Kolawole S. Okuyemi, M.D., Minneapolis, MN, received the 2011
Researcher of the Year Award from the Minnesota Academy of
Family Physicians (MAFP).
The recipient of the Researcher of the Year Award must, through
the course of his/her career, have contributed in a major,
outstanding manner to the development of family medicine
research in Minnesota and/or nationally. Candidates are
typically nominated by their colleagues.
Dr. Okuyemi is the director of the Program in Health
Disparities Research at the University of Minnesota Medical
School, as well as an Associate Professor of Family Medicine.
He is also the director of Cancer Health Disparities for the
Masonic Cancer Center.
Dr. Okuyemi’s career has been devoted to research and programs
to improve the health of minorities and eliminate health
disparities using pharmacological and culturally tailored
behavioral interventions. He has been principal investigator
and co-investigator on federally-funded studies aimed at
reducing tobacco-related health disparities. This year, Dr.
Okuymei was named one of the top five National Institutes of
Health family medicine investigators in the country.
The Researcher of the Year award was
given to Dr. Okuyemi at the MAFP Spring Refresher which took
place April 14, 2011, at the Crowne Plaza Riverfront Hotel in
The Minnesota Academy of Family
Physicians is a professional association of approximately 3,000
family physicians, family medicine residents and medical
students established to assist family physicians in providing
quality medical care in Minnesota. The MAFP is the largest
specialty organization in Minnesota and is a state chapter of
the American Academy of Family Physicians, one of the largest
national medical organizations in the United States, with more than