Dr. Owen J. Pyke Jr. gravitated towards medicine early in his academic career as he found it offered a unique path towards serving the community and life long learning in the sciences. Dr. Pyke graduated from Amherst College with a degree in Neuroscience. He then completed his graduate studies in Public Health and a joint MD/MBA degree at Stony Brook University. Dr. Pyke continues to have a special interest in the study of disease on both a population and individual level. As a field that stands at the trifurcation of medicine, engineering, and business, Dr. Pyke found that surgery uniquely encompassed all the areas of his professional interest.
Dr. Pyke’s knowledge of the fact that weight loss surgery can bring resolution to comorbidities, such as type 2 diabetes mellitus, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and obstructive sleep apnea, resulting in a reduction in overall mortality, made this field an obvious choice for him. Dr. Pyke completed rigorous training in general surgery at Stony Brook University Medical Center, which has equipped him well to compassionately care for patients both operatively and non-operatively. During his time at Stony Brook, Dr. Pyke’s areas of research interest broadened to include health literacy, surgical education, global surgery, and obesity surgery, particularly in the management of anastomotic ulcers.
During his residency, Dr. Pyke was chosen to attend a University-sponsored, multidisciplinary conference in Ghana, West Africa, where he served as the co-chair of sessions between physicians from the United States and Ghana. These sessions resulted in the exchange of research ideas, practice norms, and highlighted areas of potential collaboration. He had previously completed a seven-week clinical rotation in Ghana as a medical student and was eager to return armed with the skills and knowledge he had acquired in residency. During his surgical residency, Dr. Pyke was also elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society in recognition of his contributions to medical student education. Following residency, he went on to complete with his fellowship training in Bariatric, Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery at NYU Winthrop Hospital, under the tutelage of Drs Colin Brathwaite and Jun Levine.
Dr. Pyke was born in Jamaica, the youngest of 4 children, and migrated to the United States at an early age. He benefitted from having 2 older siblings who pursued careers in Medicine as his earliest role models. Dr. Pyke was raised in Queens and Long Island and is pleased to now be providing surgical services to the greater NYC metro and Long Island communities. Dr. Pyke is happily married to Dr. Chantae Sullivan-Pyke; the couple first met at Amherst College.