J. NWANDO OLAYIWOLA
J. Nwando Olayiwola, MD, MPH, FAAFP, (@DrNwando) is the CEO and founder of Inspire Health Solutions LLC, creator of the “Minority Women Professionals are MVPs” program and the founder of the Association of Minority Women Professionals. The proud daughter of Nigerian immigrant parents, she is an internationally renowned primary care physician, leader, author and change agent. Dr. Olayiwola is also a practicing family physician, Associate Physician and Clinical Instructor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, Faculty Affiliate in Global Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and Instructor in the Center for Family and Community Medicine at Columbia University. In March 2017, she became the inaugural Chief Clinical Transformation Officer for RubiconMD, a health technology company that uses electronic consultations to expand access to specialist expertise for patients and primary care providers in the United States and now in Africa. Dr. Olayiwola has been a longstanding ambassador for diversity, inclusion and equity for minorities and women. She was the founder and CEO of GIRLTALK, Inc., a New York based nonprofit that focused on providing HIV/AIDS and sexual health education, as well as peer leadership training, to at-risk adolescent minority women in schools in the United States and West Africa. Her first book, Half Woman, raised awareness about the stigmas faced by women in some cultures in Nigeria who do not bear male children. She served as an appointed member of the Minority Women’s Panel of Health Experts for the Office on Women’s Health (DHHS) from 2005-2012. Dr. Olayiwola also served as the national spokesperson for Text4baby, a national program of Johnson & Johnson to provide evidence-based health education and tools to women in lower socioeconomic groups and of racial and ethnic minority backgrounds during pregnancy and postpartum periods. She is on numerous boards of organizations that aim to improve health and health care in the United States and globally. In 2016, Dr. Olayiwola received the prestigious Chancellor’s Award for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership at UCSF. She was a Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellow in Minority Health Policy at Harvard Medical School from 2004 to 2005. During this fellowship and leadership training, she received her master’s degree in public health with a concentration in health policy from the Harvard School of Public Health, also as a Presidential Scholar. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Human Nutrition/PreMedicine at the Ohio State University, Summa Cum Laude and With Distinction, and her medical degree from the Ohio State University/Cleveland Clinic Foundation. She completed her residency training in family medicine at Columbia University/New York Presbyterian Hospital, where she was a Chief Resident. She is widely published in peer reviewed journals and is the author of 4 books, Half Woman, Medicine is Not a Job, Minority Women Professionals (MWPs) are MVPs and Papaya Head: The Life Cycles of a First-Generation Daughter. She is a mentor to countless women, a wife and the mother of two beautiful children.