Olufunmilayo Olopade
Section of Hematology / Oncology
Professor of Medicine
Associate Dean for Global Health; Walter L. Palmer Distinguished Service Professor; Director, Center for Clinical Cancer Genetics
Referring Physician Access Line: 1-877-DOM-2730

Training

DegreeYearInstitutionArea
MD1980University of Ibadan 
Residency1986Cook County HospitalInternal Medicine
Residency1986Cook County HospitalChief Resident
Fellowship1991The University of ChicagoHematology/Oncology

Academic Interests

A 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 develop innovative approaches to democratize precision health care for all and thereby reduce global health disparities. Dr. Olopade is an expert in 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 stresses comprehensive risk reducing strategies and prevention in high-risk populations, as well as earlier detection through advanced imaging technologies. 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 Award. 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.


Clinical Interests

Breast cancer, cancer risk assessment, cancer prevention and general hematology and medical oncology.


Representative Publications

  1. Qian F, Feng Y, Zheng Y, Ogundiran TO, Ojengbede O, Zheng W, Blot W, Ambrosone CB, John EM, Bernstein L, Hu JJ, Ziegler RG, Nyante S, Bandera EV, Ingles SA, Press MF, Nathanson KL, Hennis A, Nemesure B, Ambs S, Kolonel LN, Olopade OI, Haiman CA, Huo D. Genetic variants in microRNA and microRNA biogenesis pathway genes and breast cancer risk among women of African ancestry. Hum Genet. 2016 Oct;135(10):1145-59. doi: 10.1007/s00439-016-1707-1. Epub 2016 Jul 5. PMID: 27380242
  2. Huo D, Hu H, Rhie SK, Gamazon ER, Cherniack AD, Liu J, Yoshimatsu TF, Pitt JJ, Hoadley KA, Troester M, Ru Y, Lichtenberg T, Sturtz LA, Shelley CS, Benz CC, Mills GB, Laird PW, Shriver CD, Perou CM, Olopade OI. Comparison of Breast Cancer Molecular Features and Survival by African and European Ancestry in The Cancer Genome Atlas. JAMA Oncol. 2017 May 4. doi: 10.1001/jamaoncol.2017.0595. PMID: 28472234
  3. Wang S, Huo D, Kupfer S, Alleyne D, Ogundiran TO, Ojengbede O, Zheng W, Nathanson KL, Nemesure B, Ambs S, Olopade OI, Zheng Y. Genetic Variation in the Vitamin D Related Pathway and Breast Cancer Risk in Women of African Ancestry in the Root Consortium. Int J Cancer. 2017 Sep 10. PMID: 28891071
  4. Daly B, Olopade OI, Hou N, Yao K, Winchester DJ, Huo D. Evaluation of the Quality of Adjuvant Endocrine Therapy Delivery for Breast Cancer Care in the United States. JAMA Oncol. 2017 Feb 2. doi: 10.1001/jamaoncol.2016.6380. PMID: 28152150
  5. Rugo HS, Olopade OI, DeMichele A, Yau C, van 't Veer LJ, Buxton MB, Hogarth M, Hylton NM, Paoloni M, Perlmutter J, Symmans WF, Yee D, Chien AJ, Wallace AM, Kaplan HG, Boughey JC. Adaptive Randomization of Veliparib-Carboplatin Treatment in Breast Cancer. N Engl J Med. 2016 Jul 7;375(1):23-34. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1513749. PMID: 27406347



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