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2014 FACE List Honorees

Dr. Oheneba Boachie-Adjei


Dr. Oheneba Boachie-Adjei is the President and Founder of FOCOS (Foundation of Orthopedics and Complex Spine). A native of Kumasi, Ghana, Dr. Boachie-Adjei emigrated to the United States in 1971 and completed undergraduate studies at Brooklyn College where he received a Bachelor of Science (summa cum laude) in 1976. He went on to receive his Doctor of Medicine Degree from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1980.

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Before his journey to the United States, Dr. Boachie had long dreamt of becoming a healer. At age six, young Dr. Boachie fell deathly ill. His family feared the worst until a locally born, Western trained physician examined young Dr. Boachie and cured him. From that day on, Dr. Boachie vowed to dedicate his life to saving others as this doctor had done for him. Dr. Boachie-Adjei is currently the Chief of the Scoliosis Service at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) and a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College. He is an attending 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 used in spine surgery. He is world renowned specialist in complex spine deformities and has traveled the world treating both adult and pediatric patients.

In 1998, Dr. Boachie-Adjei founded FOCOS as a way to provide orthopedic care to patients in need in his native, Ghana. With the help of colleagues and supporters throughout the world, Dr. Boachie-Adjei leads teams of volunteers to Ghana four times each year to provide surgical care to treat complex spine and joint deformities. Since inception, Dr. Boachie-Adjei has raised more than $16 million for FOCOS. In 2012, he opened the FOCOS Orthopedic Hospital, one of the first state-of-the-art, full service specialty hospitals in Africa. The facility is equipped with two operating theatres, an outpatient clinic, physiotherapy center, laboratory, radiology center, and patient wards. To date, the team has completed more than 1,250 complex spine and joint surgeries and has treated more than 30,000 patients.

At the end of 2014, Dr. Boachie-Adjei will retire from his private practice at HSS to return to Ghana full-time. He will serve as chief surgeon at the FOCOS Orthopedic Hospital and will focus his attention on building a sustainable infrastructure for continued quality care. Dr. Boachie-Adjei will remain President of the FOCOS USA Board of Directors and will return to HSS as needed to treat patients in the United States.