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Olajide A. Williams, MD

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

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.

Departmental Appointments

  • Department of Neurology
    Division of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease

Board Certifications

  • Neurology

Areas of Expertise

  • Stroke
  • Acute Stroke
  • Cerebral Ischemia
  • Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
  • Vascular/Stroke Neurology

Education & 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


  • Neurological Institute of New York

    710 West 168th Street
    Floor: 7
    New York, NY 10032
    (212) 305-1319
    For new and current patient appointments, call:
    (212) 305-1710

Provider Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia

Insurance Programs

Please contact the provider's office directly to verify that your particular insurance is accepted.

  • AARP [Medicare Managed Care]
  • Aetna [EPO, HMO, Medicare Managed Care, NY Signature, POS, PPO, Signature Administrators, Student Health]
  • Affinity [Access (Exchange), Essential Plan, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]
  • Amida Care [Special Needs Plan]
  • Blue Shield [New Jersey]
  • Cigna [EPO, Great West, HMO, POS, PPO]
  • Emblem/GHI [HMO, Medicare Managed Care, PPO]
  • Emblem/HIP [ConnectiCare, EPO, Essential Plan, HMO, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO, Select Care (Exchange), Vytra]
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield [Blue Priority, EPO, HMO, Indemnity, Medicare (Mediblue), Medicare Managed Care, NYP Employee Plan, Pathway (Exchange), POS, PPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HealthPlus [Child/Family Health Plus, Essential Plan, Medicaid Managed Care]
  • Fidelis Care [Child/Family Health Plus, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]
  • Healthfirst [Child/Family Health Plus, Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]
  • Local 1199 [Local 1199]
  • MagnaCare [MagnaCare]
  • Medicare [Traditional Medicare (NY)]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom, Liberty, Medicare Managed Care]
  • UnitedHealthcare [Columbia University Employee Plan, EPO, Essential Plan, HMO, Medicaid (Community Plan), Medicare Managed Care, POS, PPO]
  • VNSNY CHOICE [SelectHealth]
  • WellCare [Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare Managed Care]

This provider accepts new patients

Appointment Phone Number: (212) 305-1710

Global Health Activities

Executive Board of Directors - World Neurology Foundation

NIH Grants


    Mar 1 2016 - Feb 28 2021


    Sep 30 2012 - Aug 31 2016


    Sep 30 2012 - Aug 31 2016


    Sep 1 2013 - Aug 31 2015


    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

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