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Dr. Olapeju Simoyan

Dr. Olapeju Simoyan
Founding Director, Center for Excellence in Research | Medical Director of Research
Dr. Olapeju Simoyan

Dr. Simoyan is the founding director of Caron's Center for Excellence in Research and Medical Director of Research.

She is also a clinical associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Penn State College of Medicine and serves as core faculty for the Caron/Reading Hospital addiction medicine fellowship.

Before coming to Caron in February 2020, she was the associate medical director at Geisinger Marworth Treatment Center in Waverly, Pennsylvania, and the program director of Geisinger’s addiction medicine fellowship. She was a member of the founding faculty of the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (formerly The Commonwealth Medical College) where she held the rank of associate professor of family medicine and epidemiology.

Dr. Simoyan earned her medical degree from Penn State University College of Medicine, after which she completed an internship in psychiatry/family medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center/Western Psychiatric Institute. She completed her family medicine residency at the Penn State/Good Samaritan Hospital Family and Community Medicine Residency program.

Prior to her medical training, Dr. Simoyan received a dental degree from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria and a Master of Public Health degree from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

She is board certified in family medicine, addiction medicine, and dental public health and has contributed to international public health education as a Fulbright specialist in Nigeria and an Erasmus Mundus scholar in France and the United Kingdom. She has also volunteered on medical mission projects in Nigeria and Haiti.

Dr. Simoyan is a member of the Addiction Medicine Sub-board of the American Board of Preventive Medicine and serves on the REACH Program Advisory Board, a program that aims to mentor and cultivate culturally responsive fellows and trainees, who are equipped to address healthcare inequities in addiction.

Dr. Simoyan’s scholarships and awards include the Emerging Leader award from the Family Medicine Education Consortium (2010) and the American Association of Medical Colleges’ Herbert Nickens Faculty Fellowship (2012). She was recognized by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Business Journal as one of the “Top 25 Women in Business in 2015,” and she was a second-prize winner in the State Department’s Citizen Diplomacy Challenge in the same year.

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