Dr. Onye Akwari

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  • Dr. Onyekwere E. Akwari, a Nigerian-American, was the first African-American surgeon at Duke University. A strong advocate for expanding and celebrating diversity at the university, Akwari supported the introduction of Duke’s women’s and minority studies programs and hosted gatherings for fellow “first” African Americans at Duke. Among Akwari’s most significant accomplishments was the foundation of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS). SBAS was organized by Akwari and three other African-American surgeons in 1989 to support the racial integration of academic surgical departments in the post-civil rights era.
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