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US Hospital Appoints Late Nigerian Prof Akunyili’s Daughter as First Black Chief Medical Officer

US Hospital Appoints Late Nigerian Prof Akunyili’s Daughter as First Black Chief Medical Officer

Ije Akunyili has been appointed by AUS medical center, Jersey City Medical Center as the first black Chief Medical Officer of the hospital.

Dr. Akunyili is the daughter of a well-known Nigerian professor, Dora Akunyili.

Her appointment was announced in a statement released by the center via its website, on Thursday, January 12, declaring that Akunyili’s appointment took effect from January 2, 2023.

Her mother, Dora had been the Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, in Nigeria from 2001 to 2008.

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Dora died at a specialist cancer hospital in India on June 7, 2014, after a two-year
protracted battle with uterine cancer.

Andy Anderson, the MD, Executive Vice President, and Chief Medical and Quality
Officer for RWJ Barnabas Health said, “She will be a tremendous asset to our team.”

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