Olufunmilayo I. Olopade, M.D., FACP, OON

Olufunmilayo I Olopade, M.D., FACP, OON

Walter L. Palmer Distinguished Service Professor, Departments of Medicine & Human Genetics

Director, Center for Global Health, The University of Chicago

University of Ibadan College of Medicine, Ibadan, Nigeria with Distinction in Pathology & Pediatrics
University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria
Internship (1984) – Cook County Hospital of Chicago
Residency (1986) – Cook County Hospital of Chicago
University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine


Dr. Olopade, a board certified internist and medical oncologist, is the Walter L. Palmer Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and Human Genetics, and Director, Center for Global Health 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 world-renowned 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 define the genetic architecture of breast cancer in women of African Ancestry.

Dr. Olopade is an expert in comprehensive 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 is a proponent for population risk stratification in order to deliver high quality cancer care and prevention at reduced costs.

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 Medal. 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.