Ikenna C. Okereke, MD, FACS

Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, USA

Dr. Okereke graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a B.S. in Biophysics in 3 years and then attended Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. After graduating from there in 4 years, he did his general surgery residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. After finishing a 7-year pathway, including 2 years of research, he went to the Beth Israel Deaconess Foundation for his cardiothoracic surgery fellowship.

Dr. Okereke is currently the chief of thoracic surgery and the program director for the cardiothoracic surgery fellowship program at the University of Texas Medical Branch. He was brought here to establish a new cardiothoracic surgery fellowship program, given his previous experience of implementing a training program. He also performs roughly 95% of his clinical cases minimally invasively, focusing on minimally invasive esophagectomy.

Dr. Okereke has a basic science laboratory here which performs research on esophageal disease. His laboratory focuses on identifying genomic patterns in Barrett’s esophagus which can predict outcome and propensity for cancer development. They are currently NIH-funded.