Olufunmilayo I. Olopade, MD, FACP

UChicago Faculty Physicians

Olufunmilayo I. Olopade, MD, FACP

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

Olufunmilayo I. Olopade, MD, FACP, is an expert in cancer risk assessment and individualized treatment for the most aggressive forms of breast cancer, having developed novel management strategies 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 internationally renowned for her expertise in breast cancer, and her research has advanced early detection, treatment and prevention of breast cancer in women at high risk for the disease. A distinguished scholar and mentor, Olopade has received numerous honors and awards including honorary degrees from six universities and a 2005 MacArthur Fellowship (“Genius grant”) 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.” She serves as a director on several Civic and Corporate Boards.

Dr. Olopade has received numerous honors and awards, including honorary degrees from North Central, Dominican, Bowdoin and Princeton universities. She is also a recipient of the Doris Duke Distinguished Clinical Scientist and Exceptional Mentor Award, an American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professorship, a MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Fellowship and Officer of the Order of the Niger Award. Dr. Olopade is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. She currently serves on the board of directors for the American Board of Internal Medicine, the National Cancer Advisory Board, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Cancer IQ and the Lyric Opera.

Areas of Expertise

Board Certifications

  • Medical Oncology
  • Hematology
  • Internal Medicine

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • Nigerian Medical Association
  • National Cancer Advisory Board
  • Human Genome Organisation
  • American Association of University Professors
  • American Society of Hematology
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • American Society of Breast Disease
  • American Society of Preventive Oncology
  • American Society for Clinical Investigation
  • American Philosophical Society
  • American College of Physicians
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Association for Cancer Research
  • Women in Cancer Research
  • National Academy of Medicine

Practicing Since

  • 1980

Languages Spoken

  • Yoruba
  • English

Medical Education

  • University of Ibadan College of Medicine

Internship

  • John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County

Residency

  • John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County

Fellowship

  • University of Chicago Medicine

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