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User Profile: Enwemeka
Profile image Enwemeka
Sex Male
Salutation Prof.
First name Chukuka
Last name Enwemeka
Company San Diego State University
Address 500 Campanile Drive
City San Diego
ZIP 92182-8010
Country United States
Birthday 06.03.1953
Profession Provost & Senior Vice-President
Signature Chukuka S. Enwemeka, PT, Ph.D. FACSM
Provost & Senior Vice-President
5500 Campanile Drive,
San Diego, CA 92182-8010,
Phone: (619) 594-6881
State or Province CA
Physiotherapy School You Graduated from: University of Ibadan
Graduation Year 1978
Post PT Degrees (e.g. MSc, MEd, PhD, DPT)*: MS, PhD, FACSM, FWALT
Current PT Status: Active
Current Position or Designation Professor, Provost & Senior Vice President
Current Work Place*: San Diego State University
Area of Physiotherapy Specialisation*: Laser Phototherapy, Photoengineering of Tissue Repair, Including Diabetic Ulcer Repair, Photobiology and Photomedicine, Therapeutic Ultrasound Biology
Current Office Address: Chukuka S. Enwemeka, PT, Ph.D. FACSM
Provost & Senior Vice-President
5500 Campanile Drive,
San Diego, CA 92182-8010,
Phone: (619) 594-6881
Middle Name Samuel
Brief Biography (If Available) Chukuka S. Enwemeka, PT, Ph.D. FACSM, is Provost and Senior Vice President of San Diego State University (SDSU). Prior to joining SDSU on July 1, 2014, Dr. Enwemeka was a tenured Distinguished University Professor and Dean of the College of Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) from August 1, 2009 to June 30, 2014. Before joining UWM, he served as Professor and Dean, School of Health Professions, New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury, N.Y. for over six years. From March 1993 to February 2003, he was Professor (with tenure) and Chairman of the Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan., and from September 1989 to February 2003, he served as Associate Professor of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, and Associate Director of Physical Therapy, University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, Fla. Dr. Enwemeka also held a joint appointment as Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, Cellular and Structural Biology, and Physiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, Tex. from 1986 to 1989, before joining the University of Miami.

He received his B.S. and M.S. in Physical Therapy from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria and the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Calif., respectively. He earned his Ph.D. in Pathokinesiology from New York University (NYU), and did his post-doctoral research training at NYU’s Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine.

He has authored more than eighty-five original research papers, monographs, and book chapters, and has presented hundreds of papers, seminars, symposia, and workshops nationally and internationally. Worldwide, Dr. Enwemeka is one of the foremost authorities in the area of photoengineering of tissue repair process with visible and near infra-red light and lasers. He is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the international journal, Photomedicine and Laser Surgery, Past-Editor-in-Chief of another international journal, Laser Therapy, Past-President of the World Association for Laser Therapy, and Past-Chairman of the North American Association for Laser Therapy.

As a distinguished researcher, Dr. Enwemeka has secured millions of dollars in external grant funding and served as Board Member and Chairperson of the National Advisory Council on Medical Rehabilitation Research, National Institutes of Health (NIH), from 1998 to 2002. In addition to being a very successful grant writer, he has served and continues to serve on grant review committees for agencies such as the NIH, the Office of Special Education, U.S. Department of Education, the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), the Research Grant Council of Hong Kong, and the Medical Research Council of South Africa. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and a Fellow of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, and is listed among Who is Who in Science and Engineering, 1991. Dr. Enwemeka’s academic career has taken him to thirty-nine countries and all but five of the 50 states in the union, either as a visiting professor, invited presenter, keynote speaker, visiting scholar, or as an invited guest of other universities.

* Ph.D., New York University, Pathokinesiology, 1985
* M.S., University of Southern California, Physical Therapy, 1983
* B.Sc., University of Ibadan, Physical Therapy, 1978

Speaker Topics
* Laser Phototherapy
* Photobiology and Photomedicine
* Connective Tissue Pathobiology
* Photoengineering of Tissue Repair, Including Diabetic Ulcer Repair
* Therapeutic Ultrasound Biology

Interests & Expertise
1. Photoengineering of Tissue Repair Processes
2. Dr. Enwemeka is interested in the use visible and near infrared light, emitted by lasers and other monochromatic light sources, to stimulate tissue repair in experimental animal models of soft tissue injury and clinical cases of chronic ulcers that failed to respond to other forms of treatment. He has successfully treated diabetic ulcers in an experimental animal model and shown that human cases of chronic slow- or non-healing diabetic and venous ulcers respond positively to a combination of red and near infrared laser phototherapy.

3. Photo-eradication of Bacteria and Other Pathogens with Blue Light
4. Dr. Enwemeka and his team have shown that certain wavelengths of blue light are highly effective in killing deadly bacteria. These wavelengths of light are viable alternatives to treatment with chemical agents, such as antibiotics. In recent studies, they demonstrated that one dose irradiation of the deadly Methycillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) with any of two wavelengths of blue light killed as much as 92% of two genetically differing strains of the bacteria. He and his team are working to advance this line of work by developing technologies that foster photo-eradication of MRSA in places that harbor the bacteria.

Honors and Awards
* Chairperson, National Advisory Board on Medical Rehabilitation Research, NIH, Bethesda, MD (Appointed Board Member in July, 1998; Elected Chairperson in May 2000).
* President, World Association for Laser Therapy, 1998 - 2000.
* Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM) since May, 1991.
* Fellow of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery since July, 2008.
* Co-Editor-in-Chief, Photomedicine and Laser Surgery, The Official Journal of the International Society for Laser Surgery and Medicine and The World Association for Laser Therapy, June 2004 to date.
* Editor-in-Chief, Laser Therapy, The Official Journal of the World Association for Laser Therapy, May 1994 to January 2004.
* North America Regional Editor, Laser Therapy, July 1991 to April 1994.
* Member, Phi Beta Delta, Honor Society for International Scholars since 1993.
* Member, Who is Who in Science and Engineering, 1991.
* Investigator Research Award, University of Kansas Medical Center, 1996.
* Member, Board of Directors, Black Health Care Coalition, Kansas City, MO, 1995 to 2003.
* Member, Advisor Panel on Research, American Physical Therapy Association, 1993-1997.

Recent Publications
Fulop, A.M., Dhimmer, S., Deluca, J.R., Johanson, D.D., Lenz, R.V., Patel, K.B., Douris, P.C., Enwemeka, C.S. A meta-analysis of the efficacy of phototherapy on tissue repair. Photomedicine and Laser Surgery, 27:695-702, 2009.

Enwemeka, C.S. Intricacies of dose in laser phototherapy for tissue repair and pain relief (Review Paper). Phototherapy and Laser Surgery, 27:387-393, 2009.

Minatel, D.G., Frade, M.A.C., Franca. S., Enwemeka, C.S. Phototherapy promotes healing of chronic diabetic leg ulcers that failed to respond to other therapies. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, 41(6):433-41, August, 2009.

Minatel, D.G., Enwemeka, C.S., França, S.C., Frade, M.A.C. Phototherapy (LEDs 660/890 nm) in the treatment of leg ulcers in diabetic patients: Case study. Anals Brasileiros de Dermatologia 84(3):279-283, 2009.

Enwemeka, C.S., Williams, D., Enwemeka, S.K., Hollosi, S., Yens, D. 470 nm blue light kills Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) In Vitro. Photomedicine and Laser Surgery, 27:221-226, April 2009.

Caetano, K.S., Frade, M.A.C., Minatel, D.G., Santana, L.A., Enwemeka, C.S. Phototherapy improves healing of chronic venous ulcers. Photomedicine and Laser Surgery 27:111-118, February, 2009.

Enwemeka, C.S., Williams, D., Hollosi, S., Yens, D., Enwemeka, S.K. Visible 405 nm SLD light photo-destroys Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) in vitro. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine 40:734-737, 2008.

Enwemeka, C.S., Parker, J.C., Dowdy, D.S., Harkness, E.E., Sanford, L.E., Woodruff, L.D. The effect of laser phototherapy on tissue repair and pain control: A Meta-analysis of the literature. Photomedicine and Laser Surgery 22: 323-329, 2004.

Woodruff, L.D., Bounkeo, J.M., Brannon, W.M., Dawes, Jr., K.S., Barham, C.D., Waddell, D.L., Enwemeka, C.S. The efficacy of laser therapy in wound repair: A Meta-analysis of the literature. Photomedicine and Laser Surgery 22:241-247, 2004 (Corresponding Senior Author).

Timberlake, G.T., Enwemeka, C.S. An inexpensive, automated instrument for laser irradiation of cultured cells. Photomedicine and Laser Surgery 22:233-239, 2004
Inclusion Criteria I'm a Nigerian trained Physiotherapist