Fola May, MD, PhD

Fola May, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Digestive Diseases
Attending Physician, Greater Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Co-Director, Global Health Education Program, UCLA Center for World Health


English, Spanish


Gastroenterology/Internal Medicine

Institutional Affiliation

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
Greater Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center



STAR Fellowship in Gastroenterology, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, 2011 - 2015


Internal Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, 2007 - 2008


PhD, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, 2015
MD, Harvard University, 2007
M Phil, University of Cambridge, 2003


Internal Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, 2008 - 2010

Board Certification

Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine, 2010

Contact Information

Clinical Interests

Colon Cancer Prevention and Screening, Community Health, Health Equity, Patient Education, Preventive Medicine

Scientific Interests

Dr. Fola May conducts research in racial and ethnic disparities in colorectal cancer screening. Her research aims to understand the barriers to screening and to develop innovations to improve uptake of screening in underserved populations. Current projects include qualitative and quantitative observational studies at UCLA Medical Center, the Greater Los Angeles Veterans Affairs and in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs).

Highlighted Publications

May FP, Yano EM, Provenzale D, Neil Steers W, Washington DL. The Association Between Primary Source of Healthcare Coverage and Colorectal Cancer Screening Among US Veterans. Dig Dis Sci. 2017 Aug;62(8):1923-1932. doi: 10.1007/s10620-017-4607-x. Epub 2017 May 20.

May FP, Glenn BA, Crespi CM, Ponce N, Spiegel BMR, Bastani R. Decreasing Black-White Disparities in Colorectal Cancer Incidence and Stage at Presentation in the United States. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2017 May;26(5):762-768. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-16-0834. Epub 2016 Dec 29.

May FP, Whitman CB, Varlyguina K, Bromley EG, Spiegel BM. Addressing Low Colorectal Cancer Screening in African Americans: Using Focus Groups to Inform the Development of Effective Interventions. J Cancer Educ. 2015 May 13. [Epub ahead of print]

May FP, Almario CV, Ponce N, Spiegel BM. Racial minorities are more likely than whites to report lack of provider recommendation for colon cancer screening. Am J Gastroenterol. 2015 Oct;110(10):1388-94. doi: 10.1038/ajg.2015.138. Epub 2015 May 12.

May FP, Bromley EG, Baek M, Yoon J, Cohen E, Lee A, Reid MW, van Oijen MG, Spiegel BM. Low uptake of colorectal cancer screening among African Americans in an integrated Veterans Affairs health care network. Gastrointest Endosc. 2014 Aug;80(2):291-8. doi: 10.1016/j.gie.2014.01.045. Epub 2014 Mar 25.