Akuezunkpa O. Ude Welcome, MD, a renowned bariatric and minimally invasive gastrointestinal surgeon, has been named chief of surgery at NYU Langone Hospital–Brooklyn. Dr. Ude Welcome has been an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery at NYU Grossman School of Medicine for eleven years. After working in the field of surgery at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue for 11 years, she relocated to Brooklyn to become an associate program director at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. She was also the director of Bellevue’s General Surgery Residency in Manhattan.
As the new chief of surgery Dr. Ude Welcome will focus on a variety of priorities which include expanding bariatric surgery services in the Weight Management Program at NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn, and expanding the accessibility and quantity of crucial surgical services.
Recent high-profile appointments in the fields of trauma care, surgical critical care, and acute care surgery are expected to result in an increase in academic productivity and research output by expanding the scope of education for medical student education as well as residency training.
She is also preparing to take on more elective cases in 2022 for the acute care team.
Dr. Ude welcome brings extensive surgical expertise and extensive surgical experience to Brooklyn. She is an outstanding professional who’s leadership skills will raise all surgical departments and provide compassionate and expert patient care.”
Robert Montgomery, MD. DPhil. The H. Leon Pachter MD Professor of Surgery and Chair of the Department of Surgery at NYU Grossman School of Medicine
With years of experience as a teacher of surgical residents, Dr. Ude Welcome is seeking to bring exceptional residents to the Brooklyn campus, specifically those who are interested in projects that focus on access to healthcare and equity in healthcare, as well as the elimination of health disparities. The residents will be expected to demonstrate resiliency and the desire to collaborate with one of the largest patient populations in the city.
Dr. Ude welcome is one of the surgeons in Brooklyn who can perform large volumes of robotic bariatric surgery. She has performed thousands of bariatric procedures in her professional career. Last year alone completed 500 such procedures, with 20 percent of these surgeries being performed robotically. Robotic bariatric surgery is an incredibly growing area and, similarly to laparoscopic surgery, provides great benefits to patients including reduced pain and scarring, shorter hospital stays, fewer wound complications, and lower infection rates. It allows surgeons to perform bariatric revisional surgeries with lower blood volumes and less problems. It also is ergonomically beneficial for surgeons, as they experience much less fatigue of the muscles.
“Dr. Ude Welcome is an outstanding addition to the NYU Langone Hospital–Brooklyn leadership team,” says Bret J. Rudy, MD, senior vice president and chief of hospital operations at NYU Langone Hospital -Brooklyn. Dr. Ude welcome brings to Brooklyn her expertise as surgeon, educator and administrator. Under her direction the department will thrive and rise to new heights.
Dr. Ude welcome places a significant value on patient care and acknowledges the Brooklyn staff for their dedication and sacrifice in times of extreme stress.
Dr. Ude welcome says, “We have a singular goal to provide really great treatment to patients in our community.” “It’s essential to inform patients what to expect. They will often come to us in times when they are in distress. My role is to lead them along the path they are most likely to follow, to warn them of possible risks, and to reassure them should those contingencies occur.”
About Dr. Ude Welcome
Dr. Ude welcome was the surgical skills lab director at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine for six years. Before coming to NYU Langone, she spent five years as an assistant professor of surgery at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University and served during two of those years as the surgical clerkship director at Columbia University.
Dr. Ude welcome holds a bachelor’s in government from Harvard University. She also graduated as a cum laude at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She completed her general surgery residency at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital Columbia University and was an advanced laparoscopy fellow at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University.
In 2004, she was awarded the Association of Women Surgeons Merit Award. For six years, she served on the admissions committee executive at NYU Grossman School of Medicine.
“I want to be a part of an environment where I believe I can make a difference,” she says. “I believe we can broaden the scope and depth of care we can offer the Brooklyn community.”
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