Principal Investigator

Folasade P. May, MD, PhD, MPhil

Folasade P. May, MD, PhD, MPhil

  • Associate Professor of Medicine, Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases
  • Director, Melvin and Bren Simon Gastroenterology Quality Improvement Program
  • Associate Director, UCLA Specialty Training and Advanced Research Program
  • David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
  • Associate Director, UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity in the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center

Dr. May graduated cum laude from Yale University with a degree in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology. After college, she attended the University of Cambridge to study epidemiology and international health, earning a master’s of philosophy in epidemiology before returning to the U.S. to attend Harvard Medical School. She completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and remained at MGH for one year as a hospitalist and clinical educator in the Department of Medicine Academic Medicine Quality Program and as manager of Trainee Affairs for the MGH Multicultural Affairs Office.

Dr. May came to UCLA in 2011 to begin her gastroenterology fellowship and was part of the UCLA Specialty Training and Advanced Research (STAR) program. During her fellowship, she earned a PhD in health policy and management from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Her doctoral dissertation addressed Black-White disparities in colorectal cancer incidence, screening and outcomes.

Upon completing her GI fellowship, Dr. May joined the digestive diseases faculty at UCLA with a dual appointment in the Veterans Affairs. She is the director of the May Laboratory, which engages in health services research and quality improvement related to population health, preventive health, and health disparities at UCLA Health, in Federally Qualified Health Centers (community health centers), and in the Veterans Affairs. Research spans several areas from the epidemiology of disease and disease risk factors to implementation science to improve disease outcomes. As director of the Melvin and Bren Simon Gastroenterology Quality Improvement Program, Dr. May also oversees a portfolio of quality improvement projects at UCLA Health to improve the quality of care for UCLA Health patients with gastrointestinal and liver conditions. Dr. May is passionate about improving awareness about preventive health and health equity and is involved in advocacy at the state and national level to develop and encourage policy to improve healthcare delivery. She has received numerous local and national awards for her research, community engagement and advocacy, including recognition from the American Cancer Society, National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, American College of Gastroenterology, and American Gastroenterological Association, and the Biden Cancer Moonshot. Her research is funded by the National Institutes of Health/National Cancer Institute, Tobacco Related Disease Research Program, Broad Stem Cell Research Center, and Stand Up to Cancer.  

Dr. May is a member of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (JCCC) and an associate director of the UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity. She is also an assistant director for the UCLA STAR Program and the director of grants for the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine Global Health Program. 

Current Lab Members

Brandon Smith

Brandon C. Smith, MD

GI Quality Improvement Scholar

Dr. Smith graduated from Harvard College with a degree in human evolutionary biology and a citation in Spanish language. Following his undergraduate studies, he worked for an agricultural development nonprofit in rural Tanzania. He then returned to complete his medical degree at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He completed his internal medicine residency training at UCLA in 2022 and served as a chief resident for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Jessica Tuan, MPH

Jessica Tuan, MPH

Research and Project Coordinator

Jessica earned a bachelor of science degree in public health at the University of Washington, and continued her education at UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health where she earned a master of public health degree. As part of UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity, she manages multiple research projects focused on increasing colorectal cancer screening and eliminating health disparities in Federally Qualified Health Centers.

Jayraan Badiee, MPH

Jayraan Badiee, MPH

Statistician

Jayraan joins the Vatche & Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases from the trauma service at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, where she was a research epidemiologist with the trauma research team. Her areas of interest included traumatic DVT/PE, DVT prophylaxis, and related injury patterns, multi-center research, and statewide patterns of traumatic injury and surgical intervention. She collaborated closely with general surgery residents to complete research projects.

Jenna Alarcon, MPH, CHES

Jenna Alarcon, MPH, CHES

Project Coordinator

Jenna received a BS in public health from CSU Dominguez Hills & an MPH from UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health. She was study coordinator in the Division of Infectious Diseases at LA Biomedical Research Institute & also worked at the Center of Culture, Trauma and Mental Health Disparities under Dr. Gail Wyatt on HIV/HIV prevention projects. Jenna is now the project coordinator for the colorectal polyp surveillance study to improve CRC surveillance at UCLA Health.

Miriam Dvorsky

Miriam Dvorsky

Clinical Trials Coordinator

Miriam manages the Colorectal Cancer Prevention NRG Oncology clinical trial, FORTE. Prior to joining the May Lab, she coordinated clinical trials for the UCLA Center for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. She feels working in clinical research gives her a unique opportunity to make a real difference in people's lives.

Sadie R. De Silva, MD

Sadie De Silva, MD

Hospitalist and Researcher

Dr. De Silva did her undergraduate studies at the University of Southern California, her master’s in pharmacology at Tulane University School of Medicine and her medical degree at St. George’s University School of Medicine. She completed her internal medicine residency at UHS Southern California Medical Education Consortium in Temecula, California. Her areas of interest include colorectal cancer prevention, the interplay between inpatient and outpatient practice and quality improvement.

Megan McLeod, MD

Megan McLeod, MD, MSCR

GI Fellow

Dr. McLeod earned her undergraduate degree in biology and Spanish at Kalamazoo College and, after working in Dr. Kathleen Collins’ HIV lab for two years, went on to earn her MD from the University of Michigan. She earned a master of science in clinical research from the University of Michigan’s Rackham graduate school. She graduated from her internal medicine residency at UCLA in June 2023.

Anthony Myint, MD

Anthony Myint, MD

GI Fellow

Dr. Myint earned a bachelor of science in biochemistry at Brown University, continued his education at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California where he earned his medical degree, and recently graduated from the UCLA internal medicine residency program. He also worked under the mentorship of Dr. May as the Melvin and Bren Simon GI Quality Improvement Scholar for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Devin B. Patel, MD

Devin B. Patel, MD

GI Fellow

Dr. Patel graduated magna cum laude from the University of Scranton with a bachelor of science in biochemistry, cell and molecular biology. He attended medical school at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University and completed his internal medicine residency at Cedars-Sinai where he served as a chief resident. His research interests include improving adherence to quality indicators in colonoscopy by leveraging artificial intelligence and EHR in health systems. 

Camille Soroudi, MD

Camille Soroudi, MD

GI Fellow

Dr. Soroudi graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a bachelor of science in molecular & cellular biology. She earned her medical degree and completed her residency in internal medicine at UCLA. She is currently a fellow in gastroenterology at UCLA and previously worked under Dr. May as the Melvin and Bren Simon GI Quality Improvement Scholar from 2020-2021. She continues her research in quality improvement, with particular interests in machine learning and colon cancer screening.

Eileen Bui, MD

Aileen Bui, MD

GI Fellow, USC

Dr. Bui graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor of arts in human biology. She attended medical school at Brown University and is currently a resident in Internal Medicine at UCLA. Her research interests include understanding health care disparities and improving delivery of care in underserved populations with a focus on chronic liver disease.

Dr. Olivia J. Jordan

Olivia J. Jordan, MD

Nutrition Fellow

Dr. Jordan earned her BA in cognitive psychology from Washington University/St. Louis. After working two years under Dr. Janet McGill in clinical diabetes research, she attended medical school at The University of Chicago. She will complete her internal medicine residency at UCLA in June 2023. Her research interests included improving access to care in underserved communities with a focus on colorectal cancer screening uptake and completion of colonoscopy after positive stool-based testing.

Amarachi Erondu, MD, MS

Amarachi Erondu, MD, MS

Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Resident Reseacher

Dr. Erondu earned her BA in human evolutionary biology from Harvard College. She then worked as a QI researcher in the Enteral Tube Program at Boston Children's Hospital. She received her MD and MS in biomedical informatics from the University of Chicago. Her research interests include improving the transition from pediatric to adult subspecialty care for patients with chronic medical conditions and utilizing electronic health record data to both identify and address healthcare disparities.

Jaime O. Yang, MD

Jaime O. Yang, MD

Internal Medicine Resident Researcher

Dr. Yang graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a bachelor in science in biology and a minor in biomedical engineering. She attended medical school at University of California Los Angeles and is currently a resident in internal medicine at UCLA. Her research interests include investigating how to leverage technology and artificial intelligence in helping deliver high quality healthcare

Bethlehem Michael

Bethlehem Michael, MD/MPH Candidate

Medical Student Researcher

Bethlehem is a fourth-year medical student (Class of 2025) through the dual-degree Program in Medical Education-Leadership and Advocacy (PRIME-LA) at DGSOM. She obtained her bachelor's degree in biochemistry and a minor in global health from UCLA (Class of 2019). She will be pursuing a master's degree in health policy and management from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health this upcoming year. 

Matthew Zhao

Matthew Zhao

Medical Student Researcher

Matthew is a fourth-year medical student at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He earned a BS in chemistry from New York University. Prior to medical school, he was a study coordinator at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. His research interests include understanding healthcare disparities and investigating colorectal cancer screening at Federally Qualified Health Centers.

Vivian Chang

Vivian Chang

Undergraduate Researcher

Vivian is a fourth-year undergraduate at UCLA studying psychology (Class of 2024). She hopes to pursue a career in the medical field working with underserved, immigrant, and low-income populations. Her areas of interest include psychology, nutrition, healthcare disparities, and quality improvement.


Former Lab Members (Onward to Pursue Their Dreams)

  • Elizabeth (Lizzie) Aby, MD
  • Janet Adeola, MS, MPH, MD Candidate
  • Omar Bakr, MD
  • Frank Chen, MD
  • Edgar Corona, MPH, MD, MSIV
  • Mayte Cruz, MPP
  • Vivy T. Cusumano, MD
  • Sadie De Silva, MD
  • Dean Ehrlich, MD
  • Artin Galoosian, MD, MS
  • Natalia Garcia Peñaloza, BS, MD Candidate
  • Shailavi Jain, MD
  • Kara Faktor, BS, MD Candidate
  • Lotte Keikes, MD
  • Bao Sean H. Nguyen, MD
  • Fiona Obiezu, MS, MD, Candidate
  • Diana Partida, MD
  • Tina Roosta Storage, MD
  • Omar Viramontes, MD
  • Liu Yang, MD, MPH
  • Christine Yu, MD