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Chinua Achebe’s daughter, Maureen wins Harvard Medical School award


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Maureen Okam Achebe, daughter of late renowned novelist, Chinua Achebe has received the Brigham and Women’s Hospital 2024 faculty development and diversity award.

The Brigham and Women’s Hospital is a world-class academic medical centre based in Boston, Massachusetts, and a premier teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School.

This was disclosed by her brother, Chidi Achebe, on LinkedIn on July 2, 2024.

Chidi Achebe, who serves as the chairman of the African Integrated Development Enterprise Public Benefit Corporation, shared that Maureen was notified of her award in a letter dated July 2, 2024.

In the post, he expressed his pride and gratitude, stating, “To God be the glory always! Ekenedili Chukwunna! Very big deal at Harvard! All glory to God!”

“Sweetie: Very proud of you. Keep on keeping on!”, the post reads.

Who Is Maureen Achebe?

Maureen Achebe is an accomplished medical professional with a significant portfolio of roles. She serves as the President of AIDE Healthcare International, Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School, Director of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Outpatient Infusion Center, Clinical Director of the Non-Malignant Hematology Clinic, and Director of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Sickle Cell Program. She is also a triple-board certified specialist in Medical Oncology, Hematology, and Internal Medicine.

Her educational background includes a medical degree from the University of Port Harcourt in Nigeria, Haematology and Medical Oncology training at Yale School of Medicine, and a Master’s in Public Health from Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Okam Achebe also serves as a commissioner on the Lancet Non-Communicable Disease and Injuries (NCDI) Nigeria Poverty Commission as the sickle cell disease expert and guides the identification and prioritisation of policies, interventions, and integrated delivery platforms to effectively address and reduce SCD burden in the country.

The expert is actively involved in clinical trials and translational research at BWH and was an investigator in the development of two of the most recently used US FDA-approved drugs for SCD

Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a premier teaching hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, will honour Dr. Maureen Achebe for her outstanding achievements at a ceremony on October 28, 2024.


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