Osato Iyamu Idubor

Class of 2003

Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Osato I. Idubor, MD, MHS, CHES
LCDR Osato I. Idubor graduated from STA in 2003. She is a United States Public Health Service Officer and medical epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

What is your advice to young women who are interested in a STEAM-related career?
Never give up! Remain diligent, even when facing adversity. Anything worth having requires hard work, perseverance and dedication. Your hard work will ultimately pay off.

What interested you in the STEAM field?
From a very young age, I always wanted to become a doctor. I knew I wanted to help people improve their health, their quality of life and overall well-being. My parents have been and continue to be my biggest motivation. They migrated to the U.S. in hopes of a better life and to provide their children with opportunities they did not have. I owed it to them to be the best I could be, to not give up. They believed in me and, to date, remain my biggest cheerleaders.

What’s the best part about your work?
I truly enjoy being able to do what I’ve always wanted – help people. As a medical epidemiologist/public health physician, I not only get to improve the health of individual people through direct patient care, but I also get the opportunity to save lives, millions at a time, through public health research and policy.