This year, the John A. Burns School of Medicine Alpha Omega Alpha honorary society has invited Dr. Oluwaferanmi Okanlami (or Dr. O for short) as a visiting professor.
Dr. O is the Director of Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services at the University of Michigan, where he oversees the office of Services for Students with Disabilities, two Testing Accommodation Centers, and the Adaptive Sports & Fitness Program. He is also an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and Urology at Michigan Medicine, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
Please refer to the attached flyer. You are invited to attend the Zoom session, “DEI through the lens of adaptive sports”, on Wednesday, April 19, 2023 at 5:30 pm Hawaii time.
Meeting ID: 938 3308 7119
Dr. O was born in Nigeria before immigrating to the US at a young age.
He earned his MD from the University of Michigan before matching into
Orthopedic Surgery at Yale. At the beginning of his 3rd year he
experienced a spinal cord injury, paralyzing him from the chest down.
After two surgeries and intense rehabilitation, he was blessed with some
return of motor function, and navigates the world as a proud wheelchair
user, managing the other long term sequelae of an incomplete cervical
spinal cord injury.
He has a Master’s in Engineering, Science, and Technology Entrepreneurship from The University of Notre Dame, and completed his Family Medicine Residency at Memorial Hospital in South Bend, Indiana. Nationally, he serves as the Disability Issues representative on the Steering Committee for the Group on Diversity and Inclusion at the Association of American Medical Colleges, sits on the National Medical Association’s Council on Medical Legislation, and was chosen by the White House Office of Public Engagement to participate in the Health Equity Leaders Roundtable Series dedicated to exploring perspectives around Access to Care.
Recently, he was featured on Good Morning America.
Youtube Link: https://youtu.be/t-CgEKcSxIs