Oheneba Boachie-Adjei: A Ghanaian Leading Orthopedic Surgeon In United States

by Duke Magazine

Dr. Oheneba Boachie-Adjei is a Ghanaian orthopedic surgeon, who specializes in spinal reconstruction and the treatment of kyphosis and scoliosis. He is professor of orthopedic surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, in the United States, and is an attending orthopedic surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery, at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, all in New York City. He is recognized as one of the best in his field globally.

Dr. Oheneba Boachie-Adjei is also the President and Founder of the Foundation of Orthopedics and Complex Spine (FOCOS). The native of Kumasi, Ghana, emigrated to the United States in 1972 and completed his undergraduate studies at Brooklyn College. He went on to receive his Doctor of Medicine from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1980.

Dr. Boachie-Adjei is globally known for his comprehensive knowledge of spine deformity, with a major specialization in the treatment of scoliosis, kyphosis, and spine reconstruction in adult and pediatric patients. Most recently, he served as Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College and as Chief of the Scoliosis Service at the prestigious Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York. He was also an Attending Orthopedic Surgeon at both HSS and New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Boachie-Adjei has published and lectured extensively on spine surgery and is an inventor who holds several patents for devices that have revolutionized orthopedic surgery. Dr. Boachie-Adjei has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Humanitarian Award from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), and the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hospital for Special Surgery. Dr. Boachie-Adjei’s dream of returning to his home country, Ghana, got actualized sequel to his retirement from lucrative medical practice in the United States after more than 30 years of service. 

With the help of more than 2,500 donors from across the world, Dr. Boachie-Adjei and the FOCOS Team have raised more than $20 million to support the FOCOS mission. Founded in 1998, FOCOS began with small volunteer mission trips to provide free surgical care to patients. The program developed into four trips each year and the eventual creation of an outpatient clinic to better service patients.

Then in 2012, the FOCOS Orthopedic Hospital opened its doors as one of the most state-of-the-art facilities of its kind. To date, the FOCOS Team has completed over 2,000 surgeries and has treated nearly 50,000 patients.

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