- Associate Professor of Neurology
Current Administrative Positions
- Chief of Staff of Neurology
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 Medical Center, and received a Masters 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 currently Chief of Staff/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 multi-media 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 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 such as: 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 magazines 100 most creative people in business in 2012 and the ROOT 100 most influential list for 2012.
- Department of Neurology
Division of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease
Education and Training
- University of Lagos College of Medicine (Nigeria)
- Internship: Harlem Hospital Center
- Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center
- Fellowship: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center
Global Health Activities
Executive Board of Directors - World Neurology Foundation
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 - Feb 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
CENTER FOR 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
CENTER FOR 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
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