Board Member Spotlight: Gideon Esuzor

LCDR Gideon Esuzor, MBA, MSN, RN
Defense Health Agency


What advice would you give your younger self?
Enjoy the journey and experience no matter the difficulties you encounter on your road to success. The difficult moments are character-building, so embrace them.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Honolulu, HI

What made you want to pursue a career in nursing?
I decided to pursue a career in nursing after the counsel of a good friend amidst frustration with my pre-pharmacy courses. I wanted to be a pharmacist.

What book should every nurse read?
The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For? by Rick Warren

What has been your most interesting/surprising outcome while conducting nursing research?
The plethora of relevant questions that remain after the "conclusion" of the research.

What is a fun fact many people may not know about you?
I arrived in the United States with six dimes.

About Gideon
Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Gideon Esuzor came to the United States at twenty years of age. Residing in the Atlanta suburbs, Gideon recalls he knew early in his college search process that he wanted to attend Clayton State University, and he also knew he wanted to be of service. He started at a community college with the aspirations of becoming a pharmacist. However, after taking an Organic Chemistry course, Gideon made the decision that pharmacy was not going to be his career path.

Looking to the future, Gideon would like to open a mobile health clinic for underserved communities that will help dissipate health disparities. He is active in his community and is passionate about mentoring young black men, especially those interested in a career in nursing. He notes one of his mentors has even gone on to become a student at Clayton State.

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