Who is Dr. Bennet Omalu and what is his net worth 2019? Nigerian-American physician, neuropathologist and forensic pathologist, Bennet Ifeakandu Omalu was the first person to have discovered and published information and data on chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE that was observed in American footballers. He made this observation when he was working at Pittsburgh’s Allegheny County Coroner’s Office. He has also served at San Joaquin Country as the chief medical examiner and is currently working at the University of California’s Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine as a professor.
Omalu was born on September 30, 1968 in Nnokwa, Idemili South in Nigeria. While his father worked as a civil mining engineer, his mother worked as a seamstress. His father was also Enugu-Ukwu, his native village’s community leader.
He attended the Federal Government College Enugu followed by the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where he pursued a degree in MBBS. He is married to Prema Mutiso and has two children. The family lives in Lodi, California.
After graduating from medical school, he pursued a clinical internship and three years of service work in Jos, pursuing a doctorate. He moved to the United States to pursue a fellowship in Epidemiology from the University of Washington, Seattle. He then moved to New York City where he started attending Columbia University. Here, he pursued a residency training program at the Harlem Hospital Center for Anatomic and clinical pathology.
After completing his residency, he started training as a forensic pathologist under Allegheny County Coroner Office’s famed forensic consultant, Cyril Wecht. This is when neuropathology piqued his interest.
Omalu has several board certifications and advanced degrees to his name as well as receiving several pathology and neuropathology fellowships from the University of Pittsburgh. He then obtained a Master of Public Health in the area of Epidemiology in 2004 from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, followed by obtaining an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business in 2008.
He currently serves as San Joaquin County’s chief medical examiner and also works at the UC Davis Department of Medical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine as a professor.
He was the first person to have discovered and reported the connection of CTE with NFL players as well as war veterans suffering from PTSD.
In 2017, he published his book titled, Truth Doesn’t Have a Side: My Alarming Discovery about the Danger of Contact Sports.
Net Worth of Dr. Bennet Omalu
Omalu’s long and successful career as a medical doctor, forensic pathologist, professor and medical examiner has amassed his an estimated net worth of $720 million.
Omalu is responsible for discovering CTE after performing autopsy on Mike Webster, a former professional football player for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He co-founded the Brain Injury Research Institute in association with Julian Bailes and Robert P. Fitzsimmons. The institute houses a brain and tissue bank. His discovery on CTE was acknowledged by the BFL publicly only in 2009 after Omalu had discovered tau protein concentrations in the brains of several other NFL players such as Terry Long, Justin Strzelczyk, Andre Waters and Tom McHale.