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Oluwadamilola Motunrayo Fayanju, MD, MA

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences
Campus Mail: DUMC DUMC 3513, Durham, NC 27710

Dr. Fayanju is an Assistant Professor of Surgery and Population Health Sciences in the Duke University School of Medicine, Associate Director for Disparities & Value in Healthcare with Duke Forge (the university’s center for actionable data science: https://forge.duke.edu/oluwadamilola-fayanju-md-ma-mphs), and Director of the Durham VA Breast Clinic.

She received her undergraduate degree in History and Science and an MA in Comparative Literature from Harvard. She received her MD and a master of population health sciences (MPHS) from Washington University in St. Louis, where she also completed her residency in General Surgery. She completed fellowship training in Breast Surgical Oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Her research, which is supported by an NIH K08 career development award, has 3 areas of focus: (1) addressing disparities in breast cancer presentation, treatment, outcome, and clinical trial participation; (2) improving prognostication and treatment for biologically aggressive variants of breast cancer that are often more common among racial and ethnic minorities; and (3) creating value in oncologic care, especially through the collection and application of patient-reported outcomes.

She is active in several national organizations, currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Surgical Outcomes Club and on various committees including the Breast, Cancer Care Delivery, and Health Disparities Committees for the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology; the Patient-reported Outcomes, Patient Safety and Quality, and Publications Committees for the American Society of Breast Surgeons (ASBrS); the Nominating and Program Committees for the Association for Academic Surgery (AAS); the Women in Surgery Committee for the Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS); and the Locoregional and Patient-reported Outcomes Committees for the Translational Breast Cancer Research Consortium (TBCRC).

Education and Training

  • Breast Surgical Oncology Fellow, Surgery, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, 2015 - 2016
  • General Surgery Resident, Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, 2007 - 2015
  • MPHS, Washington University School of Medicine, 2011
  • M.D., Washington University School of Medicine, 2007
  • M.A., Harvard University , 2001
  • A.B., Harvard University , 2001

Publications

Rhodin, Kristen E., Cierra S. Hong, Lindsey A. Olivere, Elizabeth P. Howell, Vinay K. Giri, Kurren A. Mehta, Taofik Oyekunle, et al. “Implementation of a Surgical Oncology Disparities Curriculum for Preclinical Medical Students.” J Surg Res 253 (May 4, 2020): 214–23. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jss.2020.03.058.

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Fayanju, Oluwadamilola M., Yi Ren, Samantha M. Thomas, Rachel A. Greenup, Terry Hyslop, E Shelley Hwang, and John H. Stewart. “A Case-Control Study Examining Disparities in Clinical Trial Participation Among Breast Surgical Oncology Patients.” Jnci Cancer Spectr 4, no. 2 (April 2020): pkz103. https://doi.org/10.1093/jncics/pkz103.

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Bowen, Deborah J., Eileen H. Shinn, Sophie Gregrowski, Gretchen Kimmick, Laura S. Dominici, Elizabeth S. Frank, Karen Lisa Smith, et al. “Patient-reported outcomes in the Translational Breast Cancer Research Consortium.” Cancer 126, no. 5 (March 1, 2020): 922–30. https://doi.org/10.1002/cncr.32615.

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Rosenberger, Laura H., Yi Ren, Samantha M. Thomas, Rachel A. Greenup, Oluwadamilola M. Fayanju, E Shelley Hwang, and Jennifer K. Plichta. “Axillary lymph node dissection in node-positive breast cancer: are ten nodes adequate and when is enough, enough?” In Breast Cancer Res Treat, 179:661–70, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10549-019-05500-9.

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Plichta, Jennifer K., Samantha M. Thomas, Rebecca Vernon, Oluwadamilola M. Fayanju, Laura H. Rosenberger, Terry Hyslop, E Shelley Hwang, and Rachel A. Greenup. “Breast cancer tumor histopathology, stage at presentation, and treatment in the extremes of age.” In Breast Cancer Res Treat, 180:227–35, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10549-020-05542-4.

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Fayanju, Oluwadamilola M., Yi Ren, Rachel A. Greenup, Jennifer K. Plichta, Laura H. Rosenberger, Jeremy Force, Gita Suneja, et al. “Extent of axillary surgery in inflammatory breast cancer: a survival analysis of 3500 patients.” Breast Cancer Res Treat 180, no. 1 (February 2020): 207–17. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10549-020-05529-1.

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Fayanju, Oluwadamilola M., Yi Ren, Gita Suneja, Samantha M. Thomas, Rachel A. Greenup, Jennifer K. Plichta, Laura H. Rosenberger, Jeremy Force, Terry Hyslop, and E Shelley Hwang. “Nodal Response to Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy Predicts Receipt of Radiation Therapy After Breast Cancer Diagnosis.” Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 106, no. 2 (February 1, 2020): 377–89. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijrobp.2019.10.039.

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Plichta, Jennifer K., Yi Ren, Samantha M. Thomas, Rachel A. Greenup, Oluwadamilola M. Fayanju, Laura H. Rosenberger, Terry Hyslop, and E Shelley Hwang. “Implications for Breast Cancer Restaging Based on the 8th Edition AJCC Staging Manual.” Ann Surg 271, no. 1 (January 2020): 169–76. https://doi.org/10.1097/SLA.0000000000003071.

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Landercasper, Jeffrey, Andrew J. Borgert, Oluwadamilola M. Fayanju, Hiram Cody, Sheldon Feldman, Caprice Greenberg, Jared Linebarger, Barbara Pockaj, and Lee Wilke. “Correction to: Factors Associated with Reoperation in Breast-Conserving Surgery for Cancer: A Prospective Study of American Society of Breast Surgeon Members.” Ann Surg Oncol 26, no. Suppl 3 (December 2019): 891. https://doi.org/10.1245/s10434-019-07799-6.

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