ECFMG President and CEO William W. Pinsky, M.D., on October 24 joined Bennet Omalu, M.D., the Nigerian-born forensic pathologist who was the subject of the 2015 film Concussion, for a television and radio tour of cities nationwide to talk about the importance of international medical graduates (IMGs) to health care in the United States.
From a studio in New York City, Drs. Pinsky and Omalu did 24 interviews via satellite with television and radio stations in 19 cities in 17 different states, including such large-market cities as Dallas, Denver, Minneapolis, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, St. Louis, and Tampa.
During the interviews, Dr. Omalu talked about his path from medical school in Nigeria to being one of the eminent forensic pathologists in the United States. Dr. Pinsky discussed the important contributions that physicians, such as Dr. Omalu, make to health care in the nation.
Dr. Omalu identified and named the disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), which results from repeated concussions suffered by athletes, including football players. He is the President and Medical Director of Bennet Omalu Pathology and author of the memoir Truth Doesn’t Have a Side, which was published in 2017 by Zondervan, HarperCollins.
The television and radio tour was part of Strategic Initiative 9 of the ECFMG/FAIMER strategic plan to be a thought leader and to serve as an active advocate for IMGs. In recent months, the Communications Department paired Dr. Pinsky with several IMGs to talk about the important contributions they make to U.S. health care, especially amidst a growing national physician shortage.
Dr. Pinsky did a video interview and opinion pieces in cardiology trade publications with Mandeep R. Mehra, M.D., a renowned cardiologist and medical director of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Vascular Center; a widely published press release with Archana Chatterjee, M.D., a pediatric infectious disease specialist in South Dakota; and a radio media tour with Beatriz Wills, M.D. of Colombia, an internist at Johns Hopkins Medical Center.
The television and radio tour with Dr. Omalu included interviews with the following media outlets (links to available interviews are included below):
- KCTU, Wichita-Hutchinson, KS
- KETV, Omaha, NE
- KRMG-AM/FM, Tulsa, OK
- WYRQ-FM, Minneapolis, MN
- Daybreak USA, IRN/USA Radio
- Health Professional Radio
- WXGM-FM, Norfolk-Portsmouth, VA
- KTXA, Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX
- WALA, Mobile-Pensacola, FL
- WTWO, Terre Haute, IN
- WHIG, Raleigh, NC
- Spectrum News 13, Orlando, FL
- KPLR, St. Louis, MO
- KFKA-AM, Denver, CO (interview begins at 8:18)
- WISR-AM, Pittsburgh, PA
- News Around America
- SNN 6, Tampa, FL
- WKUL-FM, Birmingham, AL
- Park City TV, Salt Lake City, UT
- CONN TV
- WFIF-AM, Hartford-New Haven, CT
- Mississippi Hometown, Jackson, MS
- Louisiana Hometown, New Orleans, LA
- Sports Byline USA