Folasade May, MD, MPhil, PhD

Board Member

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  • UCLA School of Public Health

Dr. May is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Division of Digestive Diseases at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and a staff physician in Gastroenterology in the Greater Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Healthcare System. 

Dr. May is an Associate Director of the UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity where she conducts health services research that focuses on cancer prevention and control research. In addition, she is the Director of Quality Improvement in Gastroenterology at UCLA Health. Dr. May completed her undergraduate degree at Yale University and then attended the University of Cambridge (UK) to obtain a Masters in Epidemiology. She completed medical school at Harvard Medical School and trained in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital before joining UCLA Health in 2011. 

At UCLA, she joined the UCLA Specialty Training and Advanced Research (STAR) Program, where she completed her gastroenterology fellowship and a PhD in Health Policy and Management from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Currently, she is involved in research and public health efforts to improve colorectal cancer awareness and colorectal cancer screening in the U.S population at large, and especially in underserved populations where screening rates are lowest. These efforts include work at UCLA Health, in Federally Qualified Health Centers, in the VA, and through national partnerships.

Her team also focuses on developing interventions to improve diagnostic follow-up for patients with abnormal colorectal cancer screening results. She is passionate about improving colon cancer awareness and colon cancer screening and is involved in several organizations that aim to help eliminate the disease.  

Conflicts of interest: Dr. May receives funding support from NIH, NCI, Stand up to Cancer, the Broad Institute, and UCLA Health. She is a consultant for Medtronic, Freenome, Takeda, and Exact Sciences.