Chukwuemeka U Ihemelandu, MD| Surgical Oncology | MedStar Health

Chukwuemeka U Ihemelandu, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.9 out of 5 (98 reviews)

Specialities: Surgical Oncology

Languages: Igbo, English


About me

Chukwuemeka Ihemelandu, MD, is a board-certified surgical oncologist at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. He is a Professor of Surgical Oncology at Georgetown University Medical School and is a member of the Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) as well as the Society of Surgery for the Alimentary Tract (SSAT) and Association of Academic Surgeons.

Dr. Ihemelandu specializes in the treatment of peritoneal carcinomatosis, or cancer of the abdomen, through the use of cytoreductive surgery and intraoperative chemotherapy. He also specializes in the treatment of gastric cancer, sarcoma and pancreatic cancer. His clinical interests include advanced abdominal cancers. His research interests include analyzing the use of near-infrared fluorescent technology to look for microscopic cancer during surgery to aid in the complete removal of a disease. He is also analyzing the molecular profile of unique tumors in the abdomen to understand how treatment can be personalized for each patient.

Dr. Ihemelandu received his medical degree from the University of Nigeria Medical School. He then completed his residency in general surgery at Howard University Hospital before completing a two-year fellowship in surgical oncology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

MedStar Washington Hospital Center is the only center in Washington DC, and one of few facilities in the region, that performs cytoreductive surgery for patients with cancer of the abdomen. Dr. Ihemelandu is spearheading the use of near-infrared fluorescence in surgical procedures as well as the use of biomarkers to provide personalized cancer treatment for patients at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Outside of his time at the hospital, Dr. Ihemelandu enjoys spending time with his wife and his two daughters.

"I have a special responsibility to my patients. When a patient comes to see me, I treat them as a whole person, emotionally, physically and spiritually. I am very well trained and I work to achieve the best outcome for my patients, regardless of where they are in their treatment. I take the time to listen to my patients and identify with what they are going through. What gives me the greatest joy is when I'm able to help my patients achieve even the smallest of victories."

Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Acral Lentiginous Melanoma
  • Adamantinoma
  • Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma
  • Anal Cancer
  • Angiosarcoma
  • Anorectal Cancer
  • Appendiceal Cancer
  • Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Benign Neoplasm Bone
  • Bile Duct Occlusion
  • Biliary Colic
  • Biliary Tract Disease
  • Bone Cyst
  • Bone Sarcoma
  • Bone Tumor
  • Brain Metastases
  • Breast Cancer During Pregnancy
  • Carcinoid Of Stomach
  • Carcinoid Tumor
  • Carcinoid Tumor Of Pancreas
  • Cardiac Sarcoma
  • Cholangiocarcinoma
  • Cholelithiasis
  • Chondrosarcoma
  • Colorectal Malignancy
  • Composite Hemangioendothelioma
  • Cutaneous B Cell Lymphoma
  • Cutaneous Lymphoma
  • Cutaneous T Cell Lymphoma
  • Cystadenoma Of Pancreas
  • Dermatofibrosarcoma Protruberans
  • Endovascular Papillary Angioendothelioma
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Ewings Sarcoma
  • Family History Of Colon Cancer
  • Fibrosarcoma
  • Fibrosarcoma Of The Head & Neck
  • Gallbladder Cancer
  • Gastric Lymphoma
  • Gastrin Secreting Tumor Of Pancreas
  • Gastroesophageal Junction Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) Stromal Tumors
  • Graft Versus Host Disease
  • Groin Mass
  • Head And Neck Melanoma
  • Head And Neck Sarcoma
  • Hemangioendothelioma
  • Hepatic Cyst
  • Hepatic Infarction
  • Hepatobiliary Malignancies
  • Hepatoblastoma
  • Inflammatory Breast Cancer
  • Insulinoma
  • Intestinal Carcinoid Tumor
  • Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasm
  • Invasive Breast Cancer
  • Islet Cell Tumor
  • Kaposi Sarcoma
  • Kaposiform Hemangioendothelioma
  • Leiomyosarcoma
  • Liposarcoma
  • Liver Abscess
  • Liver Cancer
  • Liver Laceration
  • Liver Mass
  • Liver Metastases
  • Lymphadenopathy
  • Lynch Syndrome
  • Malignant Carcinoid Tumor Of Colon
  • Malignant Fibrous Histiocytoma (MFH)
  • Malignant Neoplasm Of Pancreatic Duct
  • Malignant Neoplasm Of Skin Appendages
  • Malignant Rectal Neoplasm
  • Malignant Tumor Of Extrahepatic Bile Duct
  • Mass On Trunk
  • Melanoma
  • Melanoma Of The Eyelid
  • Melanoma On Face
  • Melanoma On Finger
  • Melanoma On Hand
  • Merkel Cell Carcinoma
  • Metastatic Colon Cancer
  • Metastatic Melanoma
  • Myxofibrosarcoma
  • Neuroectodermal Tumor
  • Neuroendocrine Tumors
  • Neurofibrosarcoma
  • Non Melanoma Skin Cancer
  • Obstructive Jaundice
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pancreas Cancer
  • Pancreas Head Cancer
  • Pancreas Tail Cancer
  • Pancreatic Mass
  • Pancreaticobiliary Disease
  • Papillary Stenosis
  • Perforation Of Bile Duct
  • Perforation Of Gallbladder
  • Perianal Hematoma
  • Peritoneal Surface Malignancy
  • Pleomorphic Sarcoma
  • Postcholecystectomy Syndrome (PCS)
  • Pseudocyst
  • Pseudomyxoma Peritonei
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Rectal Carcinoma In Situ
  • Recurrent Colorectal Cancer
  • Retiform Hemangioendothelioma
  • Retroperitoneal Liposarcoma
  • Retroperitoneal Sarcoma
  • Rhabdomyosarcoma
  • Sarcoma
  • Sarcoma Botryoides
  • Sarcoma Of The Lung
  • Sezary Syndrome
  • Skin Cancer
  • Small Bowel Cancer
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Spindle Cell Hemangioma
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma Of The Skin
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Stromal Tumor Of Intestine
  • Sweat Gland Carcinoma
  • Synovial Sarcoma
  • Triple Negative Breast Cancer
  • Tufted Angioma
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Procedures I perform

  • Anastomosis Of Pancreatic Duct
  • Bile Duct Biopsy
  • Bile Duct Repair
  • Breast Cancer Surgery
  • Cancer Risk Reduction Surgery
  • Cancer Surgery
  • Cholecystenterostomy
  • Cholecystogastrostomy
  • Choledochoenterostomy
  • Choledochoplasty
  • Closure Of Biliary Fistula
  • Common Duct Exploration
  • Cytoreduction Surgery
  • Destruction Of Liver Lesions
  • Excision Of Ampulla Of Vater
  • Excision Of Choledochal Cyst
  • Excision Of Pancreatic Lesions
  • Extracorporeal Circulation For Hepatic Assistance
  • Internal Drainage Of Pancreatic Cyst
  • Intestinal Cancer Surgery
  • Intraperitoneal Hyperthermic Chemoperfusion
  • Islet Cell Tumor Resection
  • Laparoscopic Adrenalectomy
  • Laparoscopic Liver Resection
  • Laparoscopic Resection Head Of Pancreas
  • Laparoscopic Whipple Procedure
  • Limb Sparing Surgery
  • Localized Perfusion Of Liver
  • Melanoma Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Lymph Node Dissection
  • Oncologic Reconstruction
  • Open Biopsy Of Pancreas
  • Pancreatectomy
  • Pancreatic Debridement
  • Pancreatic Surgery
  • Pancreaticojejunostomy
  • Proximal Pancreatectomy
  • Radical Subtotal Pancreatectomy
  • Repair Of Laceration Of Gallbladder
  • Repair Of Liver Laceration
  • Repair Of Pancreas
  • Retroperitoneal Sarcoma Resection
  • Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy
  • Staging Laparotomy
  • Stomach Tumor Surgery
  • Surgical Management Of Advanced Hepato Biliary Cancer
  • Transduodenal Sphincterotomy
  • Transhepatic Biliary Catheter
  • Transhepatic Biliary Stent Placement
  • Transhepatic Biliary Stone Removal
  • Transhepatic Biliary Stricture Dilation
  • Whipple Procedure
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3800 Reservoir Road Northwest
Pasquerilla Healthcare Center 4th Fl
Washington, DC, 20007


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Washington, DC, 20010


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MedStar Medical Group accepts most major health insurance plans. If you are uncertain as to whether your individual health insurance plan is accepted at MedStar Medical Group, please call your insurance company.

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • Aetna USAccess (POS)
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std. & Basic PPO)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • CFBCBS (NCA) Indemnity
    • CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
    • CIGNA POS/Network POS
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • CIGNA Indemnity
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • First Health PPO
    • Tricare Prime
    • Tricare Standard
    • Tricare Extra (Indemnity)
    • Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • MedStar Select (MedStar Associates' Plan)
    • MedStar Medicare Choice
    • United Healthcare Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • United Healthcare Select Plus (POS)
    • United Healthcare Choice Plus
    • United Student Resources
    • M.D. IPA (HMO)
    • M.D. IPA Preferred (POS)
    • Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • Mamsi Life & Health (Indem./PPO)
    • Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • United Healthcare Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO, GEHA, Compass Rose)
    • OneNet PPO, Inc.
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • United Healthcare Core Essential (HMO)
    • Optimum Choice
    • United Healthcare Navigate
    • United Healthcare Compass (HMO)
    • CIGNA HMO Open Access (OA)
    • Network OA
    • POS OA & OA Plus
    • PPO and PPO Plus
    • Choice Fund PPO
    • CFBSBC Blue Preferred PPO
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Open Access
    • BlueChoice Open Access
    • Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO, POS)
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA/HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Open HMO
    • Opoen HMO Option
    • Open EPO Plus
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Open POS II
    • Aetna HMO
    • Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Aetna Innovations: HMO & EPO Plus



Board Certification: American Board of Surgery, Surgery

Fellowship Program: Wake Forest University School of Medicine (2012)

Residency Program: Howard University Hospital (2010)

Medical School: University of Nigeria Medical School (1995)

Ratings and reviews

  • Provider explained things understandably

  • Provider listened carefully

  • Provider knew medical history

  • Provider showed respect

  • Provider spent enough time with patient

  • Jul 15, 2022

    Dr. Ihemelandu is very thorough. Eager to explain the scans and discuss treatment/surgical procedure - Answers questions. Did not necessitate to contact fellow doctor regarding my treatment.

  • May 20, 2022

    I was given a very thorough explanation on my situation that I could understand. I thank you for that.

  • Mar 16, 2022

    Dr. Ihemelandu is an excellent care provider, listening respectfully, providing his insights, and reassuring of the process of recovery. His humble posture is refreshing especially given his surgical expertise.