In a post shared on her Twitter page on Thursday, Okonjo-Iweala said that her son was one of the first spinal surgeons in Maryland to perform a successful navigated lumbar spinal fusion using a robot.
She wrote, “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!”
Who Is Dr. Uchechi Iweala?
According to the Center for Advanced Orthopeadics, Dr. Uchechi is a board-eligible, fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon who specialises in spine surgery.
He grew up in Maryland and attended St. Albans in Washington, D. C. 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. Following residency, he completed a fellowship in spine surgery at New York University.
Uchechi, who has worked on health projects in Ghana and South Africa, and recently co-founded a surgery centre in Nigeria with his father, a trained neurosurgeon, is a member of the Lumbar Spine Research Society, the North American Spine Society, and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
KanyiDaily recalls that Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was recently named in Time Magazine’s list of 100 most influential people in the world for the year 2021.