As chronicled in the film Concussion (starring Will Smith), Dr. Bennet Omalu’s story is one of great triumph in the face of insurmountable odds. Born in 1968 in Eastern Nigeria during the civil war, his family lived as refugees, his town under constant fire by the Nigerian Air Force. Despite suffering war-related under-nutrition in the first 2 years of his life, Omalu would go on to attend medical school at age 15 and become a physician by age 21.
He came to the United States in 1994 with a World Health Organization (WHO) scholarship, obtaining all of his post-graduate and advanced medical education in the U.S. Today, he holds 8 medical and non-medical degrees and certifications, including a Master’s in Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University and a Master’s in Public Heath in Epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
His work has been featured numerous times in media platforms around the world, including in best-selling books, award-winning documentaries, and medical literature. Dr. Omalu was honored as a 2015 WebMD Health Hero in the science category for his history-making work on discovering, and raising awareness of, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
He continues to work as a forensic pathologist, neuropathologist, and epidemiologist. Currently, he is the President of Bennet Omalu Pathology, Inc., a private medico-legal consulting corporation. Dr. Omalu also works part-time as a forensic pathologist and neuropathologist in San Joaquin County, California, as well as a medical and legal consultant—advising governmental and non-governmental agencies, hospitals, corporations, industries, families, and private attorneys in complex medical and legal cases.
Dr. Omalu lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, Prema, and their 2 children.