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“Self-belief is Key” Dr. Uchenna Lizmay Umeh

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“After graduating from residency at Howard University Hospital, I found myself in a predicament. I had a J-1 student exchange visa and no job. I tried everything in my power to get a job. We searched high and low, and found nothing.

“No one was willing to hire a pediatrician with my visa type. So, I ended up opening a practice in a rural area of South Carolina with hardly any money for capital and no experience whatsoever.

“I was young, I was scared, I had a 9-month-old son in tow, and only my self-belief as my main tool. I went from one patient to 6 thousand patients, from one location to two locations, from two employees to 13 employees! I simply believed in myself and did it afraid. I showed up 100% each time, and it paid off,” said Dr. Uchenna Umeh.

Dr. Uchenna Umeh or Dr. Lulu as her patients fondly call her is a Nigerian born board certified Pediatrician with nearly 30 years of clinical experience. She likes to call herself a Momatrician and a Grand Doctor to all her patients she has “adopted” along the way.

She attended Ahmadu Bello University Hospital for medical school in Nigeria and obtained her pediatric residency training at Howard University Hospital Washington D.C. Soon after completion she started her private practice in Lancaster SC where she practiced for nearly 15 years. This was when she first experienced a patient complete suicide.

She has now dedicated her life and her voice to creating awareness for mental health issues in children, teens and young adults, especially in the minority community. She helps parents and their children navigate bullying and depression, so they do not end up in the cruel hands of suicide.

Read the full interview here