Dr. Bennet Omalu is a Nigerian forensic pathologist and medical examiner who was first to discover and publish findings of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) while conducting autopsy on former Pittsburgh Steelers center Mike Wenster in 2002.
Webster had died suddenly and unexpectedly, following years of struggling with cognitive and intellectual impairment, destitution, depression and suicide attempts. Although his brain looked normal at autopsy, Omalu conducted independent and self-financed tissue analysis.
Dr. Omalu fought against efforts by National Football League to suppress his research on the brain damage suffered by professional football players.
Will Smith portrayed him in the movie “Concussion” which depicts the 47-year-old doctor’s efforts to publicize CTE.