Ijeoma Opara, M.D., among honorees in WSU campus community’s newest Profiles in Warrior Strong
June 29, 2021
Three Wayne State community members and a team of employees were selected by a committee of their peers to receive the latest Profiles in Warrior Strong recognition for their accomplishments during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The winners, who were acknowledged and had an opportunity to speak at the June 25 Board of Governors meeting, are:
Ijeoma Opara, assistant professor of internal medicine and pediatrics in the School of Medicine, associate program director of the internal medicine-pediatrics residency, and a physician with Wayne Health.
A long-time advocate for equity in the health care industry, Dr. Opara was recognized for her tireless work during the pandemic to raise awareness about racialized medicine; create new systems of training for medical students, residents, and doctors; advocate for professional and policy changes; hold institutions accountable; create advocacy networks of Black doctors; and highlight the stories of Black patients.
She also continues to serve her patients as a physician with Wayne Health, including providing care and testing in the city’s homeless shelters at the height of the pandemic.
Her nominator wrote, “Her endless compassion, care, and enthusiasm and her incisive critiques and insights make her a powerful advocate who has established Wayne State as a center for this work and improved the education of everyone in our med school. She is a perfect example of what it means to be Warrior Strong.”
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