US President Joe Biden has expressed gratitude to Dr Edjah Nduom (the son of Ghanaian politician Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom) for his immense sacrifice for cancer patients in the US, especially his late eldest son Beau.
Speaking at the relaunch of his Cancer Moonshot initiative on Wednesday (2 February) at the White House, Biden honoured Dr Nduom who treated Beau for glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer.
“See that doctor on the end there. That’s the man who spent 18 months trying to save our son’s life. Doctor, I love you. The whole family loves you,” Biden said.
“Every one of you have a story. And our message today is this. We can do this. I promise you we can do this for all those we lost. All those we miss. We can end cancer as we know it.”
Beau Biden was 46 when he died. Thursday would have been his 53rd birthday.
About Dr Edjah Nduom
Dr Edjah K Nduom, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Emory University School of Medicine in the US.
Dr Nduom’s clinical specialty is the surgical management of brain and spinal cord tumors. He is particularly interested in the safe resection of malignant tumors located in eloquent areas of the brain, the brainstem and spinal cord.
Dr. Nduom is a member of the Cancer Immunology Research Program at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. He holds numerous positions in national and international medical societies.
Notably, he is Co-Founder and Diasporan Representative of the Society for Neuro-Oncology Sub-Saharan Africa; International Outreach Committee Co-Chair of the Society for Neuro-Oncology; Membership Director of the Joint Tumor Section of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons; and Member of the Board of Directors of the National Brain Tumor Society.
Dr. Nduom received his MD from University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He completed a residency in Neurosurgery at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.
He completed a Research Fellowship in Neurosurgical Oncology in the Surgical Neurology Branch of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke in Bethesda, Maryland, and an additional Neurosurgical Oncology Fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.
Dr. Nduom’s research focuses on the modulation of the immune system for the treatment of malignant brain tumors. He has presented his translational and clinical work on immune therapy for brain tumors at numerous national and international meetings.