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Dora Akunyili’s Daughter, Ijeoma Named First Black Chief Medical Officer Of US Hospital


January 13, (THEWILL) – Ijeoma, the first daughter of the late former Director General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Dora Akunyili, has been named the first black Chief Medical Officer of a US hospital.

The Jersey City Medical Center, an RWJ Barnabas health facility in the United States, announced Akunyili as the new Chief Medical Officer of the hospital.

A statement released on the Medical Center’s official website on Wednesday, January 11, stated that Dr. Ijeoma Akunyili, is the first African-American medical professional to serve in that role, given her expertise and experience.

“In her most recent role, Dr. Akunyili served as the Regional Medical Director for TeamHealth, Northeast Group, where she had strategic, operational, and clinical oversight of nearly twenty emergency departments, critical care, and hospitalist service lines in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania.

“She led an unprecedented fourfold expansion of service lines with a specific focus on medical services and access to care for underserved populations.

“Previously, Dr. Akunyili served as the Chair of Emergency Medicine at Waterbury Hospital, a Level II trauma teaching hospital. There she was the change agent, who led a dynamic team in dramatically reducing the length of stay, improving overall performance across multiple patient-centred metrics, and increasing physician staffing.

“She was awarded the 2019 Medical Director of the Year Award for the impressive turnaround of the Waterbury Hospital Emergency Department.

“In addition to her executive experience, Dr. Akunyili has vast leadership and advocacy experience and is currently serving as the President of the Connecticut College of Emergency Physicians (CCEP).

“Prior, she served for several years on the board of directors of Texas and Connecticut Colleges of Emergency Physicians. She was an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine Houston, TX, and she is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Yale University,” the statement reads.