Prof Chukuka S. Enwemeka

The Board of Trustees of James Hope University is delighted to name Professor Chukuka Sam Enwemeka, as the Founding Vice Chancellor of James Hope University. Prof. Enwemeka comes to us from San Diego State University, San Diego, California, a leading doctoral research institution, where he served as Provost and Senior Vice President of the 124-year-old university. Before joining San Diego State University, he served as Distinguished Professor and Dean of the College of Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee for five years, and for more than six years as Professor and Dean at the New York Institute of Technology. Before his deanships, he was Professor and Chairperson at the University of Kansas Medical Center for 10 years. Professor Enwemeka served as a Visiting Professor at Curtin University, Perth, Australia and The Research Institute for Health Sciences, Tokyo, Japan, in 2000 and currently is a Visiting Professor to the University of Johannesburg and the University of Nigeria.

As a seasoned academic, Professor Enwemeka’s wealth of experience in incepting new academic programs span several continents. He has been instrumental in developing and deploying undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs in Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Brazil, China, the Republic of Georgia and Jordan. Moreover, he has served as a consultant, advisor, program reviewer or accreditor for universities in Australia, Brazil, Hong Kong, Nigeria, and South Africa. His academic engagements, including academic degree program development and implementation, invited lectures, conference presentations and leadership of funded research projects, has taken him to 41 countries on five continents.

World-wide, Professor Enwemeka is one of the foremost authorities in the use of lasers and monochromatic light for the treatment of pain, injuries and infectious diseases. As an inventor, he holds two US and international patents on Photo-eradication of Microorganism With Blue Light, and has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed research papers, books and book chapters. He served as Editorial Board Member, Regional Editor, Editor, or Co-Editor-in-Chief of several international scientific and professional journals, and is Emeritus Editor-In-Chief of Laser Therapy Journal and Emeritus Co-Editor-in-Chief of Photomedicine and Laser Surgery.

Professor Enwemeka earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Ibadan, his master’s degree from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and his Ph.D. from New York University. He is a Fellow of both the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery. In 1998, he was elected President of the World Association for Laser Therapy (WALT); the following year, he organized and founded the North American Association for Photobiomodulation Therapy (NAALT).

He is a Trustee of James Hope College, Agbor, Delta State, Nigeria, and has served as a Trustee of California Western School of Law, San Diego, California. Professor Enwemeka has been a Non-Executive Director of Zenith Bank since July 2010 and has served as a Board Member of several organizations, including, Curative Healthcare Network in Wisconsin, Milwaukee Academy of Science, San Diego Symphony, and the Board Finance Committee of Sharp Grossmont Hospital, San Diego. He was a member of the National Advisory Board on Medical Rehabilitation Research, US National Institutes of Health for four years, and served as an elected Chairman of the Board.

Selected media coverage of Professor Enwemeka’s academic works includes reports by Reuters, CBS News, United Press International (UPI), Entrepreneur, Photonics, Forbes, Fox Business News, Science Daily News, WebMD, The Nigerian Guardian, Gulf News, Daily India, and interviews by CNBC (, PBS ( ), NABNTV (, and Peer Interviews, Nice France (