The US Based Nigerian Neuro-Surgeon Who Performs Free Surgeries

The US Based Nigerian Neuro-Surgeon Who Performs Free Surgeries

Dr Olawale Sulaiman is a US-based Nigerian Neurosurgeon who took a pay cut so he can come back to Nigeria to perform surgeries free of charge

Random acts of kindness lead to change. And Nigerian neurosurgeon, Dr Olawale Sulaiman, is showing how much difference it can make when you care for others.

Dr Olawale Sulaiman: the US-based neurosurgeon who returns home to perform free surgeries

the US-based neurosurgeon who returns home to perform free surgeries

Dr Olawale Sulaiman is a professor of neurosurgery and spine surgery. Currently, he serves as the System Chairman of Department of Neurosurgery at Ochsner health system in Louisiana, USA. He is also the co-medical director of Ochsner Neuroscience Institute and medical director of the most comprehensive spine centre in the region. He is recognised as one of the best in the field of spine surgery, particularly for his skill in the use of less invasive methods in the treatment of spinal disorders.

With all these commitments, Dr Olawale looks like a very busy man for whom time would be an expensive and scarce commodity. Regardless, according to ITV, the surgeon flies back to Nigeria to work with the less privileged for ten days.

Where it all started

dr olawale sulaiman

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The Doctor’s journey to Nigeria started in 2010. He came to an agreement with Ochsner to give up 25% of his salary so he can have a schedule that allows him to travel to Nigeria. Hence, the medical mission back to Nigeria kicked off. Impressively, Sulaiman and his team have performed surgeries on over 500 people in the last five years. In that time, as a way to support his efforts, Ochsner sent medical supplies with him to Nigeria.

Acts of kindness like this are often motivated by something deeper. For Dr Olawale, born in Lagos Island, his motivation comes from his humble background. “I am one of 10 children born into a polygamous family. My siblings and I shared one room where we often found ourselves sleeping on a mat on the floor,” he told CNN.

the US-based neurosurgeon who returns home to perform free surgeries

However, at the age of 19, he got a scholarship to study medicine in Bulgaria. The much-needed scholarship helped move Olawale to where he is today, and this is his way of giving back. According to him, “Africans who have had the privilege of getting outstanding training and education abroad must mobilize their network of influence to transform our continent,”.

Ways To Be Kind

You don’t have to have lots of money or be well accomplished in order to perform acts of kindness. There are so many ways to be kind to people that don’t involve money.

  • Help the elderly and little children cross the road.
  • Slow down the speed of your car and wait for school children who want to cross the road.
  • Assist the elderly if you see them carrying anything heavy.
  • Talk to people gently, don’t be harsh.
  • Drive carefully on the road and be mindful of other road users.
  • Don’t forget to smile, it can do wonders.
  • Keep in touch with friends and family.
  • Be a good listener, it may all that person needs.
  • Drive carefully around puddles of water, so that you don’t splash water on other people.

There are lots and lots of ways to help people. Bottom line is to do unto others as you’d want them to do unto you.

Read also: How Do I Teach Kindness To My Children?


Written by

Lydia Ume