September 10, 2019 — Gastroenterologist Nneoma Olivia Okoronkwo, MD, has joined the Englewood Health Physician Network and Englewood Hospital. Dr. Okoronkwo’s clinical interests include gastroesophageal cancer prevention and screening, colon and rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, liver cancer, and preventative health. She joins Englewood Health Physician Network – HVA Medical Group (Heart and Vascular Associates of Northern Jersey) and welcomes new patients to her practice locations in Fair Lawn, Pompton Plains and Ramsey.
“In my practice, I am dedicated to improving survival and quality of life for patients with colorectal and liver cancers and other complex gastrointestinal conditions,” says Dr. Okoronkwo. “During my training, I was privileged to participate in research on prevalence and predictors of survival for different groups, including African Americans, Hispanics, veterans, women, the elderly, and the obese. With this background, I am committed to caring for my patients using best practices, advanced technical skills, and knowledge of the latest research.”
Adds Dr. Okoronkwo, “I am proud to join the Englewood Health Physician Network, where my passion for reducing colorectal cancers and improving outcomes for patients from diverse backgrounds fits in with an experienced team of specialists dedicated to GI disease. In particular, using Englewood’s shared electronic medical record will help us to improve care for patients throughout our community.”
Board certified in internal medicine and board eligible in gastroenterology, Dr. Okoronkwo received her MD from Howard University College of Medicine. While in medical school, she volunteered at the New Freedmen’s Clinic, in Washington, DC, helping to provide free medical care for uninsured and underinsured patients. She did an internal medicine residency, during which she was chief resident, as well as a gastroenterology fellowship, at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.
Dr. Okoronkwo is a member of the American College of Gastroenterology, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the American Gastroenterological Association, and the Africa Network for Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases—a group of GI providers with an African heritage working to improve care in Africa. Additionally, she is a co-author on more than a dozen scientific publications, including clinical research published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, Gastroenterology, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and the Journal of Clinical and Translational Hepatology.