Biography

Ikwo Oboho, M.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center, and a member of its Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine. She serves as Director of Infection Prevention and Control at the VA North Texas Health Care System. Her clinical interests include reducing the risk of hospital acquired infection (HAI) and HAI surveillance, and HIV care and treatment

Originally from Nigeria, Dr. Oboho holds a bachelor's degree in anthropology and human behavior from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. She earned her medical degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennesee, and completed internal medicine residency training at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. She then received advanced training through an infectious diseases fellowship program at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, where she also earned a master's degree in clinical investigation. Dr. Oboho also trained as a medical epidemiologist in the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta.

Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine and infectious diseases, she joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2022.

At the VA North Texas Health Care System, Dr. Oboho chairs the Infection Prevention and Control Committee and leads the Monkeypox Response Team. She is also a member of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee, Medical Staff Executive Council, Quality and Performance Improvement Committee, Compounded Sterile Preparations Advisory Committee, and the Research Safety and Biosafety Committee.

Throughout her career, she has served as a member, team lead, or subject matter expert on various committees of the CDC and the U.S. Public Health Service.

She also serves as a member of the Dallas Public Health Committee.

Dr. Oboho is an active member of several professional organizations, including the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, Infectious Diseases Society of America, Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas, and the Commissioned Officers Association.

Education

Undergraduate
Emory University (2003)
Medical School
Vanderbilt Univ - Sch of Med (2007)
Graduate School
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Sch of (2013)

Research Interest

  • Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Orthopoxvirus

Honors & Awards

  • Global Health Initiatives Service Medal
    U.S. Public Health Service (2022)
  • Hubert H. Humphrey Award for Service to America Award
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2022)
  • Commendation Medal for Outstanding Leadership
    U.S. Public Health Service (2021)
  • Outstanding Unit Citation, Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (PHIA) Project Team
    U.S. Public Health Service (2021)
  • Presidential Unit Citation for Protecting, Promoting & Advancing the Health & Safety of the Nation
    U.S. Public Health Service (2021)
  • COVID-19 Pandemic Campaign Medal
    U.S. Public Health Service (2020)
  • Unit Citation, 2019 USPHS Symposium Planning Committee
    U.S. Public Health Service (2020)
  • Unit Citation, 2016 USPHS Symposium Planning Committee
    U.S. Public Health Service (2019)
  • Outstanding Unit Citation, CDC Zika Responders
    U.S. Public Health Service (2018)
  • Unit Citation, 2017 USPHS Symposium Planning Committee
    U.S. Public Health Service (2018)
  • Foreign Duty Award
    U.S. Public Health Service (2017)
  • Global Response Service Award
    U.S. Public Health Service (2017)
  • PHS Ebola Campaign Medal
    U.S. Public Health Service (2017)
  • Foreign Duty Award
    U.S. Public Health Service (2016)
  • Outstanding Committee Member of the Year
    Atlanta Commissioned Officers Foundation (2016)
  • Outstanding Unit Citation for Leadership During Ebola Outbreak
    U.S. Public Health Service (2016)
  • Achievement Medal for Leadership in the Design & Implementation of Influenza Surveillance in Haiti
    U.S. Public Health Service (2015)
  • Commissioned Corps Training Ribbon
    U.S. Public Health Service (2015)
  • Foreign Duty Award
    U.S. Public Health Service (2015)
  • Hazardous Duty Award for Service in Cote d’Ivoire
    U.S. Public Health Service (2015)
  • Influenza Division EIS Officer Award
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2015)
  • International Award for Performance in Responding to the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2015)
  • National Center for Emerging Infections and Zoonotic Disease Honor Award for Support and Leadership During the Ebola Epidemic
    U.S. Public Health Service (2015)
  • National Center for Emerging Infections and Zoonotic Disease Honor Award for Support and Leadership During the Ebola Epidemic
    U.S. Public Health Service (2015)
  • Outstanding Unit Citation for Response to MERS-CoV Cases
    U.S. Public Health Service (2015)
  • Presidential Unit Citation for Officer Support During Ebola Response
    U.S. Public Health Service (2015)
  • Regular Corps Ribbon
    U.S. Public Health Service (2015)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas
  • Commissioned Officers Association
  • Infectious Diseases Society of America
  • Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America