I knew I wanted to become a doctor at age five, motivated by seeing the devastating effects of disease in my family. My grandmother died of diabetes at the young age of 64. Both my parents are diabetic, and thankfully, due to my increased vigilance and preventive measures, they haven’t developed adverse complications you see, like blindness, amputations, kidney disease, and heart problems. My goal is that everyone could obtain that level of care.
I was a young immigrant kid from Nigeria who came to the States at 13 years old. My mom wanted educational stability for her three kids. She worked in a New York City hospital as a registered nurse and moonlighted at a gas station and at a nursing home to afford a house in Teaneck, New Jersey. It was instilled in us: You are going to set your path, to create an enduring legacy for the family name.