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Izi Obokhare M.D, FACS, FICS
Dr. Izi Obokhare is a Board Certified General Surgeon and a Fellow of both the American College of Surgeons and the International College of Surgeons. He also has additional qualifications in Colorectal Surgery, advanced laparoscopic robotic and endoscopic surgery. He is an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Minimal Invasive Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center located in Amarillo Texas. He received his medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C., and completed a General Surgery Residency at the University Hospitals of Cleveland – Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland OH. He finished a research fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery Research at the Ochsner clinic New Orleans where he obtained additional training in the diagnosis and treatment of benign and malignant diseases of colon, rectum, and anus. He has a special interest in reaching the underserved population in the Texas Panhandle and serves as the principal investigator for the state supported CPRIT grant of Over 5 million Dollars providing free colorectal cancer screening for the uninsured and underinsured residents in the North West Texas. He is also interested in cutting edge state-of-the-art minimally invasive techniques and approaches to anorectal tumors such as robotic surgery, trans-anal minimally invasive surgery (TAMIS), laparoscopic colectomy for colon cancer, familial colon cancer syndromes, diverticulitis, colonic inertia and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Obokhare is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and an active member of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery, and the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons. In addition to the numerous leadership, academic and scholarship awards he has received, Dr. Obokhare has presented his research at several scientific meetings and given multiple podium presentation. His research manuscripts have been published in peer reviewed medical journals. He lives in Texas with his wife Dr. Joy Obokhare an ENT and Facial Plastics surgeon and his three lovely children.
Christina Jenkins, MD, FACS, FASCRS
Dr. Jenkins received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from the University of California, San Diego. She attended Albany Medical College of Union University, where she received her Doctor of Medicine Degree. After completing residency training in General Surgery at New York Medical College, she pursued specialized training in Colon and Rectal Surgery in Towson, Maryland. Dr. Jenkins is certified by both The American Board of Surgery and The American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery. She has served as Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at Loma Linda University, and has also served as volunteer faculty at the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine. She is active in the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, where she serves on the Physician Outreach and DEI committees. Dr. Jenkins is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and The American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.
Robert Amajoyi, MD, FICS, FACS, FASCRS
Robert Amajoyi, MD, is a board-certified and fellowship-trained colorectal surgeon and serves as director of the Rectal Cancer Program at Saint Luke’s Cancer Institute. Dr. Amajoyi provides evidence-based clinical and surgical care at Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City, Saint Luke’s East Hospital, and Saint Luke’s South Hospital. He also serves as an assistant professor at the University of Missouri Kansas city School of Medicine He provides holistic surgical care and specializes in treating rectal ; colon, and anal cancer; anal dysplasia, sigmoid diverticulitis; rectal prolapse; surgery for Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis; J-pouch surgery; re-do rectal surgery; and re-operative abdominal and pelvic surgery. An active participant in research and advancing colorectal surgery, Dr. Amajoyi has authored many articles, book chapters, abstracts, and reviews. He is a leader in his field, presenting scientific talks at local, national, and international meetings. His clinical interests include robotic and minimally invasive rectal cancer surgery; multidisciplinary rectal cancer care; colon cancer surgery; organ preserving transanal minimally invasive surgery (TAMIS); multivisceral pelvic organ resection surgery; and providing care to the underserved, such as the LGBTQ community. Dr. Amajoyi is also the International college of surgeons United States section Specialty Group Chair of Colorectal Surgery. Dr Amajoyi Serves as a member of the DEI committee for the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and International College of Surgeons. When he is not performing surgery, he is coaching young physicians through his Unstucklifestyle Coaching and Elite Mentoring company, volunteering or spending time with his family on the soccer field.
Jonathan A. Laryea, MB, ChB, MS, FACS, FASCRS, FWACS
Dr. Jonathan A. Laryea is a Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of Colon & Rectal Surgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) where he also holds the Nolie and Norma Mumey Endowed Chair in Surgery. He is also the Vice Chair of Quality for the Department of Surgery. Dr. Laryea serves as the Medical Director of the Cancer Service Line at the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at UAMS. He is board certified in General Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery and Clinical Informatics. He also holds a Master’s degree in Biomedical Informatics. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgeons as well as the West African College of Surgeons. He serves on the Executive Council of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and has served in numerous committees of the Society. He is currently the Chair of the Surgical Section of the National Medical Association. He is also an examiner for the American Board of Surgery. He previously served on the Executive Council of the Association for Academic Surgery where he was co-Chair of the West Africa Task Force. He is also the inaugural Vice Chair for the DEI committee of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. He is a past Arkansas State Chair for the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. He also currently serves as a member of the Program Committee for the American College of Surgeons. He does surgical missions in Ghana, Benin, Liberia, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo and mentors medical students and doctors across many countries in Africa. His main interests are in colorectal cancer, minimally invasive colorectal surgery, racial disparities in cancer outcomes and use of machine learning to predict cancer outcomes.
Folasade (Fola) May, MD PhD, MPhil
Dr. Fola May is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Director of Quality Improvement in Gastroenterology at UCLA Health, Director of the May Health Services Research Laboratory, Associate Director of the UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity, and staff physician in the Veterans Affairs. She received a B.A. in Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology from Yale University, a Masters of Epidemiology at the University of Cambridge (UK), a medical degree at Harvard University, and a PhD in Health Policy and Management from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.
In the May Laboratory at UCLA, Dr. May and her team engages in health services research and quality improvement studies to improve population preventive health strategies, increase access to preventive services, and eliminate health disparities. She has designed and executed multiple studies to examine the impact of patient, provider, and system factors on many chronic disease states, including obesity, colorectal cancer, chronic liver disease, and hepatocellular carcinoma.
Dr. May has received numerous local and national awards for her research, community engagement and advocacy, including recognition and funding from the National Institutes of Health, American Cancer Society, American College of Gastroenterology, American Gastroenterological Association, Tobacco Related Disease Research Program, National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, Broad Stem Cell Research Center, and Stand Up to Cancer. Media appearances have included ABC News, 20/20, Red Table Talk, Black News Channel, and Inside Edition. She is passionate about improving public awareness about preventive health and health equity and is involved in advocacy at the state and national level to develop and encourage policy to improve healthcare delivery and health equity.
Ramon Brown, MD
Dr. Brown received his Doctor of Medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He completed an internship and residency in general surgery at Keesler Medical Center. He then completed fellowship training at Ochsner Clinic Foundation in colorectal surgery. He currently practices at Singing River Health System on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.