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

Maureen Achebe, esteemed medical professional and daughter of the late renowned novelist Chinua Achebe, has been honored with the Brigham and Women’s Hospital 2024 Faculty Development and Diversity Awards.

The announcement was made by her brother, Chidi Achebe, Chairman of the African Integrated Development Enterprise Public Benefit Corporation, in a LinkedIn post on July 2.

The prestigious award from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a premier teaching hospital affiliated with Harvard Medical School, recognizes Maureen Achebe’s exceptional contributions and leadership in the medical field.

Chidi Achebe shared the contents of the notification letter dated July 2, 2024, which detailed Maureen’s accolades and achievements.

Maureen Achebe currently serves as President of AIDE Healthcare International, Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School, and holds multiple significant roles at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She is the Director of the Outpatient Infusion Centre, Clinical Director of the Non-Malignant Hematology Clinic, and Director of the Sickle Cell Programme.

Additionally, she is an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and holds triple-board certification in Medical Oncology, Hematology, and Internal Medicine.

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

Maureen Achebe is renowned for her extensive involvement in medical research and clinical trials, particularly in sickle cell disease (SCD).

She co-chairs the data subcommittee of the American Society of Hematology Consortium on Newborn Screening for Sickle Cell Disease in Africa, aimed at enhancing early intervention strategies across sub-Saharan Africa.

She also serves as a commissioner on the Lancet Non-Communicable Disease and Injuries Nigeria Poverty Commission, guiding policy initiatives to alleviate the burden of SCD in Nigeria.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital will formally recognize Maureen Achebe’s outstanding achievements at an award ceremony scheduled for October 28, 2024.

Maureen’s brother, Chidi Achebe, expressed immense pride in her accomplishments, 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!”

Maureen Achebe’s contributions to medicine and public health exemplify her commitment to advancing healthcare and alleviating the impact of diseases like sickle cell anemia globally. Her recognition underscores her dedication and impact in the medical field.

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