Black Excellence: Nigeria’s Professor Iyalla E. Peterside Honored As One Of The Best Physicians In America

by Duke Magazine

A Nigerian-born physician, Professor Iyalla Elvis Peterside has been honored as one of the top physicians in the United States. 

The medical doctor who has worked in continents like Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America was named among recipients of America’s Best Physicians 2021 award by the U.S. National Consumer Advisory Board and

Professor Peterside is reputable for his outstanding work in Pediatrics and Neonatology at the University of Pennsylvania Medical school.

He has worked as a consultant for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, considered one of the best children’s hospitals in the world. The decorated professor majors in Neonatal Apnea, Neonatal Brain Injury, Neonatal ECMO, Neonatal Surgery, Nosocomial Infections, and Ventilation of the Neonate. His works have previously been recognized by professional associations in the U.S. and different institutions where he has worked.

According to the Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia, his areas of interest are care of complex neonatal patients and infection control with emphasis on catheter-related bloodstream infections. He is savvy on the use of ECMO to treat critically ill patients in respiratory and cardiac failure.

Professor Peterside graduated from the University of Ibadan in 1985 where he had his medical training and then went on to train in pediatrics, pediatric surgery, and neonatology at the Booth Hall Children’s Hospital in Manchester, England, and The Bolton General Hospital in Bolton, England.

In furtherance, he attended the Brooklyn Medical Center in New York for further training and completed a fellowship in neonatal-perinatal medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Nigeria. 

Peterside is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and is a publisher of two papers in conjunction with other doctors in his field: “Periocular ulcerative dermatitis associated with gentamicin ointment prophylaxis in newborns” and “Pilot trial to compare tolerance of chlorhexidine gluconate to povidone-iodine antisepsis for central venous catheter placement in neonates.”

Peterside is indeed one of the many lustrous Nigerians brewing excellence in the United States. 

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