Hepatobiliary, Pancreas ​& Gastrointestinal Cancer Surgeons

Ajay Jain, MD
Chief of Surgical Oncology

Ajay Jain, MD, is a Professor and Division Chief of Surgical Oncology at the University of Oklahoma. His clinical practice focuses on the surgical management of malignant and benign diseases of the liver, pancreas, gallbladder, bile duct and stomach. He also offers robotic surgery for diseases that are amenable.

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Dr. Jain earned his undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Virginia. He then completed his general surgery training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. As part of his residency he also spent six months at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin. In addition, Dr. Jain completed a Clinical Surgical Oncology Fellowship and Three-Year Research Fellowship in Immunology and Oncology at Johns Hopkins. During his time in the lab he developed and patented novel vaccines and drugs to help the immune system fight cancer (immunotherapy), some of which entered into human clinical trials.

Before moving to Oklahoma in January 2018, Dr. Jain served on the faculty of the University of Maryland as well as State University of New York (SUNY), Upstate, in Syracuse, N.Y. At Upstate, he was the Chief of Surgical Oncology, Section Head of Hepatobiliary and Pancreas Surgery, and the Co-Director of the Gastric and Esophageal Cancer Program. During his time at Upstate, he was awarded the Upstate Foundation Award for Patient Care every year from 2015-18, as well as the Press Ganey Patient Experience Award in 2018.

In addition to his commitment to providing excellent clinical care, he places great importance on outstanding communication with his patients, their families and other physicians. Given how stressful a cancer diagnosis can be, he also is dedicated to addressing any nutritional, psychological, social or other wellness needs.

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Barish Edil, MD, FACS

Barish Edil, MD, FACS, is a Professor and Chair of Surgery at the University of Oklahoma. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and works within the Gastrointestinal Cancers Clinic at Stephenson Cancer Center. Dr. Edil also serves on the Operations Committee and the OU Physicians Council at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

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Prior to joining the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Edil was the Chief of Surgical Oncology at the University of Colorado in Aurora, CO. He was also a faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he served as the Director and Coordinator of the Physician’s Assistant Surgery Residency and the Medical Student Surgical Oncology Rotations.

Dr. Edil completed medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine. He then attended the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center to complete a General Surgery Internship, a Surgical Oncology Research Fellowship and a General Surgery Residency. He also completed the Assistant Chief of Service in Clinical Fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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Katherine Morris, MD

Katherine Morris, MD, ​is an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Morris is also the ​Vice Chair of of Academic and Research Advancement. She completed a Mathematics degree at the University of Washington. Dr. Morris then studied Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University, where her interest was drawn to surgery. During her training she was particularly affected by her rotations in cancer surgery, where her patients’ stories, concerns, triumphs and heartbreak inspired her. During her seven years of general surgery residency at Oregon Health and Science University, Dr. Morris completed two years of Research in Surgical Oncology (cancer surgery).

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After completing her general surgery residency, Dr. Morris completed a Two-Year Surgical Oncology Fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, one of the world's leading cancer centers. Here she worked with masters in the field while helping patients with complex pancreas, liver and metastatic colon cancers. This training emphasized multidisciplinary treatment of cancer, where close coordination between sub-specialists produces the best possible outcomes.

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