From a young age, Dr. Amaka Nwubah discovered her fascination with medicine, exposed to its wonders by her father, a pharmacist, and her mother, a nurse. Born and raised in New Orleans as the youngest of five children, Amaka felt her intrigue further ignited by the medical missions in which she participated to her parents’ native land of Nigeria. The core values they instilled within her–compassion, hard work, and excellence–gave her the grit and determination she drew upon to achieve her dream of becoming a doctor.
After graduating from Louisiana State University with highest honors, double majoring in Biology and Spanish, Amaka went on to attend Vanderbilt University for medical school and was awarded a merit scholarship. It was during her third year of medical school at Vanderbilt University, while working the plastic surgery rotation, that she experienced the electrifying thrill of finding her calling. Dr. Nwubah said, “I loved the challenge and the reverse engineering it involved – plastic surgeons know what they want to achieve for a patient, and they then use their artistry and surgical skills to figure out how to do it. To me, it was the perfect specialty and from that point on, I could not imagine myself doing anything else.”
After medical school, she was selected for a highly competitive integrated plastic surgery position at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. While successfully completing this rigorous plastic surgery training program, she pursued her research interests. Her stellar achievement and academic record led her to be awarded two grants from the Plastic Surgery Foundation for research she pioneered on a non-contact device to measure blood flow in skin flaps.
Dr. Nwubah notes, “My hope has always been that through research and innovation, I can make a far reaching impact on countless patients and improve the overall process and delivery of health care. Through her medical training, she has authored over 40 publications and presentations, at the national and international level.
With the goal to one day become a leader in plastic surgery, Dr. Nwubah elected to undertake the one-year ACPS Fellowship program in order to further perfect and refine her skills and her proficiency and technique in aesthetic surgery of the face, body and breast. ACPS was her fellowship of choice because, “ACPS surgeons emphasize high quality results, innovation, consistency, compassion and importantly, safety while doing so. Their commitment to this, and their presence in the aesthetic community as thought leaders, is simply unparalleled. For me, there was no question that this is where I would get the training and experience to be the best at what I do. “It is truly a privilege to be chosen as the 2018-2019 ACPS Aesthetic Fellow.”
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