Each month, the AAS Membership Committee presents the “Membership Spotlight” – an opportunity to introduce you to a member of your association.
Article by Jennifer Plichta, MD MS
Dr. Fayanju is an Associate Professor of Surgery and Population Health Sciences in the Duke University School of Medicine, Associate Director for Disparities & Value in Healthcare with Duke Forge, and Director of the Durham VA Breast Clinic. Effective July 1, she will be the inaugural Helen O. Dickens Presidential Associate Professor of Surgery in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Chief of Breast Surgery for the University of Pennsylvania Health System. She will also be Surgical Director of the Rena Rowan Breast Center and an Innovation Faculty member at the Penn Center for Cancer Care Innovation (PC3I) in the Abramson Cancer Center.
As an academic breast surgical oncologist, Dr. Fayanju’s research focuses on health disparities, aggressive breast cancer variants, and improving value in oncology. Her research is supported by funding from the National Institutes of Health and has been published in a variety of journals including Annals of Surgery, Cancer, and JAMA.
She received her undergraduate degree in History and Science, and an MA in Comparative Literature from Harvard. She received her MD and a master’s of population health sciences (MPHS) from Washington University in St. Louis, where she also completed her residency in General Surgery. She completed fellowship training in Breast Surgical Oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. In 2019, she was recognized by the National Academy of Medicine as an Emerging Leader in Health and Medicine Scholar.
Within the AAS, she has served on several committees, including the Publications Committee, Nominating Committee, and Membership Committee. She is also the current Society of Black Academic Surgeons representative to the AAS. In 2020, she had the honor of receiving the International Visiting Professorship Award from the AAS and West African College of Surgeons (WACS), and she attended the annual WACS meeting in Abuja, Nigeria.