Leadership

Olufunmilayo Olopade, MD, FACP

Director, Center for Global Health, Associate Dean for Global Health, 
Walter L. Palmer Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine, 
Director, Center for Clinical Cancer Genetics

Dr. Olopade, a board certified internist and medical oncologist, 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. Dr. 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 leader in cancer genetics, Dr. Olopade studies familial forms of cancers, molecular mechanisms of tumor progression in high-risk individuals 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 develop innovative approaches to democratize precision health care for all and thereby reduce global health disparities. Dr. Olopade is an expert in cancer risk assessment and individualized treatment for the most aggressive forms of breast cancer based on an understanding of the altered genes in individual patients. She stresses comprehensive risk reducing strategies and prevention in high-risk populations, as well as earlier detection through advanced imaging technologies. Dr. Olopade is an at-large member of the American Board of Internal Medicine Board of Directors. She is also an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. She 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 Nigeria Award, and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Freedom from Want Award. Dr. Olopade currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Cancer Advisory Board, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Lyric Opera

C. Sola Olopade, MD, MPH


Associate Director, Clinical Programs, Center for Global Health, 
Professor of Medicine, Section of Pulmonary/Critical Care

Dr. Olopade is Professor of Medicine and Director of International Programs at the Pritzker School of Medicine and Clinical Director of the Center for Global Health at the University of Chicago. Dr. Olopade is a highly skilled pulmonary, critical care, and sleep specialist with research and clinical interests in asthma, chronic obstructive lung diseases, bronchiectasis, and eosinophilic lung diseases. His research addresses the impact of environmental and genetic factors on asthma and evaluates the extent, impact, and preventive strategies for mitigating the health effects of exposure of women and children to indoor air pollution from biomass in rural and urban settings, specifically targeting vulnerable populations in Nigeria and Bangladesh. Dr. Olopade is the recipient of many honors and awards, including the American College of Chest Physicians Humanitarian Award for his work on stemming the spread of HIV/AIDS among University Students in Nigeria in 2006 and again in 2010 for his work in highlighting the dangers of indoor pollution from biomass in the rural poor in Nigeria. He is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and the American College of Physicians was the American College of Chest Physicians’ Governor for the State of Illinois from 2006 to 2010. Since 2007, Best Doctors Inc. has named Dr. Olopade one of the “Best Doctors in America” in pulmonary diseases. Dr. Olopade was named Mentor of the Year at University of Illinois at Chicago in 2009. He graduated from the University of Ibadan in 1980 and was recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus in 2011. Dr. Olopade was the inaugural President of the Nigeria Higher Education Foundation from 2004 to 2009.

Habibul Ahsan, MD, MMedSc


Associate Director, Research, Center for Global Health
, Professor, Epidemiology, Director, Center for Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention

Dr. Ahsan’s research interests focus on the interplay between environmental and genetic factors in cancer and exploiting this information in cancer prevention in humans.  He published extensively on the molecular epidemiology of carcinogenic effects of arsenic exposure and also on the molecular and genetic epidemiology of hormonal etiology of breast cancer. His ongoing NIH-funded major research projects include: 1) a genome-wide association study to identify novel genes for early-onset breast cancer among 6,000 breast cancer cases and population/sister controls; 2) a prospective cohort study of 15,000 men and women in Bangladesh to investigate the intermediate- and long-term carcinogenic effects of environmental arsenic exposure from drinking water; 3) genetic susceptibility to arsenic-induced pre-malignant skin lesions and skin cancers among 3,000 cases and controls; and 4) a randomized clinical trial of vitamin E and selenium among 6,000 individuals with pre-malignant skin lesions for the prevention of cancers and deaths.

Brian Callender, MD


Assistant Director, Clinical and Education Programs, Center for Global Health, Assistant Professor, Section of Hospital Medicine, Department of Medicine

Dr. Callender is Assistant Director of Clinical and Education Programs for Center for Global Health and Assistant Professor in the Section of Hospital Medicine. Dr. Callender is a graduate of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and completed his Internal Medicine residency training at the University of Chicago Medicine. He is Co-Director of the Global Health Scholars Track for the Scholarship & Discovery thread of the curriculum at the Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Callender is also an active member of the steering committee and medical education subcommittee for the University of Chicago’s Center for Global Health where he assists with the global health course and curriculum development. Furthermore, Dr. Callender serves as a career advisor for several students at Pritzker.