Bennet Omalu, MD, MBA, MPH, CPE, DABP-AP, CP, FP, NP

Bennet Ifeakandu Omalu, MD, MBA, MPH, CPE, DABP-AP, CP, FP, NP


Pathology - Anatomic

Pathology - Clinical

Pathology - Forensic




  • Clinical Professor


Bennet Ifeakandu Omalu is not currently accepting new patients. For assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).

UC Davis Medical Center

2315 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Primary Phone:
800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284)

Clinical Interests

Dr. Omalu is a forensic pathologist and neuropathologist who has a special interest in the forensic aspects of brain trauma and in the long term and persistent effects of brain trauma. He is a leading consultant and expert in legal medicine. 

His work and life have been featured in all media platforms, bestselling books and documentaries across the world, and in a major Hollywood film called “Concussion”. 




M.D., University of Nigeria, Enugu, Nigeria 1990

M.B.A., Carnegie-Mellon University, Tepper School of Business, Pittsburgh PA 2008

M.P.H., Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health, Pittsburgh PA 2004

M.B., B.S., University of Nigeria, Enugu, Nigeria 1990

Internship: General/Family Practice, University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu, Nigeria 1991-1992


Anatomic/Clinical Pathology, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, New York City NY 1995-1999


Forensic Pathology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA 1999-2000

Neuropathology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA 2000-2002

Board Certifications

American Board of Pathology, Anatomic Pathology, 2002

American Board of Pathology, Clinical Pathology, 2003

American Board of Pathology, Forensic Pathology, 2004

American Board of Pathology, Neuropathology, 2005

Medical Management, Certified Physician Executive (CPE), 2011

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Forensic Sciences

American Association for the Advancement of Science

American Association of Neuropathologists

American Association of Physician Leadership

American Association of Public Health

American College of Epidemiology - Fellow

American Medical Association

American Public Health Association

American Society for Investigative Pathology

American Society of Clinical Pathologists

Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas

California Medical Society

California Society of Pathologists

College of American Pathologists

International Academy of Pathology

National Association of Medical Examiners

San Joaquin Medical Society

Union of American Physicians and Dentists

United States - Canadian Academy of Pathology

Honors and Awards

Doctor of Science, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin, Ireland, 2017

Doctor of Science, Westminster College, Fulton MO, 2016

Doctor of Science, Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans LA, 2016

Distinguished Service Award [The highest award of the American Medical Association- AMA], 2016

Distinguished Great Immigrant, Carnegie Corporation of New York, 2016

Dr. Ernst Jokl Sports Medicine Award, Unites States Sports Academy, 2016

Medscape Best Physicians of the Year, 2015

WebMD Health Heroes Award- Scientist, 2015