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Chidi Chike Achebe MED ’96 to be 2023 Geisel School of Medicine Class Day Speaker 

Geisel School of Medicine is pleased to announce Chidi Chike Achebe MED ’96, MBA, MPH as the featured guest speaker for the 2023 Class Day Ceremony.  

Chidi Achebe
Chidi Chike Achebe MED ’96, MBA, MPH

Achebe is founder, CEO, and chairman of Boston, MA-based, Delaware registered, African Integrated Development Enterprise (AIDE PBC)—a Public Benefit Corporation focused on health, education, agriculture, energy, and telecommunication that provides integrated, patient-centered, cost-effective, and sustainable healthcare services dedicated to the development of African communities. 

“I am thrilled, honored, and deeply grateful for the invitation from Duane Compton, PhD, dean, Geisel School of Medicine, to serve as keynote speaker for the 2023 Class Day Ceremony,” Achebe says. “I look forward to returning to the beautiful Dartmouth campus and engaging with the graduating students, my former teachers, current faculty, and the larger Dartmouth community.” 

After graduating from Dartmouth’s medical school in 1996, Achebe, an internist, completed a combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics residency at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center in Houston. Achebe has been affiliated with multiple hospitals in Greater Boston, including Boston Medical Center and Lowell General Hospital. A physician executive with more than 20 years of healthcare experience, he received his MPH from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and an MBA from Yale School of Management. 

Achebe also serves as medical consultant for a variety of organizations including, Clean Water for Kids—an NGO that brings fresh water to underserved communities in Liberia, and an adviser to Tesfa Health in Bahirdar, Ethiopia.  

In 2012, he was awarded Dartmouth College’s Martin Luther King Social Justice Award—ongoing category; in May 2022, he received the John and Samuel Bard Award in Medicine and Science from Bard College, his undergraduate alma mater, for his work with the underserved in both the U.S. and globally.  

Achebe has served as an assistant professor at Tufts University School of Medicine and as the president and CEO of Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center, and medical director of Whittier Street Health Center. 

Geisel’s 2023 Class Day ceremony will be held May 27 in the courtyard of Dartmouth’s Class of 1978 Life Sciences Center.