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Funmi Olopade

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October 16: Funmi Olopade
Funmi Olopade; Physician and Scientist
Specialty: Hematology/Oncology, with a focus on breast cancer Education University of Ibadan in Nigeria (M.D.) Where she did her residency: Cook County Hospital in Chicago



As a physician and scientist, Dr. Olufunmilayo Olopade epitomizes the "bench to bedside" philosophy in her application of scientific discoveries to clinical medicine. As an internationally recognized hematologist/oncologist, Dr. Olopade specializes in cancer risk assessment, prevention, early detection, and treatment of aggressive breast cancer that disproportionately affects young women.



Dr. Olopade received her medical degree with distinction from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. She came to the United States as a resident in internal medicine at Cook County Hospital, Chicago, where she was named chief medical resident. She then completed her postdoctoral fellowship training in the Section of Hematology/Oncology at the University of Chicago and became founding director of the Center for Clinical Cancer Genetics and Global Health in 1992. In addition, Dr. Olopade collaborates with clinicians and scientists around the world to reduce the global burden of cancer and improve health in resource-poor nations. For her efforts, she was recently named Associate Dean for Global Health at the University of Chicago.



As a mentor to many young students and medical fellows, Dr. Olopade effectively disseminates the benefits of her work, inspires students and colleagues, and is a role model for women scientists worldwide. She is also the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the James S. McDonnell Foundation Scholar Award, the Doris Duke Distinguished Clinical Scientist Award, and a 2005 MacArthur Fellowship "Genius" Grant. In 2008, Dr. Olopade was inducted into the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.