Olufunmilayo Olopade, M.D., has been named one of six Illinoisans who will receive the 2019 Order of Lincoln. The award is the state’s highest honor for professional accomplishments and public service. Gov. Bruce Rauner announced the recipients on Thursday, July 12.
Dr. Olopade, the Walter L. Palmer Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and Human Genetics, Associate Dean for Global Health, and Director of the Center for Clinical Cancer Genetics, came to the University of Chicago Medicine in 1987 and quickly built a reputation as an expert on cancer risk assessment and individualized treatment for the most aggressive forms of breast cancer, with a focus on risk reduction, early detection and prevention in high-risk populations.