Dr. Chukwuemeka U Ihemelandu, MD

Dr. Chukwuemeka U. Ihemelandu, MD

Dr. Chukwuemeka U. Ihemelandu, MD

Languages: English, Igbo
Phone: 202-877-4599
Fax: 202-877-0448

Contact this Provider:

  • Surgical Oncology
Conditions I Treat
  • acral lentiginous melanoma
  • adamantinoma
  • alveolar soft part sarcoma
  • anal cancer
  • angiosarcoma
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Procedures I Perform
  • anastomosis of pancreatic duct
  • bile duct biopsy
  • bile duct repair
  • breast cancer surgery
  • cancer risk reduction surgery
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About the Provider

Chukwuemeka Ihemelandu, MD, is a board-certified surgical oncologist at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. He is an Associate Professor of Surgical Oncology at Georgetown University Medical School and is a member of the Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) as well as the Society of Surgery for the Alimentary Tract (SSAT) and Association of Academic Surgeons.

Dr. Ihemelandu specializes in the treatment of peritoneal carcinomatosis, or cancer of the abdomen, through the use of cytoreductive surgery and intraoperative chemotherapy. He also specializes in the treatment of gastric cancer, sarcoma and pancreatic cancer. His clinical interests include advanced abdominal cancers. His research interests include analyzing the use of near-infrared fluorescent technology to look for microscopic cancer during surgery to aid in the complete removal of a disease. He is also analyzing the molecular profile of unique tumors in the abdomen to understand how treatment can be personalized for each patient.

Dr. Ihemelandu received his medical degree from the University of Nigeria Medical School. He then completed his residency in general surgery at Howard University Hospital before completing a two-year fellowship in surgical oncology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

MedStar Washington Hospital Center is the only center in Washington DC, and one of few facilities in the region, that performs cytoreductive surgery for patients with cancer of the abdomen. Dr. Ihemelandu is spearheading the use of near-infrared fluorescence in surgical procedures as well as the use of biomarkers to provide personalized cancer treatment for patients at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Outside of his time at the hospital, Dr. Ihemelandu enjoys spending time with his wife and his two daughters.

"I have a special responsibility to my patients. When a patient comes to see me, I treat them as a whole person, emotionally, physically and spiritually. I am very well trained and I work to achieve the best outcome for my patients, regardless of where they are in their treatment. I take the time to listen to my patients and identify with what they are going through. What gives me the greatest joy is when I'm able to help my patients achieve even the smallest of victories."

  • Fellowship Program: Wake Forest University School of Medicine (2012)
  • Residency Program: Howard University Hospital (2010)
  • Medical School: University of Nigeria Medical School (1995)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Surgery, Surgery
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Practice Locations
  • 3800 Reservoir Road Northwest
    Pasquerilla Healthcare Center 4th Fl
    Washington, DC 20007
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    Phone: 202-877-4599
    Fax: 202-877-0448

  • 110 Irving Street Northwest
    Floor 2
    Washington, DC 20010
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    Phone: 202-877-4599
    Fax: 202-877-0448

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