Nigerian-born forensic pathologist, Bennet Omalu, who first discovered Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in an NFL player in 2002, has been honoured with the American Medical Association (AMA) Distinguished Service Award, AMA's highest award.
CTE has since been confirmed by postmortem examination in dozens of American athletes.
Dr. Omalu, MD, MBA, MPH, overcame massive efforts to discredit him and his research, and today CTE is widely recognized as a health risk in millions of patients with histories of repetitive brain trauma, including military veterans.
He was honored during the opening session of the 2016 AMA Interim Meeting in Orlanda, Fla. on Saturday, November 12th.
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Dr. Omalu was working as a forensic neuropathologist in Pittsburgh when he conducted postmortem examinations of former NFL offensive lineman Mike Webster’s brain and spotted what would become the hallmarks of CTE.