I am a physician who is board-certified in four medical specialties: Pediatrics, Anesthesiology, Pediatric Critical Care and Pediatric Anesthesia. I am currently a staff anesthesiologist and pediatric critical care doctor at Boston Children’s Hospital. My current academic faculty title is Instructor of Anaesthesia at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts.
In addition to my clinical responsibilities, my academic work involves creating and executing medical education projects related to Pediatric Anesthesia and Pediatric Critical Care both at home and abroad especially in my native land, Nigeria. I have worked with Massey Street Children’s Hospital and Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) on capacity building projects in the past aimed at improving the delivery of critical care in Nigeria. I am currently working with LUTH on a joint project with my former institution, Johns Hopkins Hospital, to create a rapid response team and test its feasibility in a resource challenged setting aimed at improving the detection of patients at risk of clinical deterioration and increasing the chance to prevent their escalation to cardiac arrest and death.
I am a wife and mother to two sons, one of whom has high-functioning autism. When my son was first diagnosed with Autism, I started a lifestyle blog, chichichicmd.com to share tips and tricks that have helped me handle many of life’s challenges/responsibilities and still thrive. There can be such a terrible stigma about ASD, especially in Nigeria and sub saharan Africa in general, so I want to lend my voice in whatever way I can to help combat that stigma and to demonstrate how important it is for us to ensure that every child, autistic or neurotypical, get the opportunity to reach his or her maximum God-given potential.