Gastrointestinal surgeon named NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn's chief of surgery 

New York City-based NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn named Akuezunkpa O. Ude Welcome, MD, chief of the department of surgery, the hospital said Nov. 19. 

Dr. Ude Welcome is a bariatric and minimally invasive gastrointestinal surgeon who has spent 11 years in departments of surgery at NYU Langone Health and NYC Health + Hospitals-Bellevue. Last year alone, she completed 500 bariatric procedures, 20 percent of which were done robotically. 

Most recently, she served as associate program director for the hospitals' joint general surgery residency. She will continue as an assistant professor of surgery at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. 

In her new role, Dr. Ude Welcome will focus on expanding the hospital's bariatrics program and increasing access and volume of critical surgical services.

Before coming to NYU, she spent five years as an assistant professor of surgery at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University.

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