ONEkuezunkpa O. Ude Welcome, MD, a renowned bariatric and minimally invasive gastrointestinal surgeon, has been named chief operating officer at NYU Langone Hospital — Brooklyn. Dr. Ude Welcome has been an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine for 11 years. She comes to Brooklyn after practicing surgery at NYC Health + Hospitals / Bellevue, most recently as associate program director for the NYU Grossman School of Medicine and Bellevue’s Joint General Surgery Residency in Manhattan.
As the new chief of operations, Dr. Ude Welcome focuses on several priorities, including expanding bariatric surgery services on the weight management program at NYU Langone Hospital — Brooklyn and increasing access to and volume of critical surgical services.
Recent high-profile appointments in trauma care, surgical critical care, and emergency surgery are expected to lead to increased academic productivity and research results by expanding the educational footprint of medical students’ residency and residency training.
She is also preparing several elective cases for the emergency surgery team in 2022.
“Dr. Ude Welcome brings a breadth and depth of extensive surgical experience to Brooklyn,” said Robert Montgomery, MD, DPhil, H. Leon Pachter, MD, professor of surgery and chairman of the Department of Surgery at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. She is a accomplished professional whose leadership qualities will elevate the work of the entire surgical department and provide expert and compassionate patient care. “
With extensive experience as a mentor for surgical residents, Dr. Out Welcome to attract outstanding residents to the Brooklyn campus, especially those interested in projects related to access to health care, equality in health care, and elimination of health inequalities. These residents are expected to show resilience and desire to work with one of the most diverse patient groups in the city.
Dr. Ude Welcome is one of the few surgeons in Brooklyn who performs a large amount of robotic bariatric procedures. She has performed thousands of bariatric procedures in her career and last year alone performed 500 such procedures, in which 20 percent of these surgeries were performed robotically. Robotic bariatric surgery is a rapidly growing field, and like laparoscopic surgery, it 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 revision surgery with lower blood volume and fewer complications. It is also ergonomically advantageous for surgeons as they experience much less muscle fatigue.
“Dr. Ude Welcome is a great addition to NYU Langone Hospital — Brooklyn’s management team,” said Bret J. Rudy, MD, senior vice president and chief operating officer of NYU Langone Hospital — Brooklyn. Ude Welcome’s expertise as a skilled surgeon, educator and administrative manager to Brooklyn. The department will thrive and reach new heights under her leadership. ”
Dr. Ude Welcome emphasizes patient care and recognizes Brooklyn staff for their hard work and sacrifice in a time of unprecedented stress.
“We have a unique vision of providing really good care to patients in the community,” says Dr. Ude Welcome. “It is important to explain to patients what to expect. Most of the time, they come to us in times of need. My job is to guide them down the path they are most likely to follow, to warn them of unforeseen events, and to reassure them if those events occur. “
About Dr. Out Welcome
For six years, Dr. Ude Welcome as Laboratory Director of Surgical Skills at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. Before coming to NYU Langone, she spent five years as an assistant professor of surgery at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University and served for two of those years as an operations director at Columbia University.
Dr. Ude Welcome holds a bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard University, where she graduated cum laude, and a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She completed her residency in general surgery at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University, and was also an advanced laparoscopy fellow at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University.
She received the Association of Women Surgeons Merit Award in 2004 and in 2014. For six years, she served on the Executive Admissions Committee of the NYU Grossman School of Medicine.
“I want to be part of an environment where I feel like I can really make a difference,” she says. “I believe we can increase the breadth and depth of care that we can offer the Brooklyn community.”