Oheneba Boachie-Adjei

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Prof Dr Oheneba Boachie-Adjei MD
Born 16 December 1950
Kumasi, Ghana
Nationality Ghanaian
Occupation Orthopedic surgeon
Medical career
Sub-specialties spinal surgery, kyphosis, scoliosis

Oheneba Boachie-Adjei (born 16 December 1950) is a Ghanaian orthopaedic surgeon. He specializes in spinal reconstruction and the treatment of kyphosis and scoliosis. He is professor of orthopaedic surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, in the United States,[1] and is an attending orthopaedic surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery, at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, all in New York City.[2] From 1972 to 1976 he studied at Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, New York, in the United States, where he completed a BS degree summa cum laude. He then studied medicine at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.[3]

Early life

Boachie-Adjei was born on 16 December 1950 in Kumasi to Mary Akosua Dwomoh and Mr Boakye Dankwa in Ghana West Africa. When Oheneba was only six years, he fell gravely ill and almost died. He was cured by a locally-born, Western-trained physician and vowed that he too would dedicate his life to saving others. He emigrated from Ghana to the US in the early 1970s as a 21-year old with only $12 in his pocket. In 1976, Mr. Boachie-Adjei graduated with Honors (summa cum laude) from Brooklyn College in New York. In 1980, Dr. Boachie-Adjei graduated from Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons with his MD.


Boachie-Adjei has invented and patented several devices used in spinal surgery, has lectured and published on the subject.[3]

Boachie-Adjei established the Foundation of Orthopedics and Complex Spine in Accra, Ghana, of which he is the president; it helps to provide better orthopaedic medical services to West Africa and other parts of the Third World.[3][4]

Awards and recognition

Boachie-Adjei received the Humanitarian Award of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons in 2004.[5][3][4] In 2006, he was named to the David B. Levine Endowed Clinical Research Chair at Hospital for Special Surgery.[6] In 2008–2009 he was president of the Scoliosis Research Society. He appeared in “Surgery Saved My Life”, a documentary on the Discovery Channel.[2] Boachie-Adjei was also the recipient of the 2012 Ahmadiyya Muslim Peace Prize.[7]


1999: Scoliosis: Ascending the curve.[8]


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  2. ^ a b "Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, MD". HSS. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d "CNN African Voices To Feature Oheneba-Boachie-Adjei". SpyGnana. 27 February 2015. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  4. ^ a b Jennie McKee. "Life Comes Full-Circle for Orthopaedic Surgeon from Ghana". AAOS. American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Humanitarian Award Winners". AAOS. American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  6. ^ "From the Surgeon-in-Chief Thomas P. Sculco, M.D." Hospital for Special Surgery Alumni News, Fall 2006, p 2.
  7. ^ "Muslim leader says World War inevitable unless true justice prevails". Alislam. 25 March 2013. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  8. ^ "Scoliosis: Ascending the Curve". amazon. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
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