Dr. Njideka Udochi: Exceptional Care and Treatment
Being a healthcare provider can come with ups and downs, but for Dr. Njideka Udochi, she loves what she does. She is the medical director and CEO of Millennium Family Practice. “We want to provide care with warmth and compassion,” she says. “My team and I work at making the ambiance of the office as pleasant and comfortable as possible. Sometimes it’s scary being sick or injured and we want to ease those fears and discomfort.”
With over sixteen years at Millennium, Dr. Udochi has put her patients first. “It’s really rewarding to see the impact my clinic has on the community. I have many repeat patients, and we speak over twelve different languages in our office so that we can treat as many people as possible, no matter where they come from,” she says smiling.
Millennium is a full service clinic that can treat a number of medical issues, health vulnerabilities such as HIV and addiction, as well as allergies, illnesses, broken bones, and other needs. “With our technology and equipment, we are able to treat a wide range of issues that families experience, even urgent care. It is one reason why the clinic has been able to grow so much these past few years.”
What she particularly loves is the international background of her patients. “It’s hard to imagine, but our patients come to us from 114 countries,” Dr. Udochi says. “On any given day, I could be speaking to a woman from Somalia, a man from Pakistan, or a boy from America. It’s one reason we prioritize speaking multiple languages. Our staff can speak twelve: French, Spanish, Hindi, Urdu, Twi, Ibo, Yoruba, Somali, Arabic, Amharic, Ga, and English. I never know where my patients will be from, and that’s a big reason why I find my job so fascinating.”
That enthusiasm for her job along with her skills led the Maryland Academy of Family Physicians to announce on February 17, 2021, that Dr. Udochi was the recipient of the 2021 Family Physician of the Year award. She was recognized for her exemplary service and engagement in the well-being of her patients and community. She was also honored for the compassionate, comprehensive medical service she continually provided her patients.
Her ability to expertly treat her patients comes from her strong training. She first obtained her medical degree from the College of Medicine at the University of Nigeria in 1988. She then graduated in 1998 from the highly respected George Washington University Medical Center/Holy Cross Family Practice Residency Program. She also completed a fellowship in Geriatrics at the George Washington University Medical Center in 1999. She is an experienced HIV provider and has had Board Certification since 2004. She also carries the designation AAHIVS. Dr. Udochi is currently the President of a consortium of multi-speciality physicians who provide care to patients using a PCMH model, which ensures improved access, quality, and outcomes.
Before opening Millennium Family Practice, Dr. Udochi was employed by Mercy Medical Center and served as the Medical Director of HCH in Baltimore City. Dr. Udochi is certified in HIV Medicine and has experience in Addiction Medicine. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and in addition has a Masters Degree in Public Health from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.
With such a strong background, it is not surprising that she is able to provide expert care for her patients. Her peers agree and have noticed that she uses her skills to provide dignified, respectful treatment for vulnerable patients, including those who are recovering addicts or are living with HIV.
In an average day, Dr. Udochi sees countless patients, and gets to provide the care and treatment that they need. “I love what I do and I love the team I have the privilege of working with every day!”