Olajide A. Williams

Dr. Olajide Williams obtained his medical degree from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He completed his neurology residency and neuromuscular fellowship programs at the Neurological Institute of New York, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, and received a master's degree from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. He is an associate professor of neurology at CUMC, director of acute stroke services at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, and chief of staff and chief medical officer of neurology at Columbia University.

Dr. Williams is a recognized international leader in stroke education and community-based behavioral intervention research. He is a co-principal investigator and co-director of one of four NIH/NINDS-funded SPIRP U54 Centers for Stroke Disparities Solutions awards and the Principal Investigator of an NIH R01-level award, "RCT to improve stroke symptom recognition and response," which evaluates the effectiveness of "Hip Hop Stroke," an innovative multimedia, school-based stroke education program he developed, that utilizes children as "transmission vectors" of stroke knowledge to their parents and grandparents. He is also the founder of Hip Hop Public Health, a nationally recognized organization that creates and implements multimedia public health interventions that target the youth around the topics of childhood obesity, Alzheimer's disease, and stroke.

Dr. Williams teaches a clinical practice course and a neuroscience course to medical students at the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, and he is a key clinician-educator, a member of the Virginia Apgar Teaching Academy, and mentor of neurology residents. He has published numerous scholarly articles including the book Stroke Diaries, and he has received many prestigious national, regional, and local awards: the New York City Health and Hospital Corporation Urban Health Award for mitigating health care disparities, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University Distinguished Teacher Award, Columbia University Department of Neurology Humanism in Neurology Award, a Gold Foundation Award for Humanism in Medicine and Excellence in Teaching, a National Humanism in Medicine Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges, American Heart Association Young Hearts Award, International Excellence in Medicine Award, New York City and State Proclamations and Citations, and he was included on Fast Company magazine's "100 most creative people in business" in 2012 and the ROOT 100 most influential list for 2012.

Board Certifications

  • Neurology

Areas of Expertise

  • Stroke
  • Acute Stroke
  • Cerebral Ischemia
  • Transient Ischemic Attack
  • Vascular/Stroke Neurology

Education and Training

  • University of Lagos College of Medicine (Nigeria)
  • Internship: Harlem Hospital Center
  • Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Irving Medical Center
  • Fellowship: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Irving Medical Center