Dr. Njideka Udochi: Exceptional Care and Treatment
Dr. Njideka Udochi is the clinic’s medical director and CEO of Millennium Family Practice. Here, you are met with utmost compassion and care. As you walk into the clinic, expertise and kindness will ease any of your fear and health woes. “I wanted to make my practice a place of comfort so that my patients feel secure and well-taken care of. “I love what I do, so my team and I are knowledgeable and experienced in a number of issues to help our patients in the best ways we can,” she says smiling. “We want to make everyone feel like they are in good hands.”
Dr. Udochi started the Millennium clinic over sixteen years ago. “I put my patients first, there have been many returning patients over the years and I am grateful I get to continue treating so many familiar faces. We’re like a family here!”
Millennium is a family medical practice, and on any given day, Dr. Udochi treats a variety of medical issues, including broken arms, addictions, HIV, and food allergies. “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.
“I want everyone to feel welcome here,” Dr. Udochi says. “I work extremely hard to make sure of that.” She and her staff are competent and kind, making her practice a popular spot to receive treatment in the Columbia, Maryland area.