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Prof. Iyalla Elvis Peterside

US-based Nigerian Professor of Medicine emerges one of America’s best Physicians of Year 2020. 

 

 

Prof. Iyalla Elvis Peterside
Prof. Iyalla Elvis Peterside

Nigerians in the diaspora, fueled by passion to succeed, make global impact and the inherent resilience in them continue to record phenomenal successes on international scale in a wide range of fields.

The latest celebrity is Professor Iyalla Elvis  Peterside, a  Nigerian born  medical doctor  who has been named one of America’s Best Physicians for the year 2020  by the US National Consumer Advisory Board and Todaysbestphysician.com. Dr Peterside is a Professor of Pediatrics and Neonatalogy at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and a Consultant at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, considered one of the best Children’s Hospitals in the world where he has worked for over 20 years. He 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. He is a member of the Royal College of Physicians of London and Ireland. He 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.

After receiving his primary medical education at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria in 1985, Dr. Peterside trained in pediatrics, pediatric surgery and neonatology at the Booth Hall Children’s Hospital in Manchester, England, and The Bolton General Hospital in Bolton, England. He continued his training at the Brooklyn Medical Center in New York and completed a Fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

He has practiced medicine in the four continents of Africa, Europe,  Asia and North America.

Prof Iyalla Peterside is among Nigerian professionals who constitute the most celebrated diaspora community in the US.

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 Bachelors degree compared with 31 per cent of the total foreign-born population and 32 per cent of the US-born population, according to 2017 data from the Migration Policy Institute.

More than 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.

Nigerians also dominate the creative art sector in the US.

Most recently, President Joe Biden has appointed more Nigerians to sensitive political offices than any other diaspora community.

 

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