Bennet Omalu was bornon 1968 in Nnokwa, Idemili South, Nigeria, American, is Neuropathologist, Forensic Pathologist. Bennet Omalu, is a Nigerian American physician, neuropathologist, and forensic pathologist, highly acclaimed for conducting pioneering research on CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) and publishing a paper on his groundbreaking investigation. Though CTE had earlier been traced in athletes and pugilists, Omalu diagnosed the condition for the first time in gridiron (popularly called American football) players. The breakthrough happened while he was employed as a neuropathologist in the coroner’s office at Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Bennet Omalu was only 16 when he qualified as a medical school (affiliated to University of Nigeria) undergraduate. He practiced as a physician for three years following his completion of an internship and soon after migrated to the US to complete a fellowship in epidemiology at University of Washington, Seattle. His relocation to New York City for a residency training course in clinical and anatomical pathology in Harlem Hospital Center under Columbia University proved to be decisive. Omalu while carrying out a postmortem of Mike Webster, erstwhile player of Pittsburgh Steelers who had died prematurely, discovered signs of a neurological condition known as CTE that is related to recurring head trauma. Later on, he conducted an autopsy on Terry Long, an ex-NFL player who committed suicide at 45, and came up with similar findings. Bennet is the chief medical examiner of San Joaquin County and is a professor at University of California, Davis.
In June 1990, Bennet received his MBBS degree after which he did an internship
Bennet Omalu was born on 30 September, 1968 in South Eastern Nigeria when the country was ravaged by civil war