No matter the years abroad, never forget home. True to this, a Nigerian neurosurgeon based in US, Dr. Olawale Suleiman recently made news headlines for his humanitarian act of monthly travels to his native country for free surgery.
Sulaiman who is in the habit of travelling to Nigeria monthly spending seven to 10 days to perform schedule surgery free for the less privileged. Dr. Olawale is a professor of neurosurgery and spine surgery who currently serves as the System Chairman of Department of Neurosurgery at Ochsner health system in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA and a co-medical director of Ochsner Neuroscience Institute and medical director of the most comprehensive spine center in the region.
The humanitarian neurosurgeon is still regarded as one of the best spine surgeons in the USA and is skilled in the application of minimally invasive techniques to treat spinal disorders.
According to Sulaiman who also doubles as the founder of RNZ Global,” There are tremendous number of brilliant Nigerians in diaspora who will significantly contribute to raising the standard of healthcare in Nigeria, based in the metro area of New Orleans who operates and renders his medical expertise in US and Nigeria.”
“If I have been given all these opportunities in life and the least I can do is to give back to the society.” He stated further that:“My philosophy is whether you are Nigerian, Vietnamese, an American, everybody should have access to some degree of good quality healthcare.”
His medical mission in Nigeria started in 2010 with his coming to the country every few months. Now, he shuttles between USA and Nigeria every month spending seven to ten days performing free surgery and saving lives.
To achieve his medical mission in his country of birth, Dr Sulaiman agreed with Ochsner to give up 15% of his salary so he can have a flexible schedule to travel to Nigeria. In the last five years, Sulaiman and his team have performed surgeries for over 500 patients. They have also screened and provided preventative medicine to more than 5,000 people. Ochsner on the other hand has supported his efforts by sending supplies overseas with him.