Olufunmilayo I. Olopade, M.D.

Walter L. Palmer Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and Human Genetics; Associate Dean, Global Health; Director, Center for Clinical Cancer Genetics & Global Health
University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center

Professor Olufunmilayo I. Olopade, M.D., is a physician scientist and practicing medical oncologist. She is the Walter L. Palmer Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and Human Genetics, Dean for Global Health and Director, Center for Clinical Cancer Genetics at The University of Chicago. Professor Olopade earned her medical degree from the University of Ibadan College of Medicine in Nigeria. She trained in internal medicine at Cook County Hospital in Chicago and in oncology, hematology and cancer genetics at the Joint Section of Hematology and Oncology at The University of Chicago.

A global leader in Medicine, Professor Olopade studies familial forms of cancers, molecular mechanisms of tumor progression, as well as genetic and non-genetic factors contributing to tumor progression in diverse populations. Her current laboratory research is focused on using whole genome technologies and bioinformatics to gain a deeper understanding of the genomic landscape of breast cancer. Professor Olopade is an expert in cancer risk assessment and individualized treatment for the most aggressive forms of breast cancer. The translational focus of her research is to develop innovative approaches to democratize access to quality precision health care, increase health equity and thereby improve cancer outcomes.

She has been elected to numerous honor societies including Phi Beta Kappa, the Nigerian Academy of Science, the Nigerian Leadership Initiative, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. Professor Olopade has received numerous honors and awards, including honorary degrees from Bowdoin University, Princeton University, North Central College and Dominican University; Doris Duke Distinguished Clinical Scientist and Exceptional Mentor Award; American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professorship; MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, Officer of the Order of the Niger Award, and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Freedom from Want Award.

Professor Olopade serves on the Board of Directors for the National Cancer Advisory Board, Susan G. Komen and the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

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