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Dr. Samuel F. Quartey

To Bridge the Gap African Americans Should Visit Africa

Dr. Samuel F. Quartey has more than 30 years of experience as a podiatrist specializing in foot and ankle surgery. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at Temple University and the College of Podiatric Medicine in New York. The native of Accra, Ghana, is a graduate of the University of Science and Technology, Kumasi and University Legon, Ghana. He taught at Accra High School prior to moving to the U.S.

Quartey received his bachelor’s and master’s in chemistry from Howard University, Washington, D.C. He obtained his doctorate in podiatric medicine from Temple University and a doctorate in philosophy from Dayspring Christian University. Quartey serves on the boards of the African American Museum, AFRICOM, Imhotep Charter High School, the Police Advisory Board, all in Philadelphia, and the National Podiatric Medicine Association.

He is a founding member of Gadangme Association of Philadelphia, Gadangme Foundation of Pennsylvania and Gadangme Development International.

He was knighted by the Knights of Malta from Rome, and has the title of His Royal Majesty King Nii Kwate Obleshie II. Quartey serves on Mayor’s Commission on African and Caribbean Affairs in Philadelphia. The NAACP of New Jersey presented him with the Physician Award in 2013.

He responded to FunTimes interview with these comments:

Defining moments: My upbringing by my Parents in Ghana; they believed in education and community work

Significant accomplishment or project: Introducing African Education to Imhotep Institute secondary school and several of new surgical procedures in Bunion surgery of the foot which bears my name such as Quartey’s Maneuver. Advice for young people: Young people should study hard and focus on what they want to achieve.

How to build relationships within the African Diaspora: To help African Americans bridge the gap with Africans, they have to take a trip to Africa, their motherland, and connect with their ancestral spirit and the people of Africa.