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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

Locations

  • Neurological Institute of New York

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

Provider Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia

This provider accepts new patients

Appointment Phone Number: (212) 305-1710

Global Health Activities

Executive Board of Directors - World Neurology Foundation

NIH Grants

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

    Mar 1 2016 - Feb 28 2021

    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