Olufunmilayo I. Olopade, MD, FACP

UChicago Faculty Physicians

Olufunmilayo I. Olopade, MD, FACP

Walter L. Palmer Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine
Professor of Human Genetics
Professor of Comprehensive Cancer Research Center 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.”

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, the American Philosophical Society and the National Academy of Sciences. 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

  • Internal Medicine
  • Medical Oncology

Memberships & Medical Societies

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

Practicing Since

  • 1980

Languages Spoken

  • Yoruba
  • English

Medical Education

  • University of Ibadan

Internship

  • University College Hospital; 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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  • Multiplan PPO
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  • United Choice Plus POS/PPO
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  • University of Chicago Health Plan (UCHP)

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