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US: Nigerian-born medical doctor emerges one of America’s best physicians

A NIGERIAN-born medical doctor, Professor Iyalla Elvis Peterside, has been named one of America’s best physicians for the year 2020 by the US National Consumer Advisory Board and

This was made known by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), which celebrated the medical doctor on its Twitter handle.

Professor of Pediatrics and Neonatalogy at the University of Pennsylvania Medical school and a Consultant at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Peterside, is considered one of the best Children’s Hospitals in the world where he has worked for over 20 years.

The outstanding professor was until recently the medical director of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital and the president of the Philadelphia Perinatal Society.

Peterside is a recipient of many awards from his colleagues and professional associations in the US. His area of expertise is in the care of complex surgical neonates, infants needing extracorporeal support and babies with Chronic lung disease.

He is a 1985 graduate of the University of Ibadan and has practised medicine in four continents — Africa, Europe , Asia and North America.

Prof Peterside is one of Nigerian professionals who constitute the most celebrated diaspora community in the US.

According to a 2017 data from the Migration Policy Institute, Nigerians are top on the table of the most highly educated of all diaspora groups in the US, with 61 per cent holding at least a bachelor’s degree compared with 31 per cent of the total foreign-born population and 32 per cent of US-born population.

Over half of Nigerian immigrants (54 per cent) were most likely to occupy management positions, compared with 32 per cent of the total foreign-born population and 39 per cent of the US-born population.

The creative art sector in the US is also dominated by Nigerians.

It should be noted also that President Joe Biden has, so far, appointed more Nigerians to sensitive political offices than members of any other diaspora community.

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