Current Role: Research Fellow
Toluwa Omole graduated from Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University in 2018 with a BS in Biology. Toluwa’s interest in medicine stems from his internship experience in public health and volunteering in clinical and non-clinical settings that serve the urban poor. He will be completing a fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, and plans to attend medical school afterward. He is passionate about dedicating his career in medicine to be an advocate for health equity, and plans to collaborate with others to combat health disparities and improve the delivery of healthcare to underserved populations.
As a SUMR scholar, Toluwa worked with Dr. Aysola on a project related to advancing health equity at the system level in Penn Medicine. Specifically, he worked on a multidisciplinary team to characterize the root causes of disparities in the Emergency Department that lead to longer wait times for non-Hispanic black patients. Data from the electronic health record was used to help develop and test an intervention to address these causes. Toluwa also worked with Dr. Meghani to address the disparities that lead to cancer pain being undermanaged in African Americans. Data collected from this study was used to help create an intervention to address this health disparity.
During his time at Arizona State University, Toluwa served as a Peer Mentor for one of the residential colleges. In this role, he advised students on matters related to academic and professional development, and hosted guest speakers and workshops to help promote the professional growth of students. He also was the president of the pre-professional health honor society, and a research assistant in a health equity research group within the ASU College of Health Solutions. In his free time, Tolu enjoys reading, watching movies, and hanging out with friends.