By Ebimo Amungo
Godwin Maduka arrived America as a poor and penniless immigrant student in 1982, but since then he has obtained a degree in Chemistry, a PhD in Pharmacy, trained as a doctor in Harvard and established the largest and most comprehensive pain treatment practice group in Nevada.
Born into poverty in Nigeria
Dr. Godwin Maduka is the founder of the Las Vegas Pain Institute and Medical Center. Maduka was born in 1959 in Nkerehi (now Umuchukwu), Anambra State, Nigeria.
In an interview with Life and Times Magazine Dr. Maduka’s revealed that he was born into excruciating poverty in a village with a dark reputation for wizardry. His father was a traditional healer and his mother was a subsistence farmer. The young Maduka family basically lived from hand to mouth by the mercies of God.
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Dr. Maduka was, however, a very brilliant student who had to harvest palm nuts and tap palm tree to pay his primary and secondary school fees. He started his education in Nawfia Comprehensive Secondary School and All Saints Grammar school, Umunze, before getting an admission to study Medicine at the University of Port Harcourt, but couldn’t join his peers due to lack of monetary support. Fortune smiled on him when a relation in America sent him forms to apply to come to America to study.
He got an opportunity through a friend to study at Rust College on a scholarship that covered half of his tuition. He later got monetary support from his younger brother and uncle and 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. Dr. Maduka completed a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia in 1988.
After graduation, he worked as a pharmacy technician, before getting a full scholarship to study medicine at University of Tennessee, where he completed an internship and graduated in 1993.
Dr. Maduka went on to attend and complete his Graduate Medical training at the Harvard University School of Medicine in Anesthesia and Critical Care and Pain Management in 1997.
Dr. Maduka’s extensive training in pharmacy, anesthesia, and critical care medicine enabled him to offer valuable insight and unique knowledge as to which treatment options are best for his patients—this often results in new levels of pain relief and as a testament of his effectiveness as a doctor, Dr. Maduka has built a thriving pain treatment practice group- The Las Vegas Pain Institute.
The Las Vegas Pain Institute and Medical Center
The Las Vegas Pain Institute and Medical Center is the largest and most comprehensive pain treatment practice group in Southern Nevada with seven locations throughout the Las Vegas Valley. It is the premier, all-inclusive destination for interventional pain management needs including pain clinic, comprehensive care clinic, physical therapy, including aquatic therapy, and convenient in-house laboratory and radiology equipped with open-sided MRI, CT, x-ray, and ultrasound. Additionally, each center houses our sister company, Spring Valley Surgery Center (SVSC), an ambulatory outpatient surgical center.
Las Vegas Pain Institute & Medical Center LLC has 63 total employees across all of its locations and generates $8.07 million in sales (USD). There are 3 companies in the Las Vegas Pain Institute & Medical Center LLC corporate family.
An agent of change for his community in Nigeria
Dr. Maduka did not forget his hometown of Umuchukwu, Nigeria. His success in America propelled him to become an agent of change for his community. Over the course of time Dr. Maduka was responsible for building 50 homes, a church, a residence for priests, a school complex and a civic center. Other projects he built in Umuchukwu include a filling Station, a magistrate court and recently completed high court building.
Dr. Maduka’s biggest physical contribution to his community however, is his flagship construction – a 15 floor multiplex planned to house offices and the medical college of the Anambra State University College of Medical Sciences.