Olajide Williams, MD

Principal Investigator, Co-Director of the Center for Stroke Disparities Solutions, Project 3 Leader

Jide WilliamsOlajide Williams, MD, graduated from the University of Lagos Medical School in Nigeria and the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. He did his residency training in Neurology and Fellowship training in neuromuscular disease at Columbia University Medical Center. He is currently Chief of Staff and Chief Medical Officer of Neurology at Columbia University where he is also an Associate Professor of Neurology. Dr. Williams is a practicing physician at New York Presbyterian Hospital where he is Director of Acute Stroke Services. He is the Founder of Hip Hop Public Health, an organization committed to the development of innovative multimedia solutions for health behavior change in high-risk communities using hip-hop music. He is an expert in stroke and his research is focused on reducing stroke disparities. Dr. Williams’s work is funded by the NINDS, NYCDOH, NYSDOH, and US Department of Education. He is a national spokesperson for the American Stroke Association, a participant on White House roundtables on health, and a recipient of numerous State and National honors including a New York State Proclamation, a Congressional Citation, a National Humanism in Medicine award from the Association of American Medical Colleges, and a Distinguished Teacher award from Columbia University. In 2012, Dr Williams was named to Fast Company magazine’s 100 most creative people list and the Root 100 most influential black people in America list.