Their dedication to healthcare was fostered when they were children growing up in Riverside, California, alongside their older brother Obi, 34, who is a pulmonary and critical care physician at UCLA Health. Their parents came to the U.S., where they met, to pursue degrees; their mother, Magdalen, earned a master’s in chemical engineering, and their father, Iheanacho, graduated from Howard University College of Medicine and eventually became an OB-GYN.
“We’re the kids of scientists, and we didn’t steer from that at all,” Uk says. “It’s how we were groomed.”
While Magdalen ultimately decided to stay home to raise their family (“We were really fortunate to be supported by highly educated parents who could help with calculus homework!” says Uk), the passion Iheanacho brought to his OB-GYN practice had a big impact on all three Emeruwa siblings.
“Our dad absolutely loves what he does and always has,” says Ezinne. “Many people think of OBs as being tired and drained, getting up all hours of the night to deliver babies, but he very much enjoys it.”