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Kind Nigerian US-based Professor Donates N500m to UI College of Medicine

An alumnus of the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, MBBS Class of 1985, Dr. Philip Ozuah, has donated the sum of $1,000,000 (~N500m) to the new hostel building fund of the college

Dr Ozuah, who is based in the United States of America, announced the donation at the second anniversary of the current administration of the first female provost of the college, Professor Olayinka Omigbodun.

According to a statement released by the college and the Ibadan College of Medicine Alumni Association (ICOMAA) Worldwide, Dr. Ozuah, who was a medical school classmate of the college provost said the ICOMAA played a vital role during the early stages of his career.

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The statement reads in part: “Dr Ozuah, a professor of Paediatrics and a multi-award winning medical educator, is the President and CEO of Montefiore Medicine, the umbrella organisation for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health Systems. 

“The keynote speaker, who had accepted to be the Fundraiser-in-Chief for the Students’ Hostel Project, related a truly inspirational story of his journey from his studentship days in the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan (CoMUI) to his present status as President and CEO of Montefiore Medicine which includes Albert Einstein College of Medicine, one of the premier centres for research, medical education and clinical investigation in the United States of America. 

“He expressed appreciation for the role of CoMUI in the foundational stages of his career and thanked his supportive wife and children for their contributions to the journey. There was a live audience in the AOK Johnson Board Room, as well as more than 160 students, alumni and staff of CoMUI, and other stakeholders who joined the event from all parts of the world. 

“The highly-distinguished alumnus, who was a medical school classmate of the Provost of the College of Medicine, went ahead to make an unprecedented donation of $1,000,000 to the new hostel building fund on behalf of his family, while acknowledging the presence of his wife and children on the Zoom platform, where he delivered the stimulating lecture.”

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