Dr. Chukwuma T. Apakama is dedicated to the maximum application of minimally invasive techniques in the treatment of surgical diseases affording his patients early recovery, minimal pain, and short length of stay.
Dr. C or Dr. Chucks as he is fondly referred to works hard to give his patients the best care he can, treating them with dignity, respect and empathy. His personal philosophy is to be their advocate- collaborating with them to improve their health and wellbeing. His expertise is in open, laparoscopic and robotic surgery with interests specifically in bariatric surgery using minimally invasive methods of laparoscopy and robotics performing procedures such as sleeve gastrectomy; Roux en Y gastric bypass; revisional bariatric surgery and the gastric balloon. Other keen interests he has include reflux surgery; Para esophageal hernia repairs; achalasia surgery; colon resections and hernia surgery.
At a young age, Dr. Apakama was fascinated with medicine and passionate about touching lives positively hence his decision to be a Surgeon. His pursuance of this dream has taken him to the United Kingdom and several states in the United States after he obtained his medical degree at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria- a premier medical facility.
He completed his General Surgery Residency at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons at Harlem Hospital, a Fellowship in Surgical Critical Care at the prestigious Washington University in St. Louis and a Fellowship in Cleveland Clinic Florida in Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery. He is Board certified in General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care.
Dr. Apakama is a regular contributor in several medical research journals and a member of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) as well as the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons (ASMBS).
He particularly values learning about different cultures and people. When he is not working, Dr. Apakama makes sure to spend quality time with his wife and son. He is an avid reader, competitive swimmer and enjoys a good movie, soccer and ping-pong.
Seeing the patient as a human being, treating patients with dignity, care, respect as I would like to be treated. I believe in putting the patient's needs and safety above and beyond everything else.