Chidinma C. Nwakanma, MD

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Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine
Attending Physician, Penn Presbyterian Emergency Department and Hospital of University of Pennsylvania
Director, Emergency Medicine Underrepresented Minority Visiting Clerkship , HUP/PPMC
Interviewer, Emergency Medicine Residency, HUP
Interviewer, Global Emergency Medicine Fellowship, HUP
Physician Lead, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, PPMC
Residency Recruitment Committee, HUP/PPMC
ED Gun Violence Initiative Liason, PPMC
Investigator, Health Equity Quality Improvement Project, PPMC
Panelist, Addressing Gun Violence: An Urgent Community Discussion, HUP
Panelist, Medical Student Orientation, Perelman School of Medicine at UPENN
Penn Injury Science Senior Scholar, PPMC
Department: Emergency Medicine

Contact information
Department of Emergency Medicine
3400 Spruce Street
Ground Ravdin Building
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-662-6698
BA (Neuroscience)
University of Pennsylvania, 2006.
MD (Medicine)
Ross University School of Medicine, 2011.
MD (Medicine)
Northeast Ohio Medical School, 2013.
Post-Graduate Training
Resident in Emergency Medicine, Stony Brook University Hospital , 2013-2015.
Chief Resident in Emergency Medicine, Stony Brook University Hospital, 2015-2016.
Fellow in Advanced Resuscitation , Stony Brook University Hospital, 2016-2017.
Advanced Trauma Life Support, 2013.
Basic Life Support, 2013.
Pediatric Advanced Life Support, 2013.
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support, 2013.
American Board of Emergency Medicine, 2017.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

ED Critical Care

Description of Other Expertise

Gun Violence Prevention
Health Equity

Selected Publications

Niamh Rowe: Keep Your Cool. AARP Magazine 2023.

Steve Keeley: "Shot: We The Mothers" exhibit highlights mothers who lost children to gun violence Fox 29 Philadelphia July 2022.

Aubrey Whelan : In viral video, a Philly-area clinic staffer berates an expectant mother for asking for a doctor’s note to take off work. Philadelphia Inquirer 2022.

Chidinma Nwakanma: A Case of Mistaken Identity or Blantat Bias? Medpage Today 2022.

Zaf Qasim Chidinma Nwakanma: The Cycle of Gun violence in Philadelphia is Sickening. The Philadelphia Inquirer 2022.

Chidinma Nwakanma: Gun Violence: A Reckoning. Penn Medicine Magazine 2022.

Ashley Williams: Urban heat Islands are why it can feel 20 degrees hotter in different parts of the same city. USA Today 2022.

Marina Affo: 659 women have been shot in Philadelphia since 2020. And rising gun violence is taking a toll on pregnant women Philadelphia Inquirer 2022.

Nick Talioferro: Snapshot into Gunshot Trauma in the ED. WURD radio 2021.

Nick Taliaferro: Disparities in Covid Vaccine Distribution. WURD radio 2021.

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Last updated: 08/14/2023
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