Olufunmilayo I. Olopade, M.D., F.A.C.P., O.O.N.

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

Education:
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

Bio:

Walter L. Palmer Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and Human Genetics and founding director of the Center for Clinical Cancer Genetics and Global Health at the University of Chicago Medical Center, Funmi Olopade's research is focused on gaining a better understanding of the root causes and genomic basis of cancer in diverse populations. She has published extensively on genetics and non-genetic risk factors for breast cancer and is internationally renowned for her seminal work in inherited cancer syndromes and clinical expertise in early detection and prevention of breast cancer in high risk women. Olopade mapped genes frequently altered in cancer and has characterized and dissected molecular pathways defining aggressive forms of breast cancer in women of African ancestry. A distinguished scholar and mentor, Olopade has received numerous honors and awards, including honorary degrees, such as the Franklin Roosevelt Freedom from Want Medal, The Order of Lincoln, Office of the Order of the Niger and a 2005 MacArthur Fellowship for "translating findings on the molecular genetics of breast cancer in African and African-American women into innovative clinical practices in the United States and abroad".  

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.  She serves as director on several Civic and Corporate Boards.