Program Directors

Program Director

In early 2011, Howard University Hospital (HUH) welcomed Lori Wilson, M.D., FACS. She is the first and only female African-American general surgical oncologist in Washington, D.C. She also joins the staff of the University’s College of Medicine, Department of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology. She serves as Program Director for the General Surgery Residency Program.

Dr. Wilson works closely with a multidisciplinary team to provide treatments individually tailored to each patient. Her expertise includes the treatment of endocrine tumors (such as thyroid and parathyroid), soft tissue, gastrointestinal, breast and cutaneous neoplasms.

Dr. Wilson is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine. She completed a general surgery internship and residency at HUH, where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and received the Department of Surgery Chairman’s Award. During her surgical training at HUH, she completed a research fellowship at the University of Cincinnati followed by a surgical oncology fellowship at the John Wayne Cancer Institute.

In 2005, she joined the faculty at the University of Connecticut Health Center where she held dual Surgical Directorship of the Cutaneous Oncology as well as the Clinical and Translational Breast Programs.

She is currently a member of several national organizations including the American Society of Clinical Oncology, American College of Surgeons, American Association of Cancer Research and the Society of Black Academic Surgeons.

Dr. Wilson has a long-standing interest in solid tumor translational cancer research and health disparities. Her work has focused on discovering novel biomarkers and elucidating the causes for disparities in clinical outcomes. Her area of expertise is proteomics and biomarker discovery, and she has published extensively in the field. Dr. Wilson takes cancer-related problems with unclear etiologies from the clinic to the laboratory and tries to determine the cause. After extensive research, the goal is to bring the findings back to impact patient care.

Dr. Wilson hopes to increase the number of HUH patients that participate in research, and that one day, every patient considers this a part of receiving high-quality care. 

Associate Program Director

Tran, M.D., FACS is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Howard University College of Medicine and an Associate Director of the Center for Wellness and Weight Loss Surgery in the Division of Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery of Howard University Hospital.  He also serves as the Associate Program Director for the General Surgery Residency Program.  Dr. Tran received his medical degree and his residency training at Loma Linda University School of Medicine.  He completed his fellowship training at Yale-New Haven Hospital. 

Dr. Tran has an extensive background in minimally invasive bariatric surgery.  He also performs many general surgical procedures using minimally invasive techniques.  Besides being very active clinically, Dr. Tran’s research interests include outcome studies derived from the Outcome Research Center and prospective studies looking at the most effective methods of revision in patients requiring repeat weight loss surgery. 

Dr. Tran is extremely dedicated to the training and teaching of residents and medical students.  In fact, he believes this is the best part of being at an academic medical center.  He won the Surgery Resident Teaching award last year and is looking forward to another successful year. 

At home, he is supported by a wonderful wife and immensely enjoys his “clan” of 4 children plus a golden retriever.  Dr. Tran is an avid flyer (pilot).  You may find him cruising the sky in his “off” time.  Ask him, he may take you up on his “wings” sometimes.

Program Coordinators

Coryne Lewis, BA, MACP

Stephanie Douglas, BS