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Our Founder


Obinna Oriaku decided to become a doctor at age 13 after a near-death experience from childhood asthma. He understands the pain and fear that accompanies illness and now devotes his life to helping others on their health care (or health scare) journeys.

Dr. Oriaku is the Founder and CEO of Crown Clinic, a thriving primary care practice serving patients in southwest Charlotte since 2003. Over the years, he’s witnessed first-hand how inequalities in healthcare delivery disproportionately affect minority communities. He is passionate about bridging the gap in healthcare disparity and continues to explore new ways to harness technology for this purpose. Originally from Nigeria, he continues to support his family who lives there and created SocratesMD to help others do the same.

Obinna Oriaku, MD

Dr. Oriaku obtained his medical degree from the University of Benin, Nigeria and completed his residency training at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University in New York. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He is also a Certified Physician Executive and obtained his executive MBA from Wake Forest University. He’s an experienced physician executive with over 20 years of proven leadership in delivering evidence-based quality health care. 


The guiding principle in his life and work is that high-quality, affordable healthcare is a global human right. 

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