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Ikenna Okereke, MD, Named Chief of Thoracic Surgery

Ikenna Okereke, MD
Ikenna Okereke, MD  

Ikenna Okereke, MD, has been appointed chief of thoracic surgery at Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital. He previously served as assistant professor of surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine and chief of thoracic surgery at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis, Ind.

A surgeon specializing in thoracic surgery, or surgical treatment of diseases of the chest, Okereke has expertise in a number of areas and specializes in minimally invasive thoracic surgery to treat lung and esophageal cancers, chest wall and mediastinal (the area that separates the lungs) tumors, and complex gastroesophageal reflux (GERD). Currently less than 20 percent of such surgeries nationwide are treated using minimally invasive techniques, which have been shown to help lessen the pain from surgery and decrease length of stay.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Okereke to our team of highly skilled and dedicated surgeons,” said William G. Cioffi, M.D., surgeon-in-chief at Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital. “His background and expertise in both complex and minimally invasive thoracic surgery allows us to extend our spectrum of care and further enhance our surgical capabilities. He will be joining Dr. Thomas Ng, an established thoracic surgeon, to broaden our services to the local community.”

Okereke received his undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University and his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine. He completed both his residencies and thoracic surgery fellowship at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, as well as a cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

Board certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Okereke is also a member of the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Chest Physicians. As a volunteer with Haiti Medical Mission Relief, Okereke went to Haiti a week after the devastating earthquake that killed 250,000 people in January 2010. He has been back several times since and is creating a foundation dedicated to medical mission relief in underserved areas such as Haiti. In addition to his clinical role, Okereke will also have an academic affiliation with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He is a member of University Surgical Associates.