Upon earning a Doctor of Medicine from Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria, Titilope O. Olanipekun, MD, MPH began his career as a medical doctor in Housemanship training at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex. Over the years, he gained valuable expertise in the field as an antiretroviral therapy clinician for the Institute of Human Virology and as a senior associate with Solina Group through 2014 until taking his expertise to the United States. In 2015, Dr. Olanipekun served as a clinical trial coordinator at the Kelsey-Seybold Clinic and as a project intern at the Baylor College of Medicine, both located in Houston, Texas.
Progressing in his professional endeavors, Dr. Olanipekun attained a Master of Public Health in clinical epidemiology from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health in 2016, where he had also been a graduate research assistant at the Center for Health Promotion and Prevention Research. He went on to complete a residency in internal medicine at the Morehouse School of Medicine and later earned a certificate in patient safety, quality improvement, informatics and leadership from Harvard Medical School. Backed by his training and experiences, Dr. Olanipekun excels today as a resident physician at the Morehouse School of Medicine and as a staff physician with Covenant Health System, a role he had held since 2019.
Dr. Olanipekun enjoys taking care of critically ill patients because it is an area that requires constant alertness and precision. As a very decisive person, he finds working under pressure quite suitable for his abilities. He draws great satisfaction from guiding and caring for the patient’s family, which involves providing them with a sense of closure. Dr. Olanipekun credits his father’s example as a physician to his present compassion and respect for hard work. He adds that his mother was a nurse and watching her take care of patients and strictly adhering to the schedule of her daily responsibilities when he was growing up helped him realize his full potential, shaping him into the well-trained, self-controlled medical professional he is today.
Finding great success in his career, Dr. Olanipekun was the recipient of a Minority Trainee Development Scholarship Award for Quality Improvement from the American Thoracic Society in 2019 and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award from the Morehouse School of Medicine in 2018. Among other accomplishments, he is a proud member of the Alpha Iota Chapter of the Delta Omega Honorary Public Health Society. Looking ahead, Dr. Olanipekun envisions himself pursuing more leadership roles that will allow him to make changes on a more global level. His advancement goals include becoming the chief quality improvement officer of the hospital and then chief medical officer, positions that will afford more opportunities to create a bigger impact in his community.