Dr. Bennet Omalu was born to refugee parents in eastern Nigeria during the Biafra-Nigerian civil war. He survived the war and later attended medical school at the University of Nigeria. He is board certified in anatomic pathology, clinical pathology, forensic pathology and neuropathology.

Omalu identified and described chronic traumatic encephalopathy [CTE] in American football players beginning in 2002. In 2015, Omalu’s life and battle with the National Football League to recognize his work and the dangers of CTE were chronicled in a book and film, both titled Concussion. Will Smith portrayed Omalu in the film.  Omalu is a certified physician executive (CPE) and credits much of his success in his dealings with the NFL to his business and leadership skills.

Why Become a Certified Physician Executive?

The Certified Physician Executive (CPE) credential opens doors in today’s competitive health care leadership field. Adding CPE to your resume indicates that you’ve reached a superior level of excellence in medical management and hold the expertise to effectively lead health care organizations.

Endorsed by the American Association for Physician Leadership® and awarded by the Certifying Commission in Medical Management, the CPE credential will set you apart and advance your career.

"I took the CPE course as a sequel to completion of a Master of Medical Management Degree. The CPE experience was a great complement to the degree process. The cohort coaching concept resulted in the development of potentially life-long professional relationships with others as surely as did the master's degree experience. The CPE course is a worthwhile investment." 
Michael G. Skoch, MD, MMM, CPE

Certified Physician Executive

The Value of Physician Leadership

Physician leaders provide that competitive differential because they have extensive knowledge about the “core business” of caring for human beings. They have learned and lived patient care.

“From a leadership standpoint, I experientially ‘get it.’ And that helps me collaborate with others to think about how we can encourage the right delivery of care every time,” says Gerald B. Hickson, MD, senior vice president of quality, safety and risk prevention at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

It’s natural for physicians to be in key leadership roles shaping the decisions around what’s best for patients and the organization as a whole.

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