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Oluwadamilola Motunrayo Fayanju, MD, MA, MPHS

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

Dr. Fayanju is an Associate 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:, 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 (PROs). Her scholarship has been published in a variety of journals including Annals of Surgery, Cancer, and JAMA.

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
  • M.P.H.S., Washington University School of Medicine, 2011
  • M.D., Washington University School of Medicine, 2007
  • M.A., Harvard University , 2001
  • A.B., Harvard University , 2001


Rosenberger, Laura H., Samantha M. Thomas, Jennifer K. Plichta, Oluwadamilola M. Fayanju, Terry Hyslop, Rachel A. Greenup, and E Shelley Hwang. “Decreasing rates of axillary lymph node dissections over time: Implications for surgical resident exposure and operative skills development.” In Am J Surg, 218:786–91, 2019.

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Olivere, Lindsey A., Kristen E. Rhodin, Cierra Hong, Taofik Oyekunle, Elizabeth Howell, Vinay K. Giri, Kurren Mehta, Betty C. Tong, Julie A. Sosa, and Oluwadamilola M. Fayanju. “Educational Outcomes of a Pre-Clinical Medical Student Curriculum with Medicaid and Uninsured Surgical Oncology Patients.” In Journal of the American College of Surgeons, 229:S241–S241. ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC, 2019.


Landercasper, Jeffrey, Andrew J. Borgert, Oluwadamilola M. Fayanju, Hiram Cody, Sheldon Feldman, Caprice Greenberg, Jared Linebarger, Barbara Pockaj, and Lee Wilke. “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. 10 (October 2019): 3321–36.

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Thornton, M. J., H. V. Williamson, K. E. Westbrook, R. A. Greenup, J. K. Plichta, L. H. Rosenberger, A. M. Gupta, T. Hyslop, E. S. Hwang, and O. M. Fayanju. “Neoadjuvant Endocrine Therapy Versus Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy in Node-Positive Invasive Lobular Carcinoma.” In Ann Surg Oncol, 26:3166–77, 2019.

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Fayanju, Oluwadamilola M., and Hannah V. Williamson. “Response to Letter to the Editor: "The impact of chemotherapy sequence on survival in node-positive invasive lobular carcinoma".” J Surg Oncol 120, no. 3 (September 2019): 566.

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Fayanju, Oluwadamilola M., Karine Yenokyan, Yi Ren, Benjamin A. Goldstein, Ilona Stashko, Steve Power, Madeline J. Thornton, P Kelly Marcom, and E Shelley Hwang. “The effect of treatment on patient-reported distress after breast cancer diagnosis.” Cancer 125, no. 17 (September 1, 2019): 3040–49.

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Sergesketter, Amanda R., Samantha M. Thomas, Oluwadamilola M. Fayanju, Carolyn S. Menendez, Laura H. Rosenberger, Rachel A. Greenup, Terry Hyslop, Edgardo R. Parrilla Castellar, E Shelley Hwang, and Jennifer K. Plichta. “The Influence of Age on the Histopathology and Prognosis of Atypical Breast Lesions.” J Surg Res 241 (September 2019): 188–98.

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Tamirisa, Nina, Hannah V. Williamson, Samantha M. Thomas, Kelly E. Westbrook, Rachel A. Greenup, Jennifer K. Plichta, Laura H. Rosenberger, Terry Hyslop, Eun-Sil Shelley Hwang, and Oluwadamilola M. Fayanju. “The impact of chemotherapy sequence on survival in node-positive invasive lobular carcinoma.” J Surg Oncol 120, no. 2 (August 2019): 132–41.

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Sergesketter, Amanda R., Samantha M. Thomas, Whitney O. Lane, Jonah P. Orr, Ronnie L. Shammas, Oluwadamilola M. Fayanju, Rachel A. Greenup, and Scott T. Hollenbeck. “Decline in Racial Disparities in Postmastectomy Breast Reconstruction: A Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Analysis from 1998 to 2014.” Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 143, no. 6 (June 2019): 1560–70.

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Lane, Whitney O., Samantha M. Thomas, Rachel C. Blitzblau, Jennifer K. Plichta, Laura H. Rosenberger, Oluwadamilola M. Fayanju, Terry Hyslop, E Shelley Hwang, and Rachel A. Greenup. “Surgical Resection of the Primary Tumor in Women With De Novo Stage IV Breast Cancer: Contemporary Practice Patterns and Survival Analysis.” Annals of Surgery 269, no. 3 (March 2019): 537–44.

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