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July 26, 2012

Obiora Onwuameze, M.D., Ph.D., has joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine as an assistant professor of psychiatry. He will provide health care in Springfield and also is a member of SIU HealthCare, the medical school’s practice group.

Onwuameze completed his psychiatry residency at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics (UIHC) in Iowa City (2012). He received a doctorate degree in occupational epidemiology (2009) and a master’s degree in epidemiology (2004), both at the University of Iowa College of Public Health. He completed a research fellowship in the study of malaria at the College of Medicine, University of Nigeria (2002) in Enugu, where he earned his medical degree (1990).

Previously, Onwuameze was senior medical officer at HEDA Hospitals and Clinics in Lagos, Nigeria (1997-2002). He was a research statistician-epidemiologist for the Department of Occupational Health at the Great Plains Center for Rural and Agricultural Health (2005-08) and a research assistant for the Trauma and Burn Unit Department of Surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (2007-08).

Onwuameze is a recipient of several national honors, including the American Psychiatric Association\Lilly Resident Research Award and the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology (ASCP) New Investigator Award. His fellowships include the American Association of Directors of Residency Training Programs International Medical Graduate fellowship and the NIMH-funded Career Development Institute in Psychiatry fellowship. He is a member of the ASCP, American Academy of Clinical Psychiatrists, American Psychiatric Association and American Public Health Association. His research interests include cognition in schizophrenia and in general etiopathological risk factors for schizophrenia. He has several peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Onwuameze and his wife Nkechi have three children.