Featured Member

Dr. J. Nwando Olayiwola

Family Medicine

Dr. Nwando Olayiwola is a family physician and Chief Clinical Transformation Officer for RubiconMD, a leading provider of electronic consultations between primary care and specialty care providers. She is also currently an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at UCSF, where she served as the Director of the Center for Excellence in Primary Care until February 2017. 

Dr. Olayiwola founded the Association of Minority Women Professionals (AMWP) in 2016. Headquartered in Northern California, AMWP is a women's empowerment organization focusing on supporting, mentoring, motivating and developing women of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and orientations to not only to survive, but to thrive in their professional environments. 

Dr. Olayiwola received her medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health in 2001, and completed her residency in family practice at Columbia University Medical Center/New York–Presbyterian Hospital in 2004. She received an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2005, and was honored with the degree of Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians in 2006.

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Why are you an SFMMS member?

Everywhere I’ve gone, I’ve felt it was important to be a part of a community, and to advocate and collaborate on issues that are important to me.  SFMMS provides that opportunity.

Which SFMS member resource is most helpful to you?

The journal is great – it provides insight into what’s happening around advocacy and health policy issues of importance in San Francisco and California.

What do you like to do when you're not at work?

I have two young children, ages 10 and 7. My husband and I like to spend time with them and be a part of their experiences. We like to make up adventures and garden together. Shared activities are a source of stress relief. We also love to travel – we have a map and we mark cities and countries that we’ve been to. We try to visit one country each year. 

What is the most important thing you learned in medical school or residency?

Prior to residency, I was involved in work that was public health-oriented but I didn’t understand how it would become important in my career. The social and environmental factors that patients contend with, which can be detrimental to their health, was something that I really started to understand as a resident.

What are some of the biggest opportunities or challenges you see in health care within the next five years?

We have not fully agreed as a nation that health care is a right. Until we get to a point that we agree that every person should have health care that is both affordable and high quality, we will struggle. Stripping health care coverage for people and threats to Medi-Cal are significant concerns right now. 

What do you love most about practicing Family Medicine?

I like to make change in big ways and have influence beyond my sphere. But there is no replacement for interacting with people – healing or giving them courage. I will always maintain relationships with my patients. Both are important to me.

What is the best piece of advice you have been given throughout your career so far?

A few years ago, I was doing a course for MD executives when I was Chief Medical Officer of a large FQHC. A mentor advised me to think of my career in 3-5 year cycles and to stay open to learning and to opportunities that will present themselves. Don’t follow a script, keep reinventing yourself and doing something innovative.

Who’s your favorite music artist/band?

Right now, I’m loving Bruno Mars. It started off because of my kids, but now I own it. He has this combination of funk, doo-wop, R&B, soul and jazz that keeps his music fun, engaging and motivating. He is also an incredible performer, of the nature that you rarely see since the 80s and 90s artists. Also, with Bruno Mars, you don’t know what his ethnic background is just by looking at him, and once you enjoy his music, you realize you don’t need to know. It’s not important. I like that.

What is your favorite restaurant in San Francisco?

I don’t have a favorite, but I generally love to go to Union Square and see all the diverse people, life and activity happening, grab a bite in small cafes, and feel the city vibe.

If you weren’t a physician, what profession would you like to try?

A United Nations Commissioner or delegate with the UN High Commission on Refugees, UN Women, or the World Health Organization. I’d definitely be doing something to do with multinational leadership and advocacy around women, children and human rights. Who knows? My script isn’t fully written yet!