Dr. Nwariaku joined the division in December 1998 as an assistant professor. He is currently a professor in the Department of Surgery. He received his M.D. in Nigeria in 1987 and began his general surgery residency at UT Southwestern in July 1991. He served a two-year fellowship here from 1993 through 1995 and completed his residency in 1998. His area of expertise is in minimally-invasive endocrine surgery,specifically laparoscopic adrenalectomy,thyroid and parathyroid surgery and his focus is on continuing development of an endocrine surgical program at UT Southwestern Medical Center.


Medical School
University of Ibadan (1987)
Baptist Medical Center-Nigeria (1988), Transitional Year
Baptist Medical Center-Nigeria (1991), Surgery
UT Southwestern Medical School (1993), General Surgery
UT Southwestern Medical School (1995), Research
UT Southwestern Medical School (1998), General Surgery

Research Interest

  • Adrenal Tumors and Cancer
  • Angiogenesis
  • Endothelial Signaling
  • Parathyroid Hormone Effects on Bone
  • Thyroid Cancer


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Subcellular Targeting of Oxidants during Endothelial Migration
Wu RF, Xu YC, Ma Z, Nwariaku FE, Sarosi GA, Terada LS Journal of Cell Biology December 2005 171(5) 893-904
Direct phosphorylation of proliferative and survival pathway proteins by RET
Panta GR, Du L, Nwariaku FE, Kim LT Surgery August 2005 138(2) 269-74
Inframanubrial parathyroid glands in patients with primary hyperparathyroidism: alternatives to sternotomy
Nwariaku FE, Snyder WH III, Burkey SH, Watumull L, Mathews D World Journal of Surgery April 2005 29(4) 491-4
NADPH oxidase mediates vascular endothelial cadherin phosphorylation and endothelial dysfunction
Nwariaku FE, Liu Z, Zhu X, Nahari D, Ingle C, Wu RF, Gu Y, Sarosi GA, Terada LS Blood November 2004 104(10) 3214-20

Honors & Awards

  • Australia and New Zealand Chapter of the American College of Surgeons Traveling Fellowship Award
    American College of Surgeons (2008)
  • Malcolm O. Perry, MD
    Professorship in Surgery (2007)
  • Resident Teaching Award
    University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (1998)
  • Academic Excellence Award
    University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (1996)
  • Educational Scholarship Award
    Society of Critical Care Medicine (1995)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Association for Cancer Research
  • American Association of Endocrine Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons, Fellow
  • Association for Academic Surgery
  • Society of University Surgeons