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Kola Okuyemi, MD, MPH

FM K OkuyemiAppointment



Program in Health Disparities Research, Director


Smoking cessation, cancer prevention, minority health, health disparities, community engagement


MD, University of Ilorin
MPH, University of Kansas

Bio Summary

Okuyemi has devoted his career to improving the health of minorities and eliminating health disparities using pharmacological and culturally tailored behavioral interventions. He has received funding for research and educational programs from NIH and private foundations totaling $28 million and mentored a large number of faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate and undergraduate students. As director of the Medical School Program in Health Disparities, he leads a dynamic interdisciplinary team of more than 25 junior, mid-career, and senior health disparities research scientists.

Contact Information

717 Delaware St SE, Ste 166
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Current Grants

2014-19, NIH, PI, "Enhancing Smoking Cessation in Homeless Populations"

2013-18, NIH, co-investigator, "National Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center for African American Men’s Health"

2011-16, NCI, multiple PI, “Cancer-Related Health Disparities Education and Career Development Program”

2013-15, National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities, co-investigator, "Promoting Health and Positive Youth Development for Somali, Latino, and Hmong Youth"

2010-15, NIH/NCI, co-investigator, "Mechanisms of Ethnic/Racial Differences in Lung Cancer due to Cigarette Smoking"

2010-15, NCI, PI, "Minnesota Community Networks Center for Eliminating Cancer Disparities"

2009-14, NIH/NCI, PI, “A Randomized Trial to Improve Tobacco Cessation Skills among Medical Students”

2011-14, NIH/NCI, PI, “Culturally Specific Interventions and Acculturation in African American Smokers”

2013-14, NIH, PI, "Leveraging Best Practices in Mentoring from the Collective Experience of CNPCs"

2013-14, ClearWay Minnesota, PI, “Evaluation of Cessation Treatment Preferences of Menthol Smokers”

Recent Publications

Businelle MS, Kendzor DE, Kesh A, Cuate EL, Poonawalla IB, Reitzel LR, Okuyemi KS, Wetter DW. Small financial incentives increase smoking cessation in homeless smokers: a pilot study. Addictive Behaviors. 2014;39(3):717-20.

Stahre MA, Toomey TL, Erickson DJ, Forster JL, Okuyemi KS, Ahluwalia JS. The effects of a tobacco intervention on binge drinking among African American light smokers. J Addict Dis. 2013;32(4):377-86.

Okuyemi KS, Goldade K, Whembolua GL, Thomas JL, Eischen S, Guo H, et al. Smoking characteristics and comorbidities from the Power to Quit Clinical Trial for Homeless Smokers. Nicotine and Tobacco Research. 2013;15(1):22-8.

Whembolua GL, Davis JT, Reitzel LR, Guo H, Thomas JL, Goldade K, Okuyemi KS, Ahluwalia JS. Subjective social status predicts smoking abstinence among light smokers. Am J Health Behav. 2012;36(5):639-46.

Cox LS, Nollen NL, Mayo M, Choi WS, Faseru B, Benowitz NL, Tyndale RF, Okuyemi KS, et al. Bupropion for smoking cessation in African American light smokers: A randomized controlled trial. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2012;104(4):290-8.



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