• Nigerian-American doctor transforms his village into a town.
  • He is a doctor, philanthropist, and businessman.


Dr. Godwin Maduka is a Nigerian-American doctor, businessman, and philanthropist. He was born in Nkerechi, Orumba South LGA Anambra State, Nigeria. He started his education at Nawfia Comprehensive Secondary School and All Saints Grammar school, Umunze, before getting admission to study Medicine at the University of Port Harcourt, but couldn’t join his peers due to the lack of financial capacity.



He was later opportuned to study at Rust College on a scholarship that covered half of his tuition through his cousin Prof. Dr. Richard Igwike ( who taught at Russ College at the time). He then also got financial support from his younger brother and uncle and then moved to the United States in 1982. In 1984, he graduated summa cum laude in chemistry from Rust College and got another scholarship to study pharmacy at Mercer University, graduating in 1988. After graduation, he worked as a pharmacy technician, before getting a full scholarship to study medicine at the University of Tennessee, where he completed an internship and graduated in 1993. He furthered to Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for his post-graduate training and residency in anesthesiology, critical care, and pain management, graduating in 1997.



After his education, Maduka moved to Las Vegas and got a job where he got paid $8,000 as an advance payment. He was working as an anesthesiologist at Desert Spring United Methodist Church, Nevada, and other hospitals, before starting his own practice at Red Rock Medical Group, Nevada. In 1999, he founded Las Vegas Pain Institute and Medical Center, before expanding to other six locations in Southern Nevada. At the moment, He is a clinical faculty supervisor and adjunct professor of pain management and anesthesiology at Touro University Nevada. He is also a clinical assistant professor of surgery at the UNLV School of Medicine.



This Nigerian doctor, having understood what it means to lack financial capabilities, has paid forward his goodwill to the less privileged. Dr. Godwin Maduka has transformed his village into a town; he has built over 100 houses for widows. He has also built schools, courthouses, a police station, a hospital, quarters for judges, police, and teachers, a pharma company, and churches, and also played a major role in renaming his hometown from Nkerechi to Umuchukwu.

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