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Maureen Achebe, daughter of the late novelist Chinua Achebe, has been presented the Brigham and Women’s Hospital 2024 faculty development and diversity award.

Achebe was notified of her award in a letter dated July 2, according to a post shared by her sibling Chidi Achebe.

“The 2024 Faculty Awards designation acknowledges the exceptional achievements of BWH faculty in one or more of the four pillars of academic life; clinical care, research, education, and community service,” the letter reads.

Achebe earned her first medical degree from the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria; a hematology and medical oncology training at Yale School of Medicine; and a master’s degree in public health at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

She is also an associate professor, Harvard Medical School; director, Brigham and Women’s Hospital Outpatient Infusion Center; clinical director, Non-Malignant Hematology Clinic; director, Brigham and Women’s Hospital sickle cell program; and instructor in medicine, Harvard Medical School.

Achebe also serves as a commissioner on the Lancet Non-Communicable Disease and Injuries (NCDI) Nigeria Poverty Commission as the sickle cell disease expert and guides the identification and prioritisation of policies, interventions, and integrated delivery platforms to effectively address and reduce SCD burden in the country.

The hospital said she would be honoured for her accomplishments on October 28.

The Brigham and Women’s Hospital is the premier teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School.

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