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Ijeoma Acholonu Ejeh




Aug 2007 – present          Medical staff/ Attending Surgeon, Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, Fayetteville, NC

July 2012 – present           Medical Director, Cape Fear Valley Wound Care Center

Oct 2010 – present            Chief of General Surgery, Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, Fayetteville, NC

Oct 2009 – Oct 2010         Chief of Bariatric Surgery, Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, Fayetteville, NC

Aug 2003 – Nov 2007      Medical staff/ Attending Surgeon, Atlanta Medical Center, Atlanta, Georgia

Aug 2003 – Nov 2007      Medical staff/ Attending Surgeon, Emory Crawford Long Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia


Sep 2014—present           Cape Fear Valley Ferncreek General Surgery

                                                Fayetteville, NC 


--July 2014                           Paul M. Carter, MD, PA

                                                Fayetteville, NC                                         


Nov 2004 – May 2005     General & Bariatric Surgeon, Regional Hospital of Jackson, Jackson, TN


Aug 2002 – Aug 2003      Laparoscopic/ Bariatrics Surgery Fellowship, Atlanta Medical Center, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia

Jul 1999 – July 2003         Howard University Hospital Surgical Residency, Washington, DC

July 1997 – June 1999      Transplantation Research Fellow, Institute of Cellular Therapeutics, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY

Jul 1995 – June 1997        Howard University Hospital Surgical Internship & Residency, Washington, DC

Jul 1994 – June 1995        St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Surgical Internship, New York, NY

Sep 1990 – May 1994      Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons, MD degree

Activities:      Columbia College Today Class Columnist, 1990-1992

                                                            Evaluator for the Higher Achievement Program

                                                            Black & Latin Students Organization

                                                            Orientation 1991 Coordinator

Sep 1986 – May 1990      Columbia University, BA, Biology

                                                Activities:      Varsity and Intramural Volleyball

                                                            Residence Counselor

                                                            Student Advisor

                                                            Drug and Alcohol Peer Educator

                                                            Charles Drew Premedical Society

1.  NIH Supplemental Grant 1997 – 1999, adjunct to an R01 NIH grant
2.  National Medical Association, Surgical Section, oral presentation. Third-place Basic Science award, 1999

3.  Aventis Residents Award, 1999, grant to a national conference

4.  Kluge Summer Research Scholarship, 1989, Columbia University

5.  Bolmfalk Scholarship, 1991-1994, academic achievement award, Columbia University




1.   Duncan, TD, Rashid, Q., Speights, F, Ejeh, IA. Endoscopic Thyroidectomy: An Alternative to Traditional Open Thyroidectomy, JNMA 101 (8): Aug 2009; 783 – 787.

2.   Duncan, TD, Ejeh, IA, Speights, F. et al.  Endoscopic Transaxillary Near Total Thyroidectomy: JSLS 2006; 10:206 - 211.

3.   Acholonu, I, Ildstad, ST.  The role of bone marrow transplant in tolerance: organ-specific and cellular grafts. Current Opinion in Organ Transplant 1999: 4(3): 189-196.

4.   Exner, BG, Acholonu, IN, Bergheim, M, Mueller, YM, Ildstad, ST.  Mixed allogeneic chimerism to induce tolerance to solid organ and cellular grafts.  Acta Hematologica 1999; 101(2): 78-81.

5.   Exner, BG, Acholonu, I, Ildstad, ST. Hematopoietic chimerism, tolerance induction and graft-versus-host disease: considerations for composite tissue transfer.  Transplant Proceedings. 1998 Sep 30(6): 2718-20.

6.   Acholonu, I., Odocha, O.  Immunobiology of Transplantation for the Surgeon. National Medical Association News (Surgical Section) 1996; 11(1): 7-9.




1.  “Surgical Management of Obese Women: the laparoscopic approach” 18th Annual WF Bernell James, MD Symposium in Obstetrics & Gynecology, Meharry Medical Center, Nashville, TN April7, 2006.

2.  “Management of Morbid Obesity” Volunteer State Medical Association Annual Convention, Tunica, MS June 2005.

3.  “Ultrasound Guided Pre-operative Localization of the Thyroid Gland as a Tool for Endoscopic Axillary Thyroidectomy and Parathyroidectomy,” Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 2005 (poster presentation).

4.  4. “Endoscopic Parathyroidectomy and Thryoidectomy Using the Axillary   Approach: A Viable Alternative to the Open Approach,” Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, Denver, Colorado 2004 (poster presentation).

5. “The Problem of Obesity,” Annual Women’s Health Summit, Georgia Department of Women’s Health, Augusta, Georgia, September 13, 2002

6. abTCR+ cells and FC are critical to engraftment of donor marrow in nonobese diabetic mice,” National Medical Association Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada 1999 (oral presentation)

7.  7. “abTCR+ cells and FC are critical to engraftment of donor marrow in nonobese diabetic mice,” American Society of Transplant Surgeons, Chicago, Illinois 1999 (poster presentation)

8.  “Local recurrence after breast conserving therapy,” July 2001, Howard University Hospital, Washington, DC.

9.  “Update on the use of laparoscopy in colon & rectal cancer,” March 2001, INOVA Fairfax Hospital, Fairfax, Virginia

10.            Surgical Diseases of the Spleen,” February 1997, Greater     Southeast Medical Center, Washington, DC


CERTIFICATIONS     Certified by the American Board of Surgery


MEMBERSHIPS       American College of Surgeons, Fellow

                                    American Society of Metabolic & Bariatric Surgeons

                                    Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons

                                    Association of Women Surgeons


PERSONAL                Fluent in Spanish; married with 3 children; hobbies- reading, volleyball and rollerblading

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