For Immediate Release
Contact: Lea Ann Scales
Assistant Vice President of
Public Relations and Marketing
April 27, 2011
(Worcester, Mass.) -- Worcester State University hosted Dr. Imo Aisiku for the lecture "Developments in Medicine and Neuroscience: A Physician's Perspective," on Wednesday, April 27 at 9 a.m. in the Fuller Theatre in the Helen G. Shaughnessy Administration Building.
Photo courtesy of Memorial Hermann Healthcare System
Dr. Aisiku (’92) serves as vice-chair and chief of critical care in the neurosurgery department of the University of Texas Medical School at Memorial-Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas. He is part of the team caring for U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
The lecture was sponsored by Fairlawn Rehabilitation Hospital and Charter Communications. Additional underwriting support is provided by Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts and UMass Medical School.
“We are so proud to be welcoming Dr. Aisiku back to our campus,” said WSU President Janelle Ashley. “His willingness to share his wisdom and his support with our students and the greater community is deeply appreciated.”
After earning a bachelor's degree in biology from WSU, he earned a medical degree from the UMass School of Medicine, a master’s degree in clinical research from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and an MBA from Emory’s Goizueta School of Business. He also completed postdoctoral fellowships in critical care and was recognized by the National Institutes of Health as a sickle cell research scholar in 2008. When he was accepted into UMass Medical School, Aisiku was concerned that coming from a small state college might be a disadvantage. “Many of my classmates were from places like Harvard and Boston College,” he explains. “I soon realized that I was very well prepared for the medical program.”
Aisiku, whose father is a professor emeritus in WSU’s Education Department and whose mother was a special education teacher at Burncoat Middle School, moved with his family to Auburn, Massachusetts from Brooklyn, New York when he was in high school.
In addition to students, faculty, staff and the greater community, the lecture was attended by Lt. Governor Timothy P. Murray, State Sen. Harriette Chandler, Massachusetts Board of Higher Education Chair Charles Desmond, Gladys Rodriguez-Parker from U.S. Rep. James McGovern’s Office and WSU Board of Trustees Chair John Brissette.
In addition to his lecture, Dr. Aisiku will present two research awards that he established for Worcester State biology majors during the evening at the WSU Academic Achievement awards at Mechanics Hall.