Dr. Elizabeth O. Ofili

Presenter: The Interconnectivity of the Cardiovascular System: Heart Attack! Stroke! Hypertension! Diabetes!

Elizabeth Ofili, MD., MPH, FACC
Professor of Medicine; Director & Senior Associate Dean; Clinical Research Center & Clinical and Translational Research
Morehouse School of Medicine

Dr. Ofili is a Professor of Medicine (Cardiology) and Senior Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research at Morehouse School of Medicine. In this role, she directs major NIH research awards, supporting discovery science, research education and mentoring, with a focus on health equity, patient and community engagement. She is the founder of AccuHealth Technologies, “Empowering Patient-Centered Health and Wellness”.

As Multi-PI of the Georgia Clinical and Translational Science Alliance (GACTSA), a statewide research collaborative at Emory University, Morehouse School of Medicine, Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of Georgia, along with partnering health systems and statewide research organizations. Since 2007, GACTSA has engaged over 1259 investigators and 268 postdoctoral and pre-doctoral trainees in discovery science, training and community engagement.

Dr. Ofili is the principal investigator of the NIH funded national consortium of the Research Centers at Minority Institutions (RCMI) which includes over 18 historically Black, Hispanic, and Minority Serving Institutions across the continental United States, Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Considered a “national treasure” this NIH funded consortium leverages RCMI institutions’ mission focus on health equity, trust based relationships with minority communities, including African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. For more than three decades, RCMI institutions have established a track record of addressing the health needs of under served communities, with a diverse health professions workforce. The institutions have over 21,000 graduate and health professions degrees awarded from 2000- 2015, including more than: 3600 PhDs, 9400 MDs, 6200 PharmDs, 2100 DDS and 1500 DVMs. During the same period, RCMI institutions have 433 issued patents, 188 licensed technologies, 986 technologies available for licensing, 1163 provisional patents, and 14,672 publications. Dr. Ofili is a Multi-PI of the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) and Director of the Research Resources and Outreach Core, which engages the network of NIH funded research consortia to recruit and retain diverse scholars and mentor teams for participation in NRMN.

Dr. Ofili is a recipient of over 50 scientific, service and health policy awards: She was inducted in the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. She is an elected member of the Association of University Cardiologists. She Chairs the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) of the NASA Translational Research Institute, advising on strategic direction and tactical implementation regarding new emerging technologies. She also serves on the boards of: Georgia BIO, Georgia’s Life Sciences Partner and Alliant Health Solutions, a Quality Improvement Organization contracting with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to provide quality care to patients with End Stage Renal Disease and other chronic conditions. Dr. Ofili has published over 150 scientific papers and book chapters. Dr. Ofili is Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of the Chief Gregory and Chief Mrs. Felicia Ofili Foundation (CGFO) which supports Girls STEAM Education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Culture, Mathematics).

Dr. Ofili graduated with distinction from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria, completed internal medicine residency at Oral Roberts University, Tulsa Oklahoma, cardiology fellowship at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri, and Advanced Echocardiography research fellowship at St Louis University, St Louis, Missouri. She completed the Master of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland.