Dr Olajide Williams is the Founder and Board Chair of Hip Hop Public Health. He is the Chief of Staff of the Department of Neurology of Columbia University where he has a clinical practice and co-Director of Columbia University’s Wellness Center.
He is also an Associate Professor at Columbia University and teaches a neuroscience class to medical students. An NIH-funded researcher, Dr. Williams is a leading health disparities expert with a body of research focused on community-based behavioral interventions.
Dr. Williams has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles including the book “Stroke Diaries” and “Handbook of Neurological Therapeutics” both of which were published by Oxford University Press. He has received numerous local, regional, national, and international honors for his public health work, his scholarly activities, teaching, and his patient care, including a European Stroke Research Foundation Investigator of the Year award, Columbia University Distinguished Teacher Award, American Heart Association’s Trailblazer award, and a National Humanism in Medicine award from the Association of American Medical Colleges.
Dr. Williams has been named on Fast Company Magazine’s 100 Most Creative People list, Root 100’s most influential Blacks in America list, Ad Age’s Creative 50, BETs “A” list, and New York Magazine’s Best Doctors list. He is on the Board of Directors for the Partnership for a Healthier America, a bipartisan nonprofit organization whose honorary chair is former First Lady Michelle Obama.