How Diversity in Medical Illustrations Can Improve Healthcare Outcomes
Lead Medical Illustrator, International Center for Genetic Disease
Chief Medical Illustrator and Creative Director – Journal of Global Neurosurgery
Chidiebere Ibe is a medical illustrator and a medical student at Kyiv Medical University. He was born on 31 March 1996. Having lost his mother to surgery for fibroid, he became passionate about medicine, especially as it relates to mothers and children. He is a self-taught medical illustrator. He learned to draw medical illustrations using just a computer mouse. He is aspiring to be a pediatric neurosurgeon.
In July 2020, Ibe began drawing medical illustrations with Black people as subjects in response to the use of white subjects in the vast majority of such illustrations, hoping to promote diversity in the illustrations used by the medical textbooks used in medical training, and noting that "many conditions and signs look different based on the patient’s skin colour and therefore the black skin should be equally represented". He has illustrated various medical subjects including a fetus in a womb as well as eczema. In early December 2021, he went viral on social media as a result of his illustrations.