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Ajay Jain, MD

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About Ajay Jain

Ajay Jain, M.D., is a professor and chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology in the Department of Surgery at the OU College of Medicine, and the Core Medical Director for the Stephenson Cancer Center. His surgical oncology practice focuses primarily on malignant and benign diseases of the liver, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts, stomach and intestinal tract. Dr. Jain also performs minimally invasive robotic surgeries.

Dr. Jain attended the University of Virginia School of Medicine, followed by a surgical residency and surgical oncology fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital. During his residency, he also spent 6 months training at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland. He also completed a three-year research fellowship in immunology and oncology at Johns Hopkins, where he studied novel therapeutic agents to help the immune system fight cancer. Some of these have been further evaluated in human clinical trials.

Following his fellowship, Dr. Jain served six years as an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, as well as chief of surgical oncology at the Baltimore VA Medical Center. In addition, he operated a laboratory that developed antibody-based immunotherapies for cancer, using funding from the American Cancer Society and the Veterans Administration.

Dr. Jain then went to State University of New York, Upstate Medical University, where he served as an associate professor of surgery and chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology. During his time at Upstate, he expanded access to cancer services in central New York. He was awarded the Upstate Foundation Award for Patient Care every year from 2015-2018, as well as the Upstate Patient Experience Award in 2018. He also received the Michael Ratner Faculty Teaching Award for three consecutive years.

Dr. Jain joined the OU College of Medicine and Stephenson Cancer Center in 2019. He is committed to providing comprehensive, multidisciplinary cancer care using the latest innovations in treatment, and his team places great importance on addressing the psychosocial, nutritional and emotional needs of patients. For patients who have exhausted standard treatment options, he provides access to cutting-edge clinical trials at the Stephenson Cancer Center. Dr. Jain also is dedicated to communicating and coordinating care with other physicians providing treatment in the community. Dr. Jain has particular clinical interest and expertise treating in cancers of the liver, pancreas, and bile ducts. He specializes in the treatment of complex cancers of the stomach and gastrointestinal tract, as well as abdominal sarcomas.

Affiliations OU Health Stephenson Cancer Center, OU Health Stephenson Cancer Center – Gastrointestinal Cancer Clinic
Awards
  • Phi Beta Kappa 1994
  • Michael Ratner Faculty Teaching award, Upstate Surgical Residency 2015
  • Michael Ratner Faculty Teaching award, Upstate Surgical Residency 2016
  • Baltimore Academy of Surgeons Research Award 2001
  • University of Oklahoma Russell Postier Award for Excellence in Resident Education 2020
  • Echol's Scholar
  • Distinguished Majors Program, Chemistry-graduated with Highest Distinction 1994
  • Four Year Merit Scholarship, University of Virginia School of Medicine 1994
  • Upstate Patient Experience Award (2015-2018)
  • Upstate Foundation Award for Patient Care 2015
  • Upstate Foundation Award for Patient Care 2015
  • University of Oklahoma Trauma Champion Award 2020
  • Veterans Administration Gold Pin Award for Patient Care 2008
Health Education
  • Medical School
  • Doctor of Medicine University of Virginia School of Medicine
    Charlottesville, VA
    1998
  • Residency
  • General Surgery Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    Baltimore, MD
    2006
  • Fellowship
  • Research Fellowship - Immunology and Oncology Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    Baltimore, MD
    2006
  • Surgical Oncology Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    Baltimore, MD
    2007
  • Training
  • Surgical Registrar Royal College of Surgeons
    Dublin2004
  • Leadership Development Certification for Academic Physicians Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health
    2016
  • Board Certification
  • Society of Surgical Oncology 2007
  • American Board of Surgery 2007
Medical Interests Areas of Interest:
  • Malignant and benign diseases of the liver/pancreas/gallbladder/bile ducts
  • Treatment for cancers of the stomach and intestinal tract
  • Robotic surgery
  • Abdominal and Retroperitoneal Sarcomas
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