Chukuka S. Enwemeka

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Chukuka S. Enwemeka
BornMarch 7, 1953
Agbor, Delta State, Nigeria
CitizenshipAmerican Citizen
Alma materUniversity of Ibadan, University of Southern California, New York University
OccupationPhysical Therapist, Educator, University Administrator, Researcher
Years active1978 – Present
Known forPhysical Therapy, Photobiology, Photomodulation, Phototherapy, Photochemistry, Tissue engineering, Allied Health, Public Health
Spouse(s)Roselyn Enwemeka (m: 2007- )

Chukuka Samuel Enwemeka is an academic,[1][2][3] Emeritus Professor, San Diego State University,[4] Emeritus Distinguished Professor, University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee.[5][6] He served as the President/ Vice Chancellor of James Hope University, Lagos, Nigeria.[7]

Early life and education

Enwemeka was born on March 7, 1953 at Agbor, formerly in Western Region, Nigeria, currently Delta State, Nigeria.[1] He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Ibadan, his Master of Science degree from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and his Ph.D. from New York University, New York. All his academic degrees are in the field of Physical Therapy.[1][4][6]

Academic career

In 2018, Enwemeka unexpectedly resigned as Provost and Senior Vice President of San Diego State University for unknown reasons. According to The San Diego Union-Tribune, faculty had expressed concerns about an email he wrote to a professor who had requested for an early review of Enwemeka. In the email Enwemeka stated the professor sought to harm him and "So that instead of blessings, you are showered with unending curse and harmed, hurt and visited by evil a million fold in everything you do throughout the rest of your life".[8][9] Enwemeka's performance review was overall positive.[10][8]

He served as Editor, or Co-Editor-in-Chief of several international scientific and professional journals and is Emeritus Editor-In-Chief of Laser Therapy Journal and Emeritus Co-Editor-in-Chief of Photomedicine and Laser Surgery, currently known as Photobiomodulation, Photomedicine, and Laser Surgery.[4]

Research and scholarly publications

Enwemeka is a published author of peer-reviewed publications, books and monographs.[11] According to ResearchGate, Enwemeka's scholarly work has been cited over 6,197 times; his Research index Score is 3,273, and H-index of 40.[12] Google Scholar reported that Enwemeka's works have been cited 8,100 times, h-index of 43, he has an i10-index of 75.[13]

Board and trustee appointments

Enwemeka served as a Non-Executive Director of Zenith Bank from July 2010 to June 2022.[14][15] He was a member of the United States National Institutes of Health's National Advisory Board on Medical Rehabilitation Research.[16] Enwemeka served as a Trustee of California Western School of Law, San Diego, California and is a Trustee of James Hope College, Agbor, Delta State, Nigeria,[17] and James Hope University, Lagos, Nigeria.[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 John, Emmanuel B. "CHUKUKA S. ENWEMEKA, PT, PhD, FACSM Professor & Chairman of KUMC Department of Physical Therapy - A Worthy Ambassador of Nigeria Physiotherapy Training Programs". Nigeria Physiotherapy Network. Nigeria Physiotherapy Network. Retrieved 14 August 2022.
  2. Baker, MD, MS, FAAEP – President NAALT 2018, Terrance L. "NAALT Honors Professor Chukuka Enwemeka, PhD with the Endre Mester, MD Photobiomodulation Lifetime Achievement Award". The North American Association for Photobiomodulation Therapy. NAALT. Retrieved 14 August 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. Otto, Laura. "Light as medicine? UWM researchers explain how". UWM Report. Media Services at UW-Milwaukee. Retrieved 14 August 2022.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Chukuka S. Enwemeka, PhD, FACSM" (PDF). San Diego State University. Office of the Provost, SDSU. Retrieved 14 August 2022.
  5. College of Health Sciences. "Chukuka Enwemeka, Professor and Dean Emeritus". Search - UWMilwaukee. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Retrieved 14 August 2022.
  6. 6.0 6.1 John, Emmanuel B. (19 March 2012). "Professor Chukuka Enwemeka Appointed University Distinguished Professor". Nigeria Physiotherapy Network. Retrieved 14 August 2022.
  7. 7.0 7.1 JHU Media. "Prof Chukuka S. Enwemeka". James Hope University.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Robbins, Gary; Light, Jeff (May 24, 2018). "Mystery surrounds resignation of provost at San Diego State University". The San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved 30 July 2023.
  9. Mangan, Katherine (May 29, 2018). "Read the Bizarre Email That May Have Prompted a Provost to Step Down Mysteriously". The Chronicle of Higher Education.
  10. Nguyen, Alexander (June 5, 2018). "San Diego State Names Interim Provost After Unexpected Resignation". Times of San Diego. Retrieved 30 July 2023.
  11. PubMed, NIH. "Enwemeka, CS". PubMed-NLM. National Library of Medicine. Retrieved 25 July 2023.
  12. ResearchGate. "Chukuka S Enwemeka PhD, FACSM - Professor at San Diego State University United States". ResearchGate GmbH. Retrieved 25 July 2023.
  13. "C. Enwemeka - San Diego State University". Google Scholar. Retrieved 25 July 2023.
  14. City, People (May 14, 2017). "Meet The Big Boys & Babes Who Run Zenith Bank". CityPeople. Retrieved 30 July 2023.
  15. Anyalewechi, Chidinma (July 1, 2022). "Zenith Bank Plc announces retirement of Non-Executive Directors". Nairametrics. Retrieved 30 July 2023.
  16. NIH, NABMRR. "Summary Minutes - May 2-3, 2002". Advisory Groups. National Institutes of Health - National Advisory Board on Medical Rehabilitation Research. Retrieved 30 July 2023.
  17. James Hope University. "Board Of Trustees". Retrieved 30 July 2023.

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