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St. James doctor earns ‘civil surgeon’ designation

Dr. Kanayo K. Odelug| Supplied photo

Dr. Kanayo K. Odeluga | Supplied photo

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Updated: September 18, 2014 6:21AM



Franciscan St. James Health recently announced that Dr. Kanayo K. Odeluga has been designated a civil surgeon by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), those people applying for a green card or permanent resident status must submit to a physical examination, a release from Franciscan St. James Health said. A civil surgeon who has been designated by USCIS must perform those exams conducted within the United States, it said.

Odeluga is among just five south suburban physicians who are authorized to perform immigration medical examinations on behalf of the USCIS, it said.

Only licensed physicians with at least four years of professional experience are eligible to earn civil surgeon designation, which also requires training specified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and USCIS, the release said.

Odeluga is the medical director of the Franciscan St. James Occupational Health Center and International Travel Clinic at 30 E. 15th St., Chicago Heights.

For more information, call (708) 709-2000.

Staff report



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