New faculty Q&A with Amaka Achufusi, MD

Amaka Achufusi, MDAmaka Achufusi, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor
Division of Nephrology

What is your primary professional focus in any or all of our mission areas (clinical, research, and/or medical education)?
My primary professional focus is diagnosis and management of glomerulonephritides and onconephrology. I am very interested in medical education.

What drew you to UW-Madison and the Department of Medicine?
From the moment I started having conversations about the possibility of a position at UW-Madison, everyone was extremely friendly and open. I was excited about the opportunities for career mentoring that were possible. Coincidentally, my father first came to UW-Madison in the 1960s for his masters’ degree in journalism, and he always talked about how much he loved living here.

What are you most excited about during your first year with the department in this role?
I am most excited about meeting people in the department, and learning about possible collaborations and relationships that I will build.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not working?
I love to cook [Nigerian food is the best!], and I am also a really expert couch potato [Netflix, Hulu!!]

Favorite piece of advice from a mentor or inspiring figure in your life?
Don’t ever let anyone tell you what is not possible in your own life.