While observing medical rounds in a teaching hospital in Ghana, CGPH Vice Dean Dr. Gbenga Ogedegbe was struck by how many of his medical students relied on patients' charts to make a diagnosis when there was so much to learn from what was transpiring in real time around them.
Community health is impacted by an ever-changing and fluid set of factors, including natural and man-made disasters, cultural and social inequity, economic instability, and poor health governance. Gbenga routinely challenged his students to learn from and innovate from these constantly evolving barriers to good health right there in their community. "Let chaos be your lab," he urged them.
Dr. Ogedegbe serves as Vice Dean here at CGPH. In addition, as Director of NYU's Center for Healthful Behavior Change in the Department of Population Health at the NYU School of Medicine, Gbenga and his team are creating the evidence around delivery of alternative models of healthcare in community-based settings across all five boroughs in New York City to reduce the burden of hypertension in minority populations - including churches, senior centers and barber shops.
As an internationally recognized physician-investigator, hypertension specialist and behavioral scientist, with continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 2001, Gbenga is renowned for developing and implementing innovative strategies to reduce cardiovascular risk in primary care and community-based settings with a particular focus on implementation of evidence-based behavioral interventions targeted at management of hypertension in minority and under-served populations.
Dr. Ogedegbe has expanded his work globally to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease in Sub-Saharan Africa. His work, funded both by NIH and the Fogarty International Center, aims to build research capacity in non-communicable diseases and implement task-shifting strategies to improve cardiovascular health in primary care practices. He has authored more than 150 original publications, editorials, and book chapters in leading medical journals and textbooks.
Building from his extensive global experience, Gbenga oversees medical programs within CGPH, advancing our strategic partnerships with global health programs across NYU. He facilitates research collaborations with investigators and faculty from NYU School of Medicine and develops strategies to align NYU School of Medicine's global health initiatives with CGPH strategic goals.
With his affable charm and cool demeanor, he approaches the building of CGPH as a new landscape, brimming with opportunities to innovate. Gbenga leads CGPH programming beyond bench and bedside solutions to translational public health research and program approaches applied directly in the community.
After earning his medical degree from Donetsk State Medical Institute in Ukraine, he completed his residency program in internal medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine; a postdoctoral research fellowship in health services research and clinical epidemiology at Weill Cornell Medical School; and obtained his MPH from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.
Dr. Ogedegbe is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, American Heart Association, American Society of Hypertension and Academy of Behavioral Medicine. He has served on numerous NIH study sections, review committees for the American Heart Association, and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. His honors include the John Eisenberg AHRQ National Award for Excellence in Mentoring, Society of General Internal Medicine Herbert Nickens Award for Mentoring, and member of the Davidoff Society.
As all innovative thinkers do, Gbenga welcomes the "chaos" that lies ahead as we build the CGPH - with all the unexpected challenges and opportunities that it provides to improve public health and save lives.