harvard Business School.

He returned to the DC area to complete his residency training in orthopaedic surgery at George Washington University.

After his residency, Iweala completed a fellowship in Spine Surgery at New York University.

Uchechi hails from Umuahia and is married to Chioma, a Harvard alumna and granddaughter of the late literary icon Professor Chinua Achebe.

Dr Iweala has indeed done well and deserves every accolade he is receiving.



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