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Dr. Izi Obokhare - Principal Investigator
Izi Obokhare is an Associate Professor in the Division of Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic and Robotic Surgery at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Amarillo (TTUHSC). He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the International College of Surgeons. He brings significant expertise and experience in providing minimally invasive surgical care and provides general and acute care along with colorectal care using advanced laparoscopic techniques and the Da Vinci robotic platform.
Dr. Obokhare obtained his medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington D.C. and did his General Surgery Residency at Case University Hospitals of Cleveland in Cleveland, Ohio. He did his Research Fellowship for Colorectal Surgery at the Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans, Louisiana where he obtained additional training in the diagnosis and treatment of benign and malignant diseases of the colon, rectum and anus.
He has a special interest in state-of-the-art minimally invasive techniques and approaches to anorectal tumors such as robotic surgery, trans-anal minimally invasive surgery (TAMIS), laparoscopic colectomy for colon cancer, familial colon cancer syndromes, diverticulitis, colonic inertia and ulcerative colitis.
Having a vibrant practice in general surgery with a solid interest in colon and rectal surgery, more than 70% of his practice involves patients with colon and rectal disorders specifically neoplastic disease. He has a strong focus on screening and prevention of colon and rectal cancer in the Texas Panhandle as evidenced by his involvement in community outreach and education targeting the underserved population.
Michelle Marsh - Program Manager & SenioR Analyst
Michelle Marsh is the Program Manager and Senior Analyst for the Get FIT To Stay Fit Colorectal Cancer Screening program at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at Amarillo (TTUHSC). She works to coordinate patient care and navigation for rural areas of the Texas Panhandle, as well as educating both patients and health care professionals about the importance of colorectal cancer screening.
Michelle is a current student at Amarillo College, and is seeking a degree in Business Administration. She is also a Community Health Worker certified in the state of Texas, and serves on the local advisory board for the American Cancer Society, is the Outreach Coordinator for the Northwest Texas Hospital Cancer Committee, the Community Champion for the Amarillo Relay for Life, and is on the policy group for the Texas Alliance for Colorectal Cancer Testing (TACCT). In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her son.
Brenda Hernandez - Outreach Coordinator & Lead Specialist
Brenda currently works to coordinate outreach events to the rural areas of the Texas Panhandle, as well as educating both patients and health care professionals about the importance of colorectal cancer screening.
Brenda has worked in the medical field for approximately 30 years, first as an intermediate EMT (NWTH School of Nursing 1981), then furthering her education and graduating from Amarillo College in Allied Health in 1995, and as a certified instructor for Texas Workforce Commission in higher education, as well as medical coding and billing specialist. Brenda served for on the Amarillo Advisory Board for American Cancer Society. During her 13 years on the advisory board, she also received the “Spirit of the Panhandle” award for community involvement as the event chair for Relay for Life in 2010. She was acknowledged for her many years of service on the advisory board in 2014. She continues to serve the community as a member of LULAC, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and volunteers at other events in the community. In 2018 Brenda along with the GET F.I.T. team, was one of the Texans Caring for Texans honorees, by the state of Texas. Brenda traveled to Austin in April 2019 and was presented an award for dedicating 25 years to educating and promoting health education to the citizens of Texas, (with Representative Kel Seliger). In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, and loves to stay busy.