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Only 1.9 percent Of Orthopedic Surgeons Identify As Black, Here's How Baylor's Dr. Nwannunu Aims To Change That

Dr. Brian Nwannunu, an adult-reconstruction fellow in orthopedics at Baylor College of Medicine, specializes more than just in the musculoskeletal system; he’s working to diversify the orthopedic surgery industry. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons reported that as of 2018, 84.7 percent of orthopedic surgeons identify as white, 6.7 percent identify as Asian, and 2.2 percent identify as Hispanic or Latino. This lack of diversity intensifies since only 1.9 percent of orthopedic surgeons identify as Black, and less than one percent are Native American. There isn’t just a lack of diversity in the orthopedic industry; there’s a lack of acceptance that Black people can work in this medical field. “A few of my rotations, the general culture, and the underlying message was, ‘We don’t want anyone that doesn’t look like us,'” Nwannunu, who is a first-generation Nigerian American, told the Houston Chronicle in an interview . “They don’t feel like they can relate to you. They would...

Michelai Graham

Aug 13, 2021

Nigerian Economist Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Becomes First Black Woman to Head the World Trade Organization

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is blazing a historic path in world economics as the first Black woman to lead the World Trade Organization (WTO) — a first after South Korean candidate Yoo Myung-hee dropped out of the race last week, CNN reports. In a televised briefing, Myung-hee explained that her decision to step down was determined after “close consultation” with the U.S., stating that the WTO had been “without a leader for too long.” The organization has been operating without a leader since last August after Roberto Azevêdo stepped down from his position just a year earlier than his term was expected to end. Okonjo-Iweala — an economist of 25 years and former finance minister of Nigeria — has so far received much support from several WTO members, including the European Union, China, Japan and Australia. During the Trump Administration, the U.S. was leaning toward favoring Myung-hee for the position. While there’s been an escalating trade fight between the U.S. and China, Okonjo-Iweala is...

Njera Perkins

Feb 8, 2021

Meet The Family Of 5 Nigerian Sisters Who All Became Doctors

The Aliu family is the epitome of Black Excellence. The family has 5 daughters all of whom are physicians in different medical specialties and are raising the bar and representing Black doctors well. The Nigerian family consists of Salamat Aliu, the first female neurosurgeon in West Africa,  Halima Aliu, a plastic surgeon, Khadijah Aliu, a family medicine physician, Raliat Aliu, an obstetrician,  and Medinah Aliu, a community health physician. Former Nigerian vice-president, Atiku Abubakar, took to Twitter to acknowledge and congratulate the sisters. “Awesome. If you educate a woman, you educate the family and the community,” he wrote. Hello everyone, I want to introduce you to the amazing Aliu family. The pic below shows 5 beautiful sisters who all happen to be doctors. The eldest a neurosurgeon, then an obstetrician, a plastic surgeon, a family physician, a community health physician… #GirlPower #inspiring — Bandaranaike Kumaratunga ☄️🔥 (@Otiteakpovona)...

Devin Crudup

Feb 26, 2020