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    Ekokobe Fonkem, DO

    Neuro-Oncology (602) 406-6262

    Ekokobe Fonkem, DO, is the director of neuro-oncology and an associate professor in the Department of Neurology at Barrow Neurological Institute. He is board certified in neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

    Dr. Fonkem’s expertise includes the diagnosis and treatment of brain tumors. He is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the American Medical Association, the American Osteopathic Association, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the Society for Neuro-Oncology.

    Dr. Fonkem earned his medical degree from the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine at Ohio University in Athens. He completed his neurology residency at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus and a fellowship in neuro-oncology at Harvard Medical School Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

    Dr. Fonkem’s research interests include brain tumor biomarkers in blood and saliva, new drug treatments for brain cancer, vulnerable populations with brain cancer, global oncology, and quality-of-life challenges in people with brain tumors.

    For more information or to request an appointment with Dr. Fonkem, please call (602) 406-6262.

    Education & Training
    • Fellowship, Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Neuro-Oncology, 2011-2012
    • Residency, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Neurology, 2008-2011
    • Internship, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Internal Medicine, 2007-2008
    • DO, Ohio University, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2007
    • BA, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Biochemistry, 2002
    • AS, University of Wisconsin – Fox Valley, 2000
    Professional Memberships
    • American Academy of Neurology
    • American Medical Association
    • American Osteopathic Association
    • American Society of Clinical Oncology
    • Society for Neuro-Oncology
    Honors and Awards
    • Co-founder and Executive Member, Society for Neuro-Oncology Sub-Saharan Africa Steering Committee, 2018
    • Appointed to Grant Selection Committee, Conquer Cancer Foundation, 2018
    • Leadership Development Fellowship, American Society of Clinical Oncology, 2017-2018
    • Marnie Rose Foundation Award for Brain Tumor Research and Community Engagement, 2016
    • Marnie Rose Foundation Award for Brain Tumor Research, 2014
    • Outstanding Alumni Award, University of Wisconsin – Fox Valley, 2012
    • Scholar Award, National Institutes of Health and National Medical Association, 2011
    • Resident Research of the Year Award, The Ohio State University, Department of Neurology, 2010
    • Best Biochemistry Student, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2003
    • Minority International Research Fellow Award, National Institutes of Health and University of Dar Es Salaam, 2002
    • Summer Research Fellowship Award, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2001
    • Minority Medical Education Fellowship Award, Case Western Reserve University, 2000
    • Scholar Award, American Chemical Society, 1999-2002
    • Douglas Salmon Scholarship Award, University of Wisconsin – Fox Valley, 1999-2000

    About Barrow Neurological Institute
    Since our doors opened as a regional specialty center in 1962, we have grown into one of the premier destinations in the world for neurology and neurosurgery. Our experienced, highly skilled, and comprehensive team of neurological specialists can provide you with a complete spectrum of care–from diagnosis through outpatient neurorehabilitation–under one roof. Barrow Neurological Institute: Discover. Educate. Heal.