Ransome Eke, MD, PhD, MCHES


  • MD, University of Benin School of Medicine
  • MPH, Community Health, Tulane University
  • PhD, Epidemiology, The University of Memphis
  • Residency, Family Medicine, Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital
  • Embedded Fellow, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Endocrinology, Greenville Children’s Hospital
  • Postdoctoral, Institute of Healthcare Advancement, Clemson University

Research Interest

Dr. Eke’s research focuses on chronic diseases and health outcomes, social and behavioral epidemiology, and epidemiologic methods. Specifically, his research focuses on chronic digestive disease conditions including: eosinophilic esophagitis, colorectal cancer and liver cancer and diabetes health outcome research in children and adults. Dr. Eke’s research interest also include the application of epidemiological and statistical concepts to understand how socio-demographic, spatial orientation, and health system characteristics influence health outcomes.

Selected Publications

  • A Blum & R Eke (2021). Tobacco control: all research, no action. The Lancet , 397 (10292), P2310-2311. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(21)01193-4
  • R Eke & E Dellon (2021). Hospitalization trends and determinants of inpatient costs for eosinophilic esophagitis patients in the United States: Results from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample Analysis. Annals of Gastroenterology, 34: 1-9. https://doi.org/10.20524/aog.2021.0638
  • R Eke, X Yang, KL Bond, C Hanson, C Jenkins, J Parton (2021). Health Care Utilization and Medicaid Spending in Children with Type 1 Diabetes in the Alabama Medicaid Program. Population Health Management. https://doi.org/10.1089/pop.2021.0042
  • Williams JE, Helsel B, Reynolds C, Stephens A, Dye C, Spitler H, Eke R (2021). Applications of Cognitive and Social Development Theory in Pediatric Type 1 Diabetes Case Management. J Pediatr & Child Health Care, 6(1): 1036. http://doi.org/10.26420/jpediatrchildhealthcare.2021.1036
  • Eke, R & Ogbonna Collins Nwabuko (2020). Hepatic-related hematologic disorders in children. Int J Child Health Human Development 2020;13(1) 21-32.
  • Eke R, L. T., Espinosa, J., Chou, J., Somnay, V., & Munene, G. (2019). Trends in surgery and disparities in receipt of surgery for intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma in the US: 2005–2014. Journal of gastrointestinal oncology, 10(2), 339. doi: 10.21037/jgo.2018.12.07
  • Eke, R., Tariq, T., Li, T., & Irfan, F. B. (2019). Colorectal cancer screening in hospitalized patients: results from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample. European Journal of Cancer Prevention, 28(5), 413-419. DOI: 10.1097/CEJ.0000000000000488
  • Eke, R., Li, T., White, A., Tariq, T., Markowitz, J., & Lenov, A. (2018). Systematic review of histological remission criteria in eosinophilic esophagitis. JGH Open, 2(4), 158-165. https://doi.org/10.1002/jgh3.12059
  • Greydanus, D. E., Agana, M., Kamboj, M. K., Shebrain, S., Soares, N., Eke, R., & Patel, D. R. (2018). Pediatric obesity: Current concepts. Disease-a-Month, 64(4), 98-156. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.disamonth.2017.12.001
  • Markowitz, J. E., Jobe, L., Miller, M., Frost, C., Laney, Z., & Eke, R. (2018). Safety and efficacy of reslizumab for children and adolescents with eosinophilic esophagitis treated for 9 years. Journal of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition, 66(6), 893-897. DOI: 10.1097/MPG.0000000000001840
  • Williams JE, Eke R, Frost C, Markowitz, J, Pargas RP (2017). Attitude and Beliefs About the Use of Mobile Technology to Improve Self-Management and Patient-Provider Communication Among a Sample of Pediatric Patients with Eosinophilic Esophagitis. Journal of the South Carolina Medical Association 113 (4), 129-168. Fall 2017 (Aug – Nov).

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  • A Vaccine Information Sharing Framework for Improving and Broadening Local Access and Equitable Allocation in Alabama (VISIBLE) (7/2021 – 6/2022)
    Source: Alabama Department of Public Health; $250,000
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    Aims: The goal of the VISIBLE project is to put Alabama in the best position to return to pre-COVID-19 normalcy through accounting from important lessons (e.g. develop effective systems for tracking distribution, under promise and over deliver in planning and communication efforts), and promoting the uptake of COVID-19 vaccinations through data science.
  • University of Alabama/Alabama Medicaid Research & Consulting Collaboration
    Source: UA and Alabama Medicaid Agency cost sharing (05/2019 – 02/2022)
    Role: Consultant/Co-Investigator
    Aim: A collaboration consortium between the University of Alabama institute of data and Analytics and the state of Alabama Medicaid Agency to promote research in low income population, quality analytics services, statistical modeling and interpretation of results, and make the necessary recommendations to facilitate quality measures into investigations involving Medicaid data.
  • A Pilot Study Assessing the Epidemiologic and Clinical Characteristics of High Utilizers of Emergency Services in Kalamazoo, Michigan. (01/2018 – 01/2019)
    Source: Office of Research, Western Michigan University School of Med pilot study grant; $5000
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Aim: The purpose of this research is to investigate frequent utilizers of emergency services in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and to develop interventions to minimize non-emergency ER visits.
  • A prospective study examining the effects of secondhand cigarette smoke exposure on Eosinophilic Esophagitis symptoms and outcomes. (10/2015 – 10/2016)
    Source: American College of Gastroenterology Smaller Programs Award; $25,000
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Aim: The primary aim of this project is to examine the associations between exposure to secondhand cigarette smoke and Eosinophilic Esophagitis symptoms and outcomes.
  • Feasibility of Eosinophilic Esophagitis follow-up care through telemedicine: A pilot study on patient’s Perspective. (11/2015 – 10/2016)
    Source: The South Carolina Telehealth Alliance – Telehealth Implementation and Evaluation Grant; $30,404.50
    Role: Principal Investigator

Professional Involvement

  • American College of Epidemiology
  • American College of Gastroenterology
  • American Diabetes Association
  • American Public Health Association
  • Royal Institute of Public Health
  • Society for Epidemiologic Research

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