Chima Ohuabunwo

Chima J. Ohuabunwo, MD, MPH, FWACP, MACE 



Location: Piedmont Hall, Grady Hospital Campus
Phone: 678-557-9508


US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Fellowship: Applied Epidemiology

West African College of Physicians, Nigeria
Fellowship: Community Health & Preventive Medicine

University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria
Degree: Doctor of Medicine in Medicine and Surgery

Emory University School of Public Health, Atlanta, GA
Degree: Master of Public Health in Healthcare Outcomes Management

University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria
Degree: Bachelor of Medical Science (B.Med. Sc) in Human Physiology

Clinical Interests

  • Clinical epidemiology and evidence-based medicine
  • Clinical care quality and performance evaluation/ improvement
  • Tropical Medicine
  • Health services and outcomes research


  • Infectious disease epidemiology, research and control (Polio, HIV, Ebola, Cholera, Diphtheria, Food-borne infections etc)
  • Vaccines & Immunization
  • Public Health Surveillance, Emergency Preparedness & Response
  • Public Health Workforce Capacity Development - Field epidemiology
  • One Health Approach in public health
  • Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
  • Scientific Communication (scientific writing and public health communication)


  • Chima J. Ohuabunwo, Christine Kihembo, Allan Mwesiga. The succeeding phase in ensuring effective prevention and control of epidemics and other priority public health problems in Africa. J Interv Epidemiol Public Health 2018 Nov; 1(1)
  • Chimeremma Nnadi, Andrew Etsano, Belinda Uba, Chima Ohuabunwo, Melton Musa, Gatei waNganda et al. Approaches to vaccination among populations in areas of conflict. J Infect Dis 2017 Jul; 216 (S1): S368-72
  • Ohuabunwo C, Ameh C, Oduyebo O, Ahumibe A, Bamidele M, Shuaib F, et al. Clinical profile and containment of Ebola virus disease outbreak in two large West African cities, Nigeria, July – September, 2014. West African cities, Nigeria, July–September 2014. Int J Infect Dis. 2016 Dec; 53: 23 -29,
  • Ndadilnasiya E. Waziri, C. Ohuabunwo, P. Nguku, I. Ogbuanu, JG Ado, O. Nwanyanwu, A. Gassasira, F. Mahoney et al. Polio eradication in Nigeria and the role of the National Stop Transmission of Polio Program (NSTOP), 2012-2013. J Infect Dis 2014: 210 suppl1 S111-117
  • Karen Becker, Chima Ohuabunwo, Yassa Ndjakani, Patrick Nguku, Peter Nsubuga, David Mukanga, Fred Wurapa. Field epidemiology and laboratory training programs in West Africa as a model for sustainable partnerships in Animal and Human health. JAVMA, Vol 241, No. 5, September 1, 2012
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Book Chapters:

  • ISPOR Book Chapter Review; Reliability & Validity of Data Sources for Outcomes Research and Disease & Health Management- Chapter 3, 4 & 5; 2009 Member Service to International Society for Pharmaco-Economics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR)
  • Ohuabunwo CJ, Bisgard KM, Popovic T, Wharton M. Diphtheria. In: Manual for the Surveillance of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases, CDC and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, Atlanta, GA. US Department of Human and Health Services, 2002: 2nd Edition, Chapter 1


  • Polio’s moving target. Nature news and comments.

Honors and Awards

  • US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Ebola Response: Certificate of appreciation for selfless contributions and willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty in response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, 2014
  • CDC-NSTOP Great Leader Award in recognition of  strong leadership as the foundation National Coordinator of the CDC –supported National Stop Transmission of Polio program in its contributions to the polio eradication and routine immunization strengthening efforts in Nigeria during critical period of 2012-2014 
  • Rotary International Polio Eradication Hero’s Award for personal efforts towards the eradication of poliomyelitis in Nigeria’s security-challenged states, presented at the Federal Ministry of Health Rotary-supported  Polio End Game Summit, Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, Nigeria – April 2014
  • Ghana Field Epidemiology Training Program Award as Pioneer Resident Advisor and for contributions to the Program’s development, February 2011 
  • Secretary’s Award for distinguished service as a member of the 2001 CDC Anthrax Investigation Emergency Response Team, United States Department of Health and Human Services - June 2002 
  • US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director’s award for extraordinary effort on behalf of the American people in response to the public health emergencies after September 11, 2001 event.
  • 2002 National Immunization Program honor awards, certificate of appreciation for exemplary teamwork, productivity, organization, and scientific excellence, Atlanta, GA
  • 2002 NCID Group Honor Award for contribution to Health and Safety, anthrax prophylaxis, adverse events, and adherence team, CDC, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Letter of commendation and appreciation from WHO country office, Ghana for excellent performance as a short term consultant (STOP initiative team 7, January-April, 2001)
  • Trustee, Association for the Study of Childhood and Adolescence, Ilorin, Nigeria -1996