I was born and raised in Benin city, Nigeria. I have lived in the United States for over 10 years. I attended Georgia Institute of Technology and majored in Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in Neuroengineering. I attended Georgia Regent University (Medical College of Georgia) and completed my adult psychiatry training at the University of Virginia. I interviewed at several other programs but chose CHA because I believe that this program emphasizes teaching, had very approachable faculty, and a collegial environment. My academic interests include bipolar spectrum disorders and primary thought disorders. When not working, I spend my time watching foreign TV shows, dancing, and yoga.
I hail from New Orleans but I've had a wonderful time these past few years between Atlanta, Nashville and Houston. I decided for fellowship to search within and beyond the South for a training program that would best allow me to find myself as a psychiatrist. Deciding to leave warm climates, I sought a program where I would feel a different type of warmth. CHA was already high on my list after speaking with a former Baylor trainee who spoke glowingly of his time as part of the CHA family. I learned quickly the theme of “family” was one of CHA’s greatest strengths, and I experienced this during my visit. I also appreciated the community focus, the psychotherapy support and the wealth of knowledge, experience and interests of the faculty. My own interests are varied. I enjoy working with youth with developmental disorders and also have a fondness for youth affected by various traumas. Personally, I enjoy sports with my fanaticism aimed squarely at the hometown Saints, Duke basketball and LSU football. Speaking of being a fanatic, I've never met a decadent chocolate dessert I didn't love. I'm thrilled to have joined the CHA family.
I started my clinical work driving an ambulance through snowdrifts to reach isolated farmhouses and impoverished patients who rarely sought medical care. Eventually, I went to medical school in Syracuse, NY. Psychiatry drew me in because of its close attention to people’s relationships. Before coming to Cambridge, I spent 3 years at Mount Sinai Medical Center in NYC, where my mentors encouraged me to look at CHA for my child and adolescent fellowship training. I have a strong interest in community mental health care and the provision of care to underserved populations, and I am deeply impressed by the community of clinicians at CHA. I came to CHA because of the warmth of the faculty and fellows, their intellectual curiosity and clear joy in teaching, and their dedication to outstanding patient care. Outside the clinic, I tend to spend my time outdoors with friends and family. I enjoy running, biking, backpacking, climbing, kayaking, and spontaneous road trips.
I have been planning on completing a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship since I first applied to psychiatry residencies. I first started hearing about the phenomenal program at Cambridge Health Alliance from fellow Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residents and alumni during my PGY-1 year, and have hoped to pursue my training at Cambridge ever since. I feel so privileged to be able to see this dream come to fruition. I am excited to join the Cambridge Health Alliance Community, and am compelled by its sense of family, overwhelming acceptance, warmth and compassion, emphasis on psychodynamic treatments, and exceptional reputation for providing outstanding clinical training. I have always been fascinated by how adolescents negotiate the transitional years where they grapple with independence, while still craving the comfort of home, such as in the field of college mental health. However, as my training has progressed, I find I am interested in a wide variety of ages and diagnoses, from infant mental health through adolescence and early adulthood, from mood disorders to early psychosis .In my free time I love painting and hope to illustrate and create children's books and projects related to combining art and therapy.
CHA seemed like a natural fit for me. I've always valued the chance to better the communities in which I've lived through my day to day work and service but also through seeking answers to the broader questions about how systems and policies can better serve children and families in need. It was clear that the people I met at CHA shared this passion. It was also clear that they were a family and supported each other on many fronts. This was a family I wanted to be a part of. My clinical and research interests within adult and child psychiatry include global mental health, more specifically mental health care in China, and addressing patient's religious and spiritual concerns.
My family is my biggest interest outside of the hospital I enjoy spending time with my wife and my two year old son. Residency didn't leave time for much else, but I'm looking forward to fellowship so that I can rediscover some of things I love like playing the piano and outdoor activities (running, hiking, biking, and skiing).