20th Annniversary of First Care Medical Clinic: Congratulations to Founder and CEO, Ben Okwara, MD



Benedict Okwara, MD is the owner and Medical Director of First Care Medical Clinic. He is also a practicing Physician within the clinic, and has over 20 years of experience providing quality healthcare to his patients.

Dr. Okwara graduated from St. George’s University, School of Medicine in 1984 where he earned his Medical Doctorate degree. He began his career as a Physician in 1991, after completing his Residency in Internal Medicine at The Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn New York. He worked as an Emergency Room Physician in New York before relocating to North Carolina.

From his years of experience working in the Emergency Department, Dr. Okwara realized that there was a need for an outpatient facility to better serve the healthcare needs of the community. First Care Medical Clinic (FCMC) opened in 1994 in Monroe, North Carolina. The premise of FCMC was to provide excellent outpatient care in a well-equipped facility at an affordable cost for the patient.

FCMC has since grown to 7 offices with a provider team of Internists, Pediatricians, Physician Assistants, and Family Nurse Practitioners. Dr. Okwara provides leadership to the providers and staff members, and oversees the excellence of healthcare delivery provided to FCMC patients.

Dr. Okwara believes that his role as a Physician is to provide quality healthcare to patients and believes strongly in preventative medicine and patient education. He prides himself in providing patients with care that will improve both their health and their quality of life.

Dr. Okwara has a strong belief in education, and acts as a preceptor for many Physician Assistant and Nurse Practitioner students from various universities including Duke, Wingate, East Carolina and the University of North Carolina Charlotte.

Originally from Lagos, Nigeria, Dr. Okwara came from humble beginnings, but with a strong dedication to education and a love for the medical field, he strove to achieve his goal of becoming a Physician. His efforts have resulted in a rewarding career and the opportunity to treat patients in the community with excellent and compassionate healthcare. One of his favorite quotes is from author F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The world only exists in your eyes. You can make it as big or as small as you want.” Dr. Okwara’ s dream of providing the best healthcare to patients has grown to a practice which provides exceptional service for over 35,000 patient visits per year.

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