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Kolawole S. Okuyemi, M.D., M.P.H.

Languages spoken: English

Academic Information

Departments: Family & Preventive Medicine - Professor

Academic Office Information

Board Certification

  • American Board of Family Medicine
  • Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates

Kola Okuyemi, M.D., M.P.H., is a board certified family medicine physician who specializes in acute and chronic diseases and full spectrum care for patients of all ages. He received his medical degree from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria. Dr. Okuyemi completed a family medicine residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center and obtained a master’s degree in public health while on the faculty at the University of Kansas. He also completed a research fellowship at Morehouse School of medicine, Atlanta, Georgia. His professional interests include improving the health of racial/ethnic minorities and other socio-economically disadvantaged individuals, addressing health disparities/equity, socio-cultural and behavioral risk factors impacting health outcomes, professional development and mentoring. In his leisure time, Dr. Okuyemi enjoys reading, exercise, and spending time with his family. He accepts most insurance plans. At this time, Dr. Okuyemi is not accepting new patients.

Research Statement

I am a physician scientist whose career over the past 20 years has been devoted to research and programs to improve the health of underserved populations and eliminate health disparities using pharmacological and culturally tailored interventions. Over this period, several NIH Institutes and Centers have continuously funded my work as PI or co-Investigator. I am currently PI of an NHLBI-funded (R01HL081522; 1997 till present). I have successfully mentored junior faculty, predoctoral, and postdoctoral scientists many of whom have gone on to successful biomedical research careers. Most recently, I was awarded a $22 million grant along with four other PIs for the NIH-funded (Common Fund) National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) which is a nationwide consortium of biomedical professionals and institutions collaborating to provide enhanced networking and mentorship experiences in support of the training and career development of trainees from diverse backgrounds in biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social science research careers. Within NRMN, I am PI and Director for the Professional Development Core that is creating and nationally disseminating transformative, high impact, professional development programs. My contributions to science as described in Section C of this Biosketch highlight my past work in these areas that are also relevant to current application. I therefore have the necessary training and experience to serve as PI for this application

Education History

Graduate Training University of Kansas School of Medicine
Public Health
Internship Leavenworth VA Medical Center
Research Intern
Research Fellow University of Kansas School of Medicine
Public Health
Research Fellow
Residency University of Kansas School of Medicine
Family Medicine
Research Fellow Morehouse School of Medicine
Community Health and Preventative Medicine
Research Fellow
Residency University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital
Internship University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital
Undergraduate University of Ilorin School of Medicine
M.B., B.S.

Global Impact