Olajide A. Williams, MD

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Neurology

Current Administrative Positions

  • Chief of Staff of Neurology
Olajide A. Williams, MD

Olajide Williams, MD, MS is a Professor and Chief of Staff of the Department of Neurology at the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. A specialist in the treatment of stroke and cerebrovascular diseases, Dr. Williams is also an attending physician at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and a clinical neurologist at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. He attained his medical degree from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, and completed his neurology residency and neuromuscular fellowship training at The Neurological Institute of New York. Dr. Williams also holds a Master of Science degree from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

Dr. Williams is a world-renowned leader in stroke disparities and community-based behavioral intervention research. He is founder and chair of Hip Hop Public Health, an internationally recognized organization that creates and implements multimedia public health interventions that target and engage young people in the health of their families and communities. He is a principal investigator of multiple NIH investigator-initiated awards, including a Center for Stroke Disparities Solutions in New York.

An influential clinician-educator, Dr. Williams is a member of the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons (VP&S) Virginia Apgar Academy of Medical Educators, and an inaugural member of the VP&S Academy of Community and Public Service. In addition to teaching courses on clinical practice and neuroscience to VP&S medical students, he is actively engaged in addressing healthcare disparities and promoting greater diversity and inclusion in academic medicine. Dr. Williams is co-director of the Columbia Wellness Center, where he leads pioneering initiatives including the Community Health Worker Stroke Prevention program and the Tailored Approaches to Stroke Health Education research program.

Dr. Williams has published numerous scholarly articles, including the book "Stroke Diaries", and received many prestigious international, national, and regional awards, such as the European Stroke Research Foundation Investigator of the Year award, two-time Columbia University Outstanding Teacher of the Year award for the Major Clinical Year, 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, and New York Magazine's Best Doctors list. He sits on several nonprofit boards including the Board of Directors for the Partnership for a Healthier America, whose honorary chair is former First Lady Michelle Obama.

Departmental Appointments

  • Department of Neurology
    Division of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease

Education and Training

  • University of Lagos College of Medicine (Nigeria)
  • 1994 College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria
  • Internship: Harlem Hospital Center
  • Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center
  • Residency: 2001 NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical C
  • Fellowship: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center
  • Fellowship: 2002 NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical C

Lab Locations

  • CUMC/Neurological Institute of New York

    710 West 168th Street
    New York, NY 10032
    Phone:
    (212) 305-1319

Contact Info

  • OW11@cumc.columbia.edu

Global Health Activities

Executive Board of Directors - World Neurology Foundation

NIH Grants

  • EFFECT OF AN INTEGRATED NUTRITION-MATH CURRICULUM TO IMPROVE FOOD PURCHASING BEHAVIOR OF CHILDREN (Federal Gov)

    Sep 24 2018 - Jun 30 2023

    OLD SCHOOL HIP HOP: A RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL TO IMPROVE DEMENTIA KNOWLEDGE (Federal Gov)

    Sep 30 2017 - Apr 30 2022

    CLINICAL AND TRANSLATIONAL SCIENCE AWARD (Federal Gov)

    Jul 1 2016 - May 31 2021

    STATEWIDE DISSEMINATION OF A SCHOOL-BASED PUBLIC STROKE EDUCATION INTERVENTION (Federal Gov)

    Mar 1 2016 - Mar 28 2021

    ASSESSING A STROKE HOMEHEALTH AIDE RECOVERY PROGRAM (SHARP) AS A POTENTIAL HIGH IMPACT STRATEGY FOR IMPROVING IN FUNCTIONAL MOBILITY AFTER STROKE (Federal Gov)

    Sep 11 2017 - Aug 31 2019

    CHRONIC INITIATIVE - HARLEM HIP HOP H.E.A.L.S (NY Local Gov)

    Jul 1 2017 - Jun 30 2018

    RCT: THE EFFECTS OF A NOVEL INTERVENTION TO IMPROVE STROKE SYMPTOM RECOGNITION (Federal Gov)

    Sep 1 2010 - Aug 31 2016

    CENTERFOR STROKE DISAPARITIES SOLUTION, PROJECT III (Federal Gov)

    Sep 30 2012 - Aug 31 2016

    CENTER FOR STROKE DISPARITIES SOLUTION (CORE A) (Federal Gov)

    Sep 30 2012 - Aug 31 2016

    CENTERFOR STROKE DISPARITIES SOLUTION, PROJECT III (Federal Gov)

    Sep 1 2013 - Aug 31 2015

    HARLEM HOSPITAL AFFILIATION CONTRACT - GENERAL (NY Local Gov)

    Jul 1 2005 - Jun 30 2008

Publications

Gutierrez J, Williams O. A decade of racial and ethnic stroke disparities in the US. Neurology. 2014 Mar 25;82(12):1080-2

Williams O, Hecht M, DeSorbo A, Huq S, Gerin W, Noble J. The effect of a novel video game on stroke knowledge of 9-10 year old low-income children. Stroke. Stroke. 2014 Mar;45(3):889-92.

Williams O, DeSorbo A, Noble J, Gerin W. Child Mediated Stroke Communication: Findings from Hip Hop Stroke. Stroke 2012, 43:163-169

Williams O, DeSorbo A, Shafer M, Noble J, Gerin W. Long-term learning of stroke knowledge among low-income children: Findings from Hip Hop Stroke. Neurology Aug 2012 79 (8) 802-806

Cohn E, Araujo C, Sawyer V, Larson E, *Williams O. Calorie postings in chain restaurants in a low-income urban neighborhood: measuring practical and legislative compliance. Journal of Urban Health. vol. 89 issue 4 August 2012. p. 587 - 597

DeSorbo A, Noble J, Shafer M, Gerin W, *Williams O. The use of an audience response system in an elementary school based health education program. Health Educ Behav. 2012 Oct 19.

Willey J, Williams O, Boden-Albala B. Stroke Literacy in Central Harlem: a high risk population. Neurology. 2009 Dec 8; 73(23): 1950-6

Williams O, Noble JM. "Hip-Hop" Stroke: A Stroke Educational Program for Elementary School Children Living in a High-Risk Community. Stroke. 2008 Oct; 39(10): 2809-16.

Lo TS, Williams O*. Unilateral acroparesthesias: an unusual presentation of an acute stroke. Neurology 2006:22; 67 (4): E9

Williams O. African Americans and Stroke: a public health crisis. Med-Gen-Med 2006:10;8(1): 65-66.

Williams O. Brust JCM. Hypertensive Encephalopathy. Curr Treat Options Cardiovasc Med. 2004 Jun; 6(3): 209-216

DeSorbo A, Noble J, Shaffer M, Noble J, Gerin W, Williams O.The Perception of Food Purchase influence among African American Child-Parent Dyads. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice. In Press

Noble J, Hedmann M, Williams O. Improving dementia health literacy using the FLOW mnemonic: pilot findings from the Old S.C.H.O.O.L. Hip Hop Program. Health Ed & Behavior. In Press

Marilyn M Rymer, Craig Anderson, Masafumi Harada, Jozef Jarosz, Ning Ma, Howard Rowley, Debbie Summers, Kylie Tastula, Olajide Williams, Natan Bornstein. Acute stroke: How can we improve and measure outcomes? Consensus summary from a global stroke forum. Acta Scandinavia. In Press

For a complete list of publications, please visit PubMed.gov