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Ekemini Akan Ogbu, M.B.B.S., M.Sc.

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  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics


Pediatric Rheumatology

Research Interests

Childhood-onset systemic lupus erythematosus; Autoimmune cytopenias; Lupus Nephritis; Neuropsychiatric lupus


The Johns Hopkins Hospital

600 N. Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21287 map


Dr. Ekemini A. Ogbu is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She received her medical degree from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and completed her pediatric residency at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia.  Following this, she stayed on as Chief Resident for a year.  Dr. Ogbu then completed her pediatric rheumatology fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. She also earned a Master of Science in Clinical Research from Emory University. 

Dr. Ogbu specializes in managing a range of rheumatologic autoimmune and autoinflammatory diseases in children. These include childhood-onset systemic lupus erythematosus, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, juvenile dermatomyositis, vasculitis, periodic fever syndromes and others.

Her current research focuses on understanding the impact of primary hematological disorders and autoimmune hematologic processes on cSLE phenotype and long-term renal outcomes.

She is a member of the American College of Rheumatology, the Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Clinical Immunology Society. more


  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Departments / Divisions



  • MBBS, University of Ibadan College of Medicine (2005)


  • Morehouse School of Medicine / Pediatrics (2015)


  • Emory University School of Medicine / Pediatric Rheumatology (2019)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics / Pediatrics (2015)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

Ogbu E, Prahalad S. The Ethical Quandary of the Clinician Researcher: Is the Conflict Too Great? Joint Bone Spine. 2019 Nov 20. pii: S1297-319X(19)30167-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jbspin.2019.11.001. [Epub ahead of print]

Ogbu E., Rouster-Stevens K., Vega Fernandez P., Lupus Mesenteric Vasculitis: A Rare Initial Presentation of Pediatric Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (Accepted for publication in Journal of Clinical Rheumatology, Nov 2019

Activities & Honors


  • Blair Aitkens Prize in Clinical Surgery, University of Ibadan, 2005 - 2005
  • Billie Wright Adams Scholar, National Medical Association, 2013 - 2013
  • Resident of the Year 2014 – 2015, Pediatric Emergency Medicine department, Emory University School of Medicine and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, 2015 - 2015


  • American College of Rheumatology, 2016
  • Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance, 2016
  • Pediatric Rheumatology Collaborative Study Group, 2017
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, 2012
  • Clinical Immunology Society, 2018

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