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 Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity in the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
Assistant Director, UCLA Specialty Training and Advanced Research Program
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA [maybe cut this one unless required]
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 research funding from 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
Sadie De Silva, MD
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.
Jayraan Badiee, MPH
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.
Mayte Cruz, MPP
Mayte received her master of public policy degree and her bachelor’s degree in international development studies and Spanish from the University of California – Los Angeles. Mayte is currently working with Dr. Fola May in identifying and removing barriers to colon cancer screening within federally qualified health centers in South Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley.
Anthony Myint, MD
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.
Vivy Cusumano, MD
Dr. Cusumano graduated from the University of California Los Angeles with a bachelor of science in biology. She then attended medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine where she pursued global health research to study health care disparities in Ethiopia and recently completed her internal medicine residency at UCLA Medical Center. Her research interests include improving utilization of preventative healthcare services, and specifically increasing rates of colon cancer screening.
Lotte Keikes, MD
Dr. Keikes received her medical degree in 2013 and started her PhD project three years ago at the University of Amsterdam. During her years of research, she developed special interest in big-data patient cohorts and the implementation of quality improvement projects. Her research focuses on practice variation and decision support for patients with colorectal cancer.
Eileen Bui, MD
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.
Bao Sean H Nguyen, MD
Dr. Nguyen graduated from UCLA with a degree in physiology and a minor in global studies, attended medical school at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, and currently works as an internal medicine resident at UCLA. Under Dr. May's mentorship, his research interests include health systems optimization in gastroenterology, with a focus on high risk colon polyp surveillance.
Janet Adeola, MS, MPH, MD Candidate
Janet is a second-year medical student at the Charles R. Drew/David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She earned a BS in neurobiology/physiology and behavioral/community health from The University of Maryland College Park. She also completed a post-baccalaureate program at the Johns Hopkins University and earned an MPH from the George Washington University.
Kara Faktor, BS, MD Candidate
Kara is a third-year medical student at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She earned a bachelor of science in neuroscience, biology, and Spanish from Brandeis University and then spent a year pursuing public health research in Honduras through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. The project investigated the alignment of NGO interventions with community health needs as well as the degree to which United States physicians are prepared to work in low-resource settings.
Natalia Garcia Peñaloza, BS, MD Candidate
Natalia is a third-year medical student at the Charles R. Drew/David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She earned her BS in biology with a minor in Latina/o studies at San Francisco State University and completed a post-baccalaureate program at UC Davis School of Medicine. Under Dr. May’s direction, Natalia is working on examining the impact of pre-procedure COVID- 19 testing at UCLA Health centers, as well as identifying barriers to colon cancer screening in the San Fernando Valley.
Fiona Obiezu, MS, MD Candidate
Fiona received her BS in health promotion and disease prevention followed by an MS in global medicine at the University of Southern California (USC). Fiona is currently attending the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA as a medical school candidate for 2023. During her time as an undergraduate in USC, Fiona worked as a research assistant in the molecular computational biology field focused on autoimmune disease, Myasthenia Gravis (MG).
Former Lab Members
- Elizabeth (Lizzie) Aby, MD
- Omar Bakr, MD
- Frank Chen, MD
- Edgar Corona, MPH, MD, MSIV
- Dean Ehrlich, MD
- Artin Galoosian, MD, MS
- Diana Partida, MD
- Camille Soroudi, MD
- Tina Roosta Storage, MD
- Omar Viramontes, MD
- Liu Yang, MD, MPH
- Christina Yu, MD