Okonjo Iweala’s son breaks US record on robotic surgery 

Dr Uchechi Iweala the son of Dr. Okonjo Iweala, former Minister of Finance breaks Medical Record In USA.
Dr Uchechi Iweala has become the first to perform a robotic spinal surgery in Maryland, USA.
By this feat he has broken medical record in far away United States.
Dr Uchechi Iweala, successfully performed a navigated lumbar spinal fusion using a robot, the first in the history of mankind in USA.

Uchechi Iweala is a board-eligible, fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in spine surgery. Dr. Iweala’s specialties include:

  • Robotic Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Cervical and Lumbar Disc Replacement
  • Spinal Fusion/Arthrodesis
  • Nerve Releases
  • Spinal Injections
  • Spinal Deformity
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Trauma and Fracture Care

Dr. Iweala grew up in Maryland and attended St. Albans in DC. He earned his Bachelor’s degree with honors at Harvard College, and received his MD/MBA from Harvard Medical School and Harvard Business School. Dr. Iweala 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.

Dr. Iweala has published numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed academic papers, including in the International Journal of Spine Surgery and the Journal of Orthopaedics. His research interests include minimizing re-operation after spinal fusion, limiting the use of narcotics in spine surgery, and maximizing the efficiency and value of care for spine surgery patients.

Dr. Iweala also has a passion for meeting surgical needs around the world. He has worked on health projects in Ghana and South Africa, and recently co-founded a surgery center in Nigeria with his father, a trained neurosurgeon.

Dr. Iweala is a member of the Lumbar Spine Research Society, the North American Spine Society, and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

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