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  • Ed W. Childs, MD
    Professor
    Chair of Surgery
    Director of Residency Program

    Dr. Childs is Professor and Chairman of Surgery at Morehouse School of Medicine and the Surgery Residency Program Director.  He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and board certified in General Surgery and Critical Care.

    He received his bachelor’s degree  from the University of Texas at Dallas and his M.D. degree from Texas A&M College of Medicine. He completed a general surgery internship and his residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He completed a trauma/critical care surgery fellowship at the University of California-Davis. 


    Olufemi Babalola, MD, FACS
    Assistant Professor, Clinical Surgery

    Dr. Olufemi Babalola is an Assistant Professor in Clinical Surgery at Morehouse School of Medicine. He earned his MBBS degree in Nigeria from the University of Benin School of Medicine. In 2002, he became a surgical resident at Morehouse School of Medicine where he completed his training in 2007. 

    Dr. Olufemi Babalola joined the department after finishing his chief residency year with the department while successfully completing both parts of his board certification and has rapidly become a valued member on the junior surgical faculty. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.


    Allison Burkett, MD
    Assistant Professor, Vascular Surgery

    Dr. Allison B. Burkett graduated from Williams College with a B.A. in Psychology. She received her medical degree from State University of New York Stony Brook. Dr. Burkett completed her General Surgery residency at North Shore University Hospital-Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Following her General Surgery training she completed her fellowship in Vascular Surgery at Atlanta Medical Center.

    Dr. Burkett has co-authored papers that have been published in peer reviewed journals and she has presented case reports at national conferences. Dr. Burkett is board certified in Vascular Surgery, General Surgery and certified in Wound Healing and Hyperbaric therapy. 


    Omar K. Danner, MD, FACS
    Assistant Professor, Clinical Surgery

    Dr. Danner is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery. He received his MD from University of Alabama School of Medicine. He completed a General Surgery Residency at University of Alabama School of Medicine and a Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at John Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. He subsequently joined the medical staff at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and served as an attending trauma surgeon and surgical intensivist. Afterwards, he completed a fellowship training in Advanced Minimally Invasive Bariatric, Foregut, and General Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. 

    He is a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and is board certified in Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.  


    James F. Densler, MD, FACS, FAAP
    Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor
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    Dr. Densler is an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery. He earned his B.S. (First Honor Graduate) from Savannah State College in Savannah, Georgia and his MD (First Honor Graduate) from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. 

    His Residency and Internship were completed at the U.S. Public Health Service Hospital in Staten Island, New York. He completed his Fellowship in Pediatric Surgery at the United Hospitals of Newark, New Jersey. He practiced with Atlanta Surgical Professional Association from 1969-2000.


    Ronald E. Moore, Jr. MD, FACS
    Assistant Professor of Surgery
    Chief of Section of Minimally Invasive Surgery
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    Dr. Ronald E. Moore graduated from the University of Kansas with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He received his medical degree and completed his General Surgical training at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Moore went on to Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's in Chicago and completed a Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship. 

    Dr. Moore has authored numerous papers that have been published in peer reviewed journals and has been a featured speaker at numerous national conferences. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery. He served as Chief of Surgery and Director of Bariatric Surgery at multiple hospitals..


    Clarence Clark III, MD, FACS
    Assistant Professor, Surgery
    Chief of Colon and Rectal Surgery

    Dr. Clark is an Assistant Professor of Surgery and Chief of Colon and Rectal Surgery. He earned his B.A. degree in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania and his MD from Penn State College of Medicine. He completed his General Surgery training at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio and his Colon and Rectal surgery training at Christus Santa Rosa Colon and Rectal Surgery Program in San Antonio. 

    Dr. Clark  has published and has clinical interest in Minimally Invasive Colorectal Surgery including Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery. Dr. Clark also serves as a Diplomat of the American Board of Surgery and a Diplomat of the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery.


    Frank K. Jones, MD, FACS
    Assistant Professor, Clinical Surgery

    Dr. Jones is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery. He received both his B.S. in Biology from Morehouse College and his M.D. from the Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Jones completed his Surgical Internship and residency at Howard University Hospital and completed his Trauma/Critical Care Fellowship at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, Maryland. 

    He also obtained his MPH from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. His clinical interest is in General Surgery, especially hernias and abdominal wall reconstruction. He also has a strong interest in surgical education and mentoring.


    Arthur B. Lee, Jr., MD, D.Sc, MED, FACS
    Professor Emeritus

    Dr. Lee is a Professor of Surgery at Morehouse School of Medicine and a CardioThoracic Surgeon for Grady Memorial Hospital. Dr. Lee earned his B.A. Degree in Philosophy from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. He received his MD from Boston University School of Medicine and received his Degree in Science Medicine Physiology and Surgery from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. 

    Dr. Lee completed his Surgical Residency at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and a Cardiothoracic Surgical Residency at New York University Medical Center. He also completed a Surgical Metabolism Unit Fellowship from Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the National Heart Institute of Health, Presbyterian Hospital in New York, New York.


    Leslie R. Matthews, MD
    Assistant Professor, Clinical Surgery
    Director, Surgical Critical Care
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    Dr. Matthews serves as a surgical critical care and trauma surgeon. Dr. Matthews received his medical degree from the University of Mississippi. He completed his surgical residency training at Morehouse School of Medicine; with prior residency training from Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Western Care Reserve System in Youngstown, Ohio and the District of Columbia General Hospital in Washington, D.C. 

    He completed a two year surgical critical care fellowship at the Mayo Clinical College of Medicine. He is board certified in  General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care, and a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery.  


    James A. McCoy, MD, FACS
    Professor, Clinical Surgery
    Director, Surgical Education

    Dr. McCoy is a Professor of Clinical Surgery and Director of Surgical Education. He earned his B.S. Degree in Biology from Texas Southern University and his MD from the University of Texas Medical Branch. He also completed General Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery Residencies at the University of Texas Medical Branch. He completed his Cardiovascular Surgery Fellowship at the St. Luke's Hospital / Texas Heart Institute in Houston, Texas. A Psychiatric Residency was also completed at Emory University.


    Joel A. Okoli, MD, MPH, FACS
    Associate Professor, Clinical Surgery

    Dr. Okoli is an Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery. He earned his  B.S. magna cum laude in Clinical Chemistry and B.A. magna cum laude in Biology at Seattle University. He received his MD and MPH concurrently from Yale University. Dr. Okoli completed a General Surgery Residency at State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine after which he became Board Certified in Surgery and Emergency Medicine. He completed Endoscopy, Vascular Access, and Surgical Oncology Fellowships at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

    He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a Fellow of the Society of Surgical Oncology. His expertise is in benign and malignant diseases of the breast, small and large intestine, liver, pancreas, thyroid, parathyroid, parotid glands, soft tissue tumors, melanoma, and endoscopy.

    Vijaykumar G. Patel, MD, FRACS, FACS
    Professor, Clinical Surgery
    Chair, FLS Education Committee

    Dr. Patel served a rotating surgical internship at University College Hospital, before being appointed as Lecturer in the Department of Anatomy at University College of London. He received higher surgical training rotations at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, Royal National Orthopedic Hospital, Queen Mary’s University Hospital, and St. George’s Hospital.   Dr. Patel was one of the first Surgical Residents at Grady Hospital in the newly accredited Surgical training program at Morehouse School of Medicine. He was the first graduate to serve as faculty at MSM's Department of Surgery.

    Dr. Patel is a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He holds memberships in national and international surgical societies.


    Wilson DuMornay, MD
    Assistant Professor of Surgery
    Director of the Division of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery
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    Dr. DuMornay specializes in head and neck oncology, Robot assisted endoscopic surgery, Endoscopic Sinus surgery, Sleep Surgery, Tracheal stenosis, Vocal cord paralysis, minimally invasive thyroid, parathyroid surgery and general Otolaryngology. He is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserve.

    DuMornay graduated from Temple University School of Medicine with honors,completed a surgical internship at Tulane University's Charity Medical Center, completed a Otolaryngology surgery residency at Montefiore Medical, and continued training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the University of Miami. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Otolaryngology Head/Neck Surgery. 


    William Lynn Weaver, MD, FACS
    Professor, Surgery
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    Dr. Weaver was a Professor and Chairman as well as the Program Director for the Department of Surgery Residency Program until February 2, 2009. He earned his B.S. Degree in Pharmacy from Howard University College of Pharmacy in Washington, District of Columbia and his MD from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Weaver completed a General Surgery Residency at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington. 

    Dr. Weaver was the first surgeon to hold the office of President of both the Georgia Surgical Society and the Georgia Chapter of the American College of Surgeons simultaneously; he is also the first African American to be president, governor, and councilor of the above organizations.


    Kenneth Wilson, MD
    Assistant Professor, Clinical Surgery
    Director, Trauma
    Associate Director, Residency Program
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    Dr. Wilson is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery, the Director of Trauma, and Associate Residency Director. He received his B.S. at Emory University and MD Degree from Howard University. He completed his surgical internship at Howard and completed his General Surgery Residency at Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Wilson went on to complete his fellowship training in Trauma and Critical Care at Henry Ford Hospital.. 

    Dr. Wilson has received both his board certification in General Surgery and Critical Care Surgery from the American Board of Surgery, and he is a fellow of The American College of Surgeons. 


    Derrick J. Beech, MD, FACS
    Senior Associate Dean, Clinical Affairs & Faculty Development
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    Dr. Beech earned his Bachelor’s degree from Duke University.  Dr. Beech continued his studies at the Medical College of Virginia where he received his Doctor of Medicine degree.  Following medical school training, he received his residency training in Surgery at Temple University Hospital and Clinics.  He completed his fellowship training in Surgical Oncology at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

     He is a member of multiple national scientific organizations. He is a respected author in the field of surgery with over 170 manuscripts, book chapters, and abstracts. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.