Emmanuel Ohuabunwa, M.D.

Emmanuel Ohuabunwa, M.D.

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Health Advocacy
  • Health Care Administration


Emmanuel C. Ohuabunwa, M.D., M.B.A., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He specializes in health equity, quality, and advocacy.

Dr. Ohuabunwa earned his medical degree at Yale University, where he also completed a residency in emergency medicine. He also holds a master’s degree in business administration from the Yale School of Management.

He joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2021.

Among his other roles at UT Southwestern, Dr. Ohuabunwa is a resident advisor for the Clinical Competency Committee. On the national level, he has served as the recruitment lead and panelist representing UT Southwestern Emergency Medicine at the annual Student National Medical Association Annual Conference. He also serves on the Educational Trust committee for the Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas.

Dr. Ohuabunwa has presented his work widely and published numerous peer-reviewed articles in journals related to his areas of interest. In his most recent publication in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, titled “Say Our Names. We Are Doctors Too,” Dr. Ohuabunwa proposed the Ask, Learn, Practice (ALP) framework for dealing with ethnically distinct names. He speaks nationally on the importance of celebrating name diversity in health care and the negative consequences of name-based microaggressions.

In 2021, Dr. Ohuabunwa received a Certificate of Congressional Recognition for community service from Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. He was also listed on the Urban Professionals Network 40 under 40 and the Who’s Who Diaspora: the Nigerian Story.

Personal Note

In his free time, Dr. Ohuabunwa enjoys reading, cooking, mentoring students, and playing basketball.

Education & Training
  • Residency - Yale New Haven Health System (2017-2021), Emergency Medicine
  • Medical School - Yale University School of Medicine (2013-2017)
  • Other Post Graduate Training - MBA from Yale School of Management
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American College of Emergency Physicians
  • Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas
  • Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Honors & Awards
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Quality Award Program 2021, Yale New Haven Health System
  • Certificate of Congressional Recognition 2021, Awarded by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee for community service
  • Top Scorer in Yale EM Residency, National In-Training Exam 2021, Yale New Haven Health System
  • 40 Under 40 2020, New England Tri-State Urban Professionals Network
  • Honoree 2020, Who’s Who in Nigerian Diaspora
  • Leadership in Business and Society Award 2020, Yale School of Management NYC Alumni Chapter
  • Outstanding Mentorship Award 2019, All Aro USA
  • Associate Fellow 2018, Berkeley College, Yale Corporation
  • Mila Rainoff Award 2017, Yale School of Medicine Graduation
  • AmeriCorps Volunteer Service Award 2016, Presented by President Barack Obama to the executive board of the African Research Academies for Women (ARA-W)
Books & Publications
  • Books
    • Motivational Interviewing for Clinical Practice, 2nd Edition
      Ohuabunwa EC (2017), American Psychiatric Association Publishing
    • Every Step Counts, Don't Waste It! The steps of a heart of gratitude.
      Ohuabunwa EC (2017), Temple Rebuilders Ministries
  • Microaggressions and their name-based subtype
  • Health disparities in diabetes care
  • Disparities in restraint use for agitated patients in the ED
  • Electronic medical records in low- and middle-income countries

Clinical Focus

  • Health Advocacy
  • Health Care Administration
  • Health Equity, Quality, and Safety

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