Prof. George Ofori-Amanfo, MD
April 04, 1962 – December 30, 2021
“Blessed are the humble for they shall inherit the earth” – Matthew 5:5
George was born on 4thApril 1962 to Mr. John Ofori-Amanfo and Madam Yaa Brenya. He was the 4th of 13 siblings and spent his formative years growing up in Accra. He attended Majorsda primary school where he was already recognized as a rising star. At the age of thirteen in September 1975, he was admitted to an elite Catholic Boarding school in Cape Coast, St. Augustine’s College and for seven years built a unique reputation for his caring and humble nature, sharp wit, humor and determination to succeed. He had a smile that would brighten a room anytime he walked in and many of his classmates will fondly remember him for his leadership and ability to get things done. He was a highly sociable and likeable person, qualities that won him dear and authentic friends anywhere he goes. His forever optimism and his forward-looking insights always prepared for the unexpected. He was a talented musician, playing the violin in the school orchestra and enjoyed listening to music.
George as an academician had a penchant for learning and helping others to recognize the value of knowledge, so it was no surprise when he gained admission to the School of Medical Sciences at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi Ghana, graduating MBChB, Medicine in 1989.
He excelled in the School of Medical Sciences, winning many awards for clinical care during his time at Okomfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi. In 1995, he chose to migrate to the US where he achieved even greater accomplishments and consolidated his reputation as both a pediatric intensivist and pediatric cardiologist, educator and leader of international renown.
While working in the US, he always continued to look for ways to share his knowledge with clinicians abroad working as part of multiple missions dedicated to the care of children in Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, Kenya and his motherland Ghana.
He was a loving husband to his wife Celine and an amazing dad to his three children Francis, Justin and Christian. Despite his great achievements and impeccable work ethic, when he was home with his family, he was just G and dad.
George touched many lives wherever he went. While the pain of his death will remain with many of us for years to come, his candle flame will continue to burn in our hearts and the impact he made on our lives will forever continue to burn, as he has left this world a much better place.