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Texas Medical Center

Pediatric Surgery
Phone: 832-822-2778


6701 Fannin Street
8th Floor
Houston, TX 77030

Ekene Onwuka, MD, MS

Clinical Instructor of Surgery and Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
Baylor College of Medicine Fellowship Pediatric Surgery 2022
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Residency General Surgery 2020
Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Post-doctoral Fellow Postdoctoral Research Fellowship 2017
The Ohio State University Masters Master of Science, Medical Science 2016
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Internship General Surgery 2013
Howard University College of Medicine Medical School Doctor of Medicine 2012
Tufts University Bachelors Bachelor of Science in Biology 2008


Dr. Onwuka is committed to providing excellent and compassionate care to neonatal and pediatric patients with diseases and conditions that require surgery. In addition to performing general neonatal and pediatric surgery, he is a member of the surgical oncology team at Texas Children's and is actively involved in caring for patients with sarcomas (rhabdomyosarcoma, non rhabdo-soft tissue sarcoma, malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors and synovial cell sarcoma), renal tumors, neuroblastoma, thoracic tumors, liver cancer and other rare gastrointestinal malignancies. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from Tufts University prior to earning his medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine and completing adult general surgery training at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. During his residency training, Dr. Onwuka performed three years of basic science research in tissue engineering while also participating in various clinical research projects and obtaining a Master of Science degree in Medical Science. After residency, Dr. Onwuka completed specialty training in Pediatric Surgery at Texas Children’s Hospital, one of the busiest programs in the nation and one of the largest for the treatment of pediatric cancer.  

Clinical Interests

Pediatric surgical oncology 

Thoracic and abdominal minimally invasive surgery  

Endocrine disease 

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation 

Pediatric injury prevention and outcomes 

Research Interests

Onwuka performs translational and outcomes research in patients undergoing general surgery and surgical oncologic procedures. He is interested in the application of large databases to identify areas for improvement in care, especially in regards to socioeconomic and racial disparities. He was recently awarded funding from the Children’s Oncology Group and the Children’s Cancer Research Fund to study genetic ancestry as it pertains to outcomes in patients treated for rhabdomyosarcoma.  


Organization Name Role
American Academy of Pediatrics Fellow
American College of Surgeons Resident and Associate Society Member
American Pediatric Surgical Association Member
Association for Academic Surgeons Member
Children’s Oncology Group Member
Gold Humanism Honor Society Member

Awards & Honors

Children’s Oncology Group Children’s Cancer Research Fund Minority Young Investigator Award, 2022- Research Funding

The Ohio State University Department of Surgery Golden Hands Award, 2020- Awarded to chief resident w/ best technical ability

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Random Act of Kindness Award, 2019

National Institutes of Health/National Medical Association Travel Award, 2016

National Institutes of Health Diversity Supplement to R01 Recipient, 2016- Research Funding

National Institutes of Health Advanced Research Training in Immunology for Surgery Trainees (ARTIST) T32 Recipient, 2014- Research Funding

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