Folasade P. May, MD, PhD, MPhil
Director, Melvin and Bren Simon Gastroenterology Quality Improvement Program
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases
UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
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 the 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, a health services and clinical research team that engages in 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 fields from the epidemiology of disease and disease risk factors to implementation science to improve disease prevention and early detection of cancer. As director of the Melvin and Bren Simon Gastroenterology Quality Improvement Program, Dr. May also oversees a portfolio of quality improvement projects at UCLA to improve the quality of care for UCLA Health patients with gastrointestinal conditions.
Dr. May is a member of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (JCCC) and researcher at the UCLA Center for Cancer Prevention Control Research (CPCR) and UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity. She is also an assistant director for the UCLA STAR Program and the director of grants and postgraduate research for the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine Global Health Program. She has participated in global health programs in Costa Rica, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Malawi and Tanzania.
Liu Yang, MD, MPH
Dr. Yang completed a combined eight-year BM/MD program and finished her obstetrics and gynecology residency at Peking University Health Science Center. She conducted prognostic studies and translational studies investigating the clinical implications of cancer stem cells in gynecological malignancies. She worked at the Medical Division of Roche Pharmaceuticals specializing in breast cancer. After engaging in clinical trials and shifting focus to quantitative research methods, Dr. Yang attended UCLA and received her master degree in epidemiology. While at UCLA, her research focused on addressing the barriers to comprehensive eye examinations in underserved communities. Dr. Yang is now a statistician for the Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases working with Dr. Folasade P. May on health services research regarding cancer prevention.
Camille Soroudi, MD
GI Quality Scholar
Melvin and Bren Simon Gastroenterology Quality Improvement Program
Dr. Soroudi earned a bachelor of science in molecular and cellular biology at Johns Hopkins University, her medical degree at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and recently graduated from the UCLA Internal Medicine Residency Program. She is currently working under the mentorship of Dr. May as the Melvin and Bren Simon GI Quality Improvement Scholar for the 2020-2021 academic year, coordinating multiple research initiatives aimed at improving colon cancer screening, polyp surveillance, diagnostic follow-up of positive fecal immunochemical tests (FIT), and reducing wasteful endoscopy system wide at UCLA Health.
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. Under Dr. May’s guidance, Mayte has conducted patient interviews to determine reasons for delays in diagnostic follow-up after positive fecal immunochemical test (FIT). She also manages IRB approvals for new studies and works as a project manager for many ongoing studies. Mayte previously worked as an analyst for Social Policy Research Associates, where she worked on evaluations of federally-funded workforce development, human services, and racial equity and education initiatives.
Anthony Myint, MD
Hospitalist, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
Former GI Quality Scholar (2019-2020)
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. His research interests include quality improvement in screening practices for chronic hepatitis B within the LA County health system and in colorectal cancer screening practices within the UCLA health system.
Vivy Cusumano, MD
Research GI Fellow
Dr. Cucumano 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. She is currently involved in a project with Dr. Folasade P. May to implement a low cost intervention to increase uptake of diagnostic colonoscopy among UCLA Health patients with positive fecal immunochemical test results.
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. Together with Dr. Folasade P. May, she will perform a population-based study of the systemic treatment of colorectal cancer in the United States and compare outcomes with Dutch patients.
Eileen Bui, MD
Internal Medicine Resident Researcher
Dr. Bui graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor of arts in human biology. She then attended medical school at Brown University and is currently a resident in mnternal 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. She is currently involved in a project with Dr. May exploring racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in time to treatment for colorectal cancer patients.
Bao Sean H. Nguyen, MD
Internal Medicine Resident Researcher
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. He recently led a study examining the impact of the UCLA Health pre-endoscopy COVID-19 testing program. He is currently working on a project incorporating natural language processing to better understand referral patterns and management of large colon polyps at UCLA Health.
Janet Adeola, MS, MPH, MD Candidate
Medical Resident Researcher
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. Under Dr. Fola May’s mentorship, Janet is working on a project in Nigeria that assesses culturally specific barriers and facilitators to reducing CVD risk among patients in LMICs. She is also working on a systematic review that examines the current knowledge, awareness, and perception of hypertension risk and acceptability for treatment among patients in sub-Saharan Africa.
Kara Faktor, BS, MD Candidate
Medical Student Researcher
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. Under Dr. Fola May’s mentorship, Kara is analyzing the data from the interviews conducted during her time as a Fulbright grantee.
Fiona Obiezu, MS, MD Candidate
Medical Student Researcher
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). As a master’s student, Fiona began doing more global health work ranging from volunteering to research. Fiona is currently working on a global health project focusing on cardiovascular research in Nigerian hypertensive patients. In collaboration with Lagos University Teaching Hospital in Nigeria, this project aims to understand the knowledge, beliefs, barriers, and facilitators surrounding hypertension among patients diagnosed with hypertension. Additionally, a related project, consisting of a systematic literature review aims to understand the knowledge, awareness, and access for the treatment of hypertension in Sub-Sharan Africa.