Meet Dr. Ben Omalu. For those who are unfamiliar with his person, he’s the man who inspired Will Smith’s role in the 2015 movie, Concussion. 47-year Dr. Omalu who’s now somewhat of a global household name owing to the movie’s success is an American-based Physician, Pathologist and Neuropathologist. His work gained remarkable recognition internationally when he single-handedly discovered that retired NFL players were dying from head traumas suffered during their playing days.
This discovery was not warmly received by the American National Football League and the industry went to great lengths to suppress and discredit Dr. Omalu’s remarkable discovery. However, Omalu believed his findings would be effective in aiding a solution to the problem. In 2005, he went ahead to publish this discovery in the Journal of Neurosurgery and entitled it ‘Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in American Football Players.’ Several years later, the NFL would eventually acknowledge the connection between concussion sustained during football and chronic traumatic encephalopathy, making Dr Omalu’s work highly relevant and instrumental in the current measures in averting future episodes among players.
The initial rejection and critical scrutiny of Dr Omalu’s work was subjected to did not deter his efforts at making an impact in this field of work. Today he is internationally recognised and applauded for his commitment to saving lives despite going against a giant opponent like the NFL.
Dr. Omalu is currently the chief medical examiner of San Joaquin County, California and a professor in the UC Davis Department of Medical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.
Listen to Dr. Omalu as speaks about his foray into medicine and his discovery of concussion.
Side note to the producers of this video (UPROXX), the subtitle was not necessary as Dr. Omalu speaks clearly.
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