MSU NEWS – PHYSICIAN, ALUMNUS OBENG TO SPEAK AT MSU COMMENCEMENT
Posted November 4, 2017
Filed under Public Information on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 by Author: Public Information.
He received his medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, and completed post-graduate work in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the UT Medical Branch John Sealy Hospitals for Children before accepting a fellowship at Harvard Medical School.
Obeng is currently on staff at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, Calif., and is a noted author and lecturer on healthcare disparities around the globe. He has received numerous honors, awards and recognition for his professional achievements including a research grant from the National Institute of Health and the Herman A. Barnett Memorial Award for Excellence in Surgery and Anesthesia. His professional society memberships include the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, and the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery.
In Ghana, Obeng saw the pain caused by physical deformities, and the helplessness of those afflicted as they lived with their situation with no money, and too few qualified physicians, to have the problem corrected. He formed RESTORE (Restoring Emotional Stability Through Outstanding Reconstructive Efforts) to help those people. RESTORE’s volunteer teams have traveled to Ghana and Guatemala to perform free reconstruction surgeries. Obeng credits the giving spirit of teachers, advisers, and fellow students during his time at Midwestern State with instilling in him the need to help others. “I won’t forget where it all started,” he said.