Joel A. Okoli, MD, MPH, FACS

Joel A. Okoli, MD, MPH, FACS  

Professor of Clinical Surgery

Surgery - Division of Surgical Oncology

Location: 720 Westview Dr. SW, Atlanta, GA 30310
Phone: (404) 616-1415


State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine 
Residency: General Surgery  

State of New York Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Fellowship: Endoscopy & Vascular Access

State of New York Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Fellowship: Surgical Oncology & Endoscopy 

Yale University
Degree: Doctor of Medicine 

Yale University
Master of Public Health 


Seattle University
Bachelor of Science Clinical Chemistry


Benign and malignant diseases of the breast, small and large intestine, liver, pancreas, thyroid, parathyroid, parotid glands, soft tissue tumors, melanoma, and endoscopy.

Board Certification

  • American Board of Surgery


  • Jingyao Xu1, Zerak Kabir, Kartik Aysola, Yuli Chai, Nina Wyatt, Shai Waldrip, Alexis Clark, Michelle Lee, Vaishali Reddy, Manan Shah, Eric Chang, Joel Okoli, E Shyam P Reddy and Veena N Rao* p21 WAF1/CIP1 is a Downstream target of ELK-1 Growth / Tumor Suppressor Pathway in Breast and Androgen independent Prostate Cancers Open Access Journal of Oncology and Medicine, July 30, 2021
  • Xu J., Clark A., Qin Y., McLarty, K., Lanh S., Sandhu K., Eatman D., Okoli J., Reddy S.P, Rao, V.N.
    Mechanism Based Precision Diagnostics for BRCA1-Associated TNBC. International Journal of Chronic Diseases & Therapy, 2021
  • White, B.N., Okoli, J, Dixon, J. B.,Yuan, L., Yang, S., Gabram-Mendola, S.G.A. Use of a portable infrared 3D scanning device measuring limb volume in a safety net hospital breast clinic. The Breast Journal, Feb 25, 2021
  • Binkley, J. M., Stratford, P., Kirkpatrick, S., Farley, C. R., Okoli, J. A., Gabram, S. (2018). Estimating the Reliability and Validity of the Upper Extremity Functional Index in Women After Breast Cancer Surgery. Clinical Breast Cancer / Elsevier Inc.
  • Xu, J., Shumate, C., Qin, Y., Reddy, V., Burnam, Y., Lopez, V., Okoli, J. A., Reddy, E., Rao, V. N. (2017). “A Novel Ubc9 -dependent Pathway Regulates SIRT1- ER-α Axis and BRCA1- Associated TNBC Lung Metastasis”. Integrated Molecular Medicine(2017), 4(4); 1-7.
  • Turner, J., Liasis, L., Malletzis, G., Chase, A., E. P., Okoli, J. A., Rao, V. N., Clark, C. (2017). Prognostic Impact of Lymph Node Ratio in Obstructive Colorectal Cancer. Journal of Cancer Epidemiology & Treatment.
  • Turner, J., Lampros, L., Malietzis, G., Okoli, J. A., Reddy, E., Rao, V., Chase, A., Clark, C. (2017). Prognostic impact of lymph node ration in obstructive colorectal cancer. Journal of Cancer Epidemiology & Treatment, 1(4), 8-12.
  • Lai, L., Binkley, J., Jones, V., Kirkpatrick, S., Furbish, C., Stratford, P., Thompson, W., Sidhu, A., Farley, C., Okoli, J. A., Beech, D., Gabram, S. (2016). “Implementing the Prospective Surveillance Model (PSM) of Rehabilitation for Breast Cancer Patients with 1-Year Postoperative Follow-up, a Prospective, Observational Study”. Annuals of Surgical Oncology(Ann Surg Oncol (2016) 23:3379–3384).

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Honors and Awards

  • 2019 Morehouse School of Medicine Leonard Tow Gold Humanism in Medicine Award
  • 2019 Morehouse School of Medicine Outstanding Surgery Faculty Member
  • Morehouse School of Medicine, Department of Surgery, “In honor of Outstanding Performance and Dedicated Years of Service”; Awarded at 2018 Surgery Department Graduation, Commerce Club, Atlanta, GA 
  • 2018 Morehouse School of Medicine Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award and Keynote Speaker
  • 2017 Morehouse School of Medicine, General Surgery Residency Program Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award
  • Grady Health Systems - Recognized on the 2017 “Press Ganey Superstars Board” at Grady Hospital. A patient gave a testimony stating that, “He (Dr. Okoli) is a physician, teacher, and a mentor to me---he saved my life.”
  • 2016 Morehouse School of Medicine “Surgical Program Director’s Outstanding Faculty Award,” MSM Department of Surgery
  • “Biggest Smile Award” by MD Class of 2014 for dedication to student excellence