2020.08.06 - Dr. Bennet Omalu, UC Davis - Careers in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
From Gabriela Lee
Our speaker at today's Summer Talks: Careers in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine event (8/6/2020) is Dr. Bennet Omalu, who first diagnosed chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in 2002 in a NFL player. His story inspired the 2015 film "Concussion", in which he was portrayed by Will Smith.
Dr. Bennet Omalu, MD, MBA, MPH is a Volunteer Clinical Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Chief Medical Examiner for San Joaquin County, California, Co-founder of TauMark, Inc, and Founder of Bennet Omalu Pathology, Inc.
A forensic pathologist and neuropathologist, Dr. Omalu has clinical interests in forensic and hospital autopsies, causes, mechanisms and manners of death, as well as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), neurotrauma and forensic neuropathology. His research interests include CTE in athletes; CTE and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in military veterans; neurodegenerative sequelae of acute, subacute and chronic neurotrauma; and neuropathology of repetitive traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Dr. Omalu holds eight degrees and certifications in the medical sciences and business management and has been honored by the United States Congress for his work on brain injury and trauma. Omalu is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award, the American Medical Association's highest honor.