Dr. Bennet Omalu's Inspiring Life and Career

As a child in Nigeria, Dr. Bennet Omalu dreamed of being a pilot, but his father had other plans for him, insisting his son pursue a career as a doctor. Dr. Omalu's path hasn't always been easy—he's dealt at times with clinical depression—but his faith has carried him through.

Dr. Omalu, who now lives and works in the United States, is an established expert on the relationship between sports-related head trauma and CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy), a concussion syndrome that produces cognitive decline and other symptoms. He is also the author of the memoir Truth Doesn't Have a Side, and has even seen his story told in a film starring Will Smith—quite a series of accomplishments for a man who once doubted that God had a plan for him.

Read Dr. Omalu's story from the September 2017 issue of Guideposts.