Selena Heman-Ackah set out to change the face of healthcare one degree at a time — no, make that two degrees at a time.
|Selena Heman-Ackah and Professor Steve Slezak, Faculty Director for the MBA programs at the College of Business.|
“I hope to use my MBA to make changes in healthcare,” says Selena, citing recent examples of problems with malpractice insurance.
Selena plans to be an otolaryngological surgeon as well as chair an academic department. She is especially interested in deafness research and recently completed a course in American Sign Language. Selena believes that learning sign language is important for a medical practitioner.
“Otherwise, it puts the burden of communication on the patient,” she adds. And that patient is often a child.
If you look at Selena’s past, you’ll see a well-rounded individual — a real Renaissance woman. She received her BA in psychology and the biological basis of behavior from the University of Pennsylvania. She has received numerous academic and professional awards and has already published or presented many papers and posters. She has actively volunteered in such programs as the West Philadelphia Tutoring Program and at Howard University’s Sickle Cell Center.
If you look at Selena’s present, you’ll see that Selena enjoys a variety of activities in her scarce spare time, including music (piano, flute, clarinet and saxophone) and dance (ballet, modern, jazz and traditional West African). Did we mention weight-lifting? Perhaps her most unique acknowledgment is having been named “Ms. University of Ghana” from her six months of studying abroad.
|Like the people in the portraits on the wall behind her, Heman-Ackah plans to leave a legacy of helping others.|
“My sister is my greatest mentor,” says Selena. She also cites the current and former chairs of UC’s otolaryngology department, Drs. Myles L. Pensak and Jack L. Gluckman, and the people at Cincinnati-Children’s Hospital Medical Center as being wonderful. This warm feeling reinforced her choice in coming to Cincinnati.
|Heman-Ackah chose UC for its sense of community.|
Selena’s next stop is Minneapolis, Minn., and the University of Minnesota where she will complete her medical residency. She also intends to pursue a PhD at the same time. But you guessed that already, didn’t you?