In Maryland, United States, Dr. Uchechi Iweala, the son of Ngozi Okonji-Iweala, Director-General of the World Trade Organization, broke a medical record.
The head of the WTO revealed on Thursday that one of the first spinal surgeons in Maryland to successfully navigate a lumbar spinal fusion with a robot was her son.
In addition to announcing the good news and praising her son for his accomplishment in medicine, the delighted mother used her Twitter account to spread the word.
She posted images from the procedure, saying: “Congratulations Dr. Uchechi Iweala, on being one of the first spinal surgeons in Maryland to perform a successful navigated lumbar spinal fusion using a robot! So proud to be your Mum! Keep it going!”
Dr. Iweala is an orthopaedic surgeon with fellowship training in spine surgery, according to the Center for Advanced Orthopaedics.
The doctor graduated from Harvard with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree before completing his orthopaedic surgery residency at George Washington University. Additionally, Dr. Iweala finished a spine surgery fellowship at New York University.
His areas of expertise include spinal fusion/arthroplasty, minimally invasive spine surgery, nerve releases, cervical and lumbar disc replacement, and robotic surgery.