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2012 Healthcare Hero: Dr. Osaretin Idusuyi, American-based Nigerian Doctor who runs free Hospital in Nigeria Honored by the American Red Cross Society



There are very few doctors as inspiring and generous as Dr. Osaretin Idusuyi. As an orthopaedic surgeon, he returned to Nigeria after being trained in the United States of America to contribute his quota to the health care sector in the country but was appalled to find that his people lacked basic health care. He therefore sought to rehabilitate the clinic in his community and convert it into a medical center. He makes biannual visits to the hospital and personally pays the salaries of the staff.

For this and many more contributions to healthcare delivery, he was recently honored by the American Red Cross Society.

Dr. Idusuyi, who carrries out his practice at the Orthopedic Center of Illinois, United States of America was among the 11 individuals that were honored by the American Red Cross Society. He was honored with the award of ‘Healthcare Hero’ for using his own resources to build a free health-care clinic in his native Nigeria.

The list of those that were honored are: (top row from left) Bill and Austin Wilhour, Jack Sunderlik, Ray Wiedle, (middle row) Evan Stevens, Dr. O.B. Idusuyi, Brooklyn Sheppard, Joe Solomon, (bottom row) Rebecca Schick, Kyle Romadka and Elbert Betts.

Here’s how the State Journal Register reported it:

Heroes come in many forms.

There are those who spring to action to aid a friend, loved one or total stranger in peril, often placing themselves in harm’s way. And there are those who devote innumerable hours to bettering the lives of others and strengthening their communities in the process.

The 11 local heroes honored in nine categories Friday morning at the American Red Cross’ seventh annual Heroes Breakfast run the gamut.

They range in age from 7 to 69. They have saved lives in their own towns and on the battlefield in Afghanistan. They have provided desperately needed health care to poor children in Nigeria and given Springfield kids who have been expelled from high school a second chance at earning their diplomas.

Dr Idusuyi, M.D. Orthopedic Center of Illinois joined the faculty of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine as an assistant professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation. He has since been promoted to Associate Professor. He came to the School from the Center for Orthopaedic Care in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he completed a foot and ankle fellowship.

Idusuyi earned his medical degree at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn. (1990) and completed a residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minn. (1996). He also completed a surgical internship at Martin Luther King Medical Center in Los Angeles (1991). He earned his bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from Xavier University in New Orleans, La. (1985).

He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Academy of Surgeons and the American Society of Black Surgeons. His research and writings have focused on knee and hip arthroplasties and foot and ankle conditions.

A native of Nigeria, Idusuyi and his wife, Valerie, have three children, Joshua, Brittany and Johari.

Below is a video of his colleague, and the doctor himself speaking about the hospital and the award.

He speaks about his hospital which treats about 20-25 people a day. According to him, when he makes his visits to the hospital, he gets to treat up to 200-300 patients daily. The clinic focuses on primary health care.

He started the hospital when he finished orthopaedic school. With his training, he wanted to do surgeries but when he got there, he found out that what they really needed was basic health care to treat diseases like Malaria and Cholera.

When I come, they make me feel like a hero. Everybody just gathers around me, it’s like I don’t deserve all this,” he said.

As a surgeon, he gets to perform some minor surgeries but wants to make it more standardized where he can perform orthopaedic surgeries.

To him, he feels like he is gaining more from them rather than them gaining from him. He is inspired by the smiles on the faces of children after treating them from illnesses like Malaria.

While the location of the hospital in Nigeria isn’t mentioned in the video or the news, his contributions to healthcare delivery in Nigeria is well appreciated and his award comes as a source of pride to Nigeria.

To sum up his entire experience at the hospital, he ended with this poem written by an Indian poet:

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy
I awoke and saw that life was service
Behold I acted, service was joy”


Watch Video:

News Source: State Journal Register

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. Diva

    April 23, 2012 at 6:40 am

    This is awesome. I am very inspired by his story.

  2. myHairmyBeauty

    April 23, 2012 at 6:43 am


    What a way to start off the week! Very Inspiring!!

  3. faith

    April 23, 2012 at 6:46 am

    God bless U̶̲̥̅̊ Sir….

  4. jide

    April 23, 2012 at 6:48 am

    the type of heroes nigeria deserves, i hail him. May God grant him with more success

  5. MyView

    April 23, 2012 at 6:54 am

    Bravo Doctor!

  6. bettyB

    April 23, 2012 at 7:23 am

    Congrats to the Doc on his award, this is an inspiring story.
    But is seriously disagree with the opening statement: “There are very few doctors as inspiring and generous as…”, on what evidence is this based on? It is not until you do something big that you can be inspiring, there are many doctors and other professionals who go above and beyond to change lives.

    • truth

      April 23, 2012 at 10:46 am

      It could be very well true that “there are very few doctors that are inspiring and generous” considering the amount of years one spends in school and residency getting their medical liecense and the amount of loans accured after graduation from med school. It is a very difficult thing to start a free hospital and pay the employers out of pocket. Not many doctors can do both continously without looking for a financial gain. As med student he has definitely inspired me to go above and beyond.

  7. christy

    April 23, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Good 2 knw,congrat.sumtym I feel so underachieve,wat impact wil I eva contribute 2 d developmt of ds nation!

  8. Miss bonnie

    April 23, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Very inspiring !!

  9. Sura the tailor

    April 23, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Truly inspiring

  10. Deee

    April 23, 2012 at 11:18 am

    this is so inspiring

  11. Ready

    April 23, 2012 at 11:55 am

    HBCUs rock! This is kinda tangential, but this man’s actions show that when you wanna be a doctor and you’re good at your craft, that’s all that matters. Usually, many people including and maybe especially Nigerians lust after name brand degrees from schools like Harvard and co…this doctor attended Xavier and Meharry, which are historically Black colleges that (despite being created to educate African Americans after the abolishment of enslavement in 1865) are usually looked down upon and underrated for their accomplishments. I hope parents and students alike read his story and realize that a school’s reputation is important, but sometimes, it’s more about the student’s dedication and commitment.

  12. Rabina

    April 23, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Now, this is what I call a hero!!! Congratulations for your selfless service to Nigerian medical services


    April 23, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    We just need more of you congrats.

  14. remi

    April 23, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    God bless him.

  15. CA

    April 23, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Congrats Sir and may God Almighty Bless you.

  16. konnie

    April 23, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    god bless you

  17. Omotola Arthur

    April 23, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    big big congrats to you sir…Nigeria is really on the move, and am so proud of my country. @Bella Naija….more grease to your elbow. weldone

  18. Raymond King

    April 23, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    This is a good news…we should be having more of this not hearing of boko haram and their rubbish.

  19. Bianca

    April 23, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Dr Idusuyi is a true hero. I heard about him a while back and I’ve been waiting for him to get recognized for his selfless work and effort. May God continue to bless you and your family. He’s an inspiration, we need more of him.

  20. Derek

    April 23, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    More of this kinda people and Nigeria will change
    will do more than this when my dreams are finally accomplished

  21. iamfascinating

    April 24, 2012 at 12:27 am

  22. NNENNE

    April 24, 2012 at 1:46 am

    You are a true hero. I am thinking about nominating him for CNN heroes.

  23. lilly

    April 24, 2012 at 3:23 am

    God bless you Doctor. i pray to God that i will someday be like that will come back to 9ja and help our people.

  24. Seun

    April 24, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Simply awesome. May God bless and reward you Sir. Thanks for inspiring us. We will do better by Gods Grace, and Nigeria will be better too

  25. iyabo durosaro

    April 25, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Hmmm….why the secrecy about the location of hospital or the name, has he got something to hide? he needs to be transaprent…i need the name of the hospital to confirm bcos we all know about people claiming to be doing all sorts of charity work which always turns out to be a con.

  26. Anonymous

    April 26, 2012 at 1:23 am

    Iyabo durosaro… haba, Red Cross would have confirmed first naa before honoring him. Calm down on the 007 moves. Thank you sir!!

    • iyabo

      May 19, 2012 at 2:04 pm

      hmmm, there was this American guy – Greg Mortenson, he claimed to have built schools in Afghanistan, he had received lots of awards bcos of his charity work but, it later turned out he had built no schools despite receieving half a million dollars. Kanye West also claimed to be helping charity, but investgation into his foundation found he had not put a cent of his dollar into the foundation, Wycleef John also tried to pull a fast one claiming he was helping the peopel of Haiti but it was all a lie. Madonna promised to build a $2M Girls academy in Malawi, she asked people to donate but she herself did not contribute a penny, $2M was raised, the money was spent on huge salaries but no academy for girls, nothing it’s a scandal, it’s an absolue disgarce, the people of Malawi was expecting a school for girls but they got absolutely nothing, Madonna is worth £200M but she’s refused to use her money to build the school or apologise to the people of Malawi. As for Red Cross, they are absolutely useless, all their executives are on huge salaries, all these charities don’t give a hoot, all they care about is their huge wage package, they have all lot credibility.

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