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
Professor of Medicine, Section of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep
Director, International Programs, Pritzker School of Medicine
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.