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Curriculum Vitae

Obos I. Ekhaese, DO, F.A.C.S., Curriculum Vitae


General Surgeon & Assistant Professor

Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery

UTHealth | McGovern Medical School, Houston, TX


United States of America


Bachelor of Sciences in Biochemistry and Biophysics

University of Houston, Houston, TX – (9/1991 – 6/1994)


Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine

Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA – (8/1996 – 6/2000)


Internship - Saint James Olympia Fields,

Olympia Fields, IL., (6/2000 – 6/2001)

General Surgery Residency - Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital Medical Center, Pontiac, Michigan.

Michigan State University, (7/2001 – 6/2005)

Fellowship - University of Texas Health Science Center Houston

Minimal Invasive Surgeons of Texas,

Houston Northwest Medical Center, Houston, TX, (7/2008 – 6/2009)


Assistant Professor of Surgery, (7/2009-present)

University of Texas Medical Branch

Department of Surgery, Galveston, TX


Staff Surgeon, Department of Surgery - University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, (2009 - present)

Staff Surgeon, Department of Surgery-University of Texas Medical Branch, League City, TX

Medical Staff Surgeon, Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, Mattoon, IL. (8/2005 – 6/2008)


Texas Medical Board, Medical License #M9994

Controlled Substances Registration, Drug Enforcement Administration, (Active)


American Osteopathic Board of Surgery; 2006, 2016

Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certified

Advanced Trauma Life Support Certified.

Certified Console Surgeon, da Vinci Surgical System since, 2010



American Medical Association, member since 2000

American Osteopathic Association, member since 1996

American College of Osteopathic Surgeons, member since 2001

American College of Surgeons, member since 2015

Association for Academic Surgery, member since 2011

Program Committee Member, 2016-2018

Society of Black Academic Surgeons, member since 2010

National Medical Association, member since 2000


Texas Medical Association, member since 2009.

Harris County Medical Society, member since 2009.

Singleton Surgical Society, member since 2009


Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, member since 2005

American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, member since 2010

Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract member since 2011

Texas Association of Bariatric Surgeons member since 2010

Houston Bariatric Society, member since 2011

American Hernia Society, member since 2013


Board Certified by The American Osteopathic Board of Surgery

Fellowship Trained in Minimally Invasive Surgery

Experienced in Private practice serving Midwestern community

General Surgery training in customary cases and also coverage of Cardiothoracic, Vascular, Plastics, Endoscopy, Gynecological and Urologic Services.

Missionary and volunteer activities in Central America, Caribbean and Africa

Surgical coordinator UTMB School of Medicine Global Health Track

Robotic Surgery 101 – Faculty for Minimester Course MS 1& 2


  1. Ekhaese O, Jacobs DO. Bariatric surgery. In: Daniel K. Podolsky, Michael Camilleri, J. Gregory Fitz, Anthony N. Kalloo, Fergus Shanahan, and Timothy C. Wang (editors), Yamada's Textbook of Gastroenterology, 2 volume Set, 6th edition. United Kingdom: John Wiley & Sons. 2016.
  2. Ekhaese O, Laforte R, and Jacobs D. Bariatric Surgery. In: (editors) Yamada Gastroenterology Textbook and Atlas. Chapter 116
    Oral Boards Examiner for the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery. 2010, 2013-2015
  3. Faculty Judge at the UTMB Annual National Student Research Forum. 2010, 2013 & 2014.
  4. Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery [FLS] Proctor 2010 – 2015
  5. Grand Rounds Presentation to the Department of Surgery, UTMB: The Role of Surgery in Global Health. August 2014.
  6. Grand Rounds Presentation to The Department of Surgery, UTMB: Management of Bariatric Emergencies by the Non-Bariatric surgeon February 2012 and September 2013.
  7. Grand Rounds Presentation to The Department of Pathology, UTMB: Management of Obesity with Bariatric Surgery December 2012
  8. Grand Rounds Presentation to The Department of Endocrinology UTMB: Management of Obesity with Bariatric Surgery January 2013 and 2014
  9. Presented Poster on "Large Blood Clot Causing an Acute Obstruction at the Jejunojejunostomy following Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass" at the Annual Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons Scientific Meeting, April 2009
  10. Presented Poster on “Lithopedion Smiles: An Incidental Finding During an Evaluation for Abdominal Pain” at the Annual Michigan Osteopathic Association Convention and at the Annual Clinical Assembly of Osteopathic Specialists [May 2004 and October 2004]
  11. Poster Accepted on “Factors affecting the completion of Weight Loss Surgery Program among End-Stage Renal Disease Patients for Transplant Consideration” at the Annual Society of Black Academic Surgeons Meeting April 2015
  12. Guidry C, Ekhaese O. The effect of calibration device choice on sleeve gastrectomy pouch creation and subsequent weight loss. SAGES meeting in Boston, MA, March 2016 and Obesity Week in New Orleans, LA, October 2016
  13. Obiarinze RN, Ekhaese O. A review comparing the operative time of robotic vs. laparoscopic assisted inguinal herniorrhaphy techniques (poster). Minimally Invasive Surgery Symposium (MISS) 2016 Conference in Las Vegas, NV, February 2016
  14. Ekhaese O. Lecture at Brazosport Regional Health System. Lake Jackson, TX, November 2012
  15. Kresta J, Ekhaese O. Laparoscopic approach to Obturator hernia repair. American Hernia Society, Washington, DC; March 30-April 2, 2016
  16. Ekhaese O. Society of Black Academic Surgeons Leadership and Faculty Development Institute meeting, Columbus, OH; April 28, 2016


Mediastinal tumors: Management of mediastinal lesions at a community hospital.

Increased risk of hysterectomy in previously sterilized patients. A 5-year review from a community based hospital.

Lithopedion smiles: An incidental finding during an evaluation for abdominal pain.

Discrepancies in diagnosing carotid occlusive disease. Carotid Doppler versus carotid angiograms.



IRB Approved Patient Centered Research Project

Prochaska J, Ekhaese O.

Collaboration with Dr. John Prochaska Dr. P. H. Patient Centered Outcome Research NIH Grant Pending.

“Evaluation of neighborhood-level food environment on bariatric surgical outcomes"

Participated in IRB Approved Tissue Repository collaboration with UTMB Department of Endocrinology and Dr. N. Abate

Purpose: (1) Obtain adipose tissue during Human Bariatric Surgery and pre-operative labs (CBC, CMP &to study metabolic diseases and heart diseases (2) evaluate gene expression, fat cell size (3) identify the genes involved in inflammation of fat tissue and insulin resistance. 2013-2015.

Manuscript- Adipose Tissue Insulin Resistance in Gestational Diabetes, accepted for publication in Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders


Maua Methodist Hospital, Maua, Kenya, (8/2014)

Northwest Haiti Christian Mission Hospital. Haiti, (10/2007)

Sula Hospital, Sula Santa Barbara, Honduras, (11/ 2006)

Seventh Day Adventist Hospital, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, (2/2003)

Meet the Physicians
of UT MIST Center for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery and UT COMMP!

The UT MIST/UT COMMP team includes board-certified surgeons and obesity medicine specialists who are among the most highly trained in the country. They offer the most advanced minimally invasive technologies and techniques available for weight loss surgery, and will work with you to provide the best possible care.