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Bennet Omalu, MD

Bennet Omalu, MD

First Doctor to Discover & Diagnose Chronic Brain Damage in NFL Athletes As Chronicled in the Film Concussion
FEE RANGE: $25,000–$35,000 [FEE NOTE]
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As chronicled in the film Concussion (starring Will Smith), Dr. Bennet Omalu’s story is one of great triumph in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. Born in 1968 in Eastern Nigeria during the civil war, his family lived as refugees, his town under constant fire by the Nigerian Air Force. Despite suffering war-related under-nutrition in the first two years of his life, Omalu would go on to attend medical school at age 15 and become a physician by age 21. In 2002, Dr. Omalu made a career breakthrough when he became the first doctor to discover and identify chronic brain damage as a major factor in the deaths of some professional athletes. He called the disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).Today, CTE has become generally accepted and Dr. Omalu’s findings have revolutionized neuroscience, sports medicine and safety, the study of all types of brain trauma, and the entire sports industry. In 2015, Omalu’s life and work has been chronicled in a book and film, both titled Concussion. The book was released in 2015 and Will Smith portrayed Dr. Bennet Omalu in the film, Concussion.

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