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Dr. Olapeju Simoyan

Dr. Olapeju Simoyan
Executive Director of Research
Areas of Expertise:
Mental Health, Medication-assisted Treatment, Addiction Medicine, Medical Education, Research Training, Medical Humanities

Dr. Simoyan is the Founding Executive Director of Research at the Fran and Doug Tieman Center for Research at Caron Treatment Centers. She is a professor in the department of psychiatry at Drexel University College of Medicine and holds a clinical faculty appointment at Penn State College of Medicine. As a core faculty member, she directs research and scholarly activity for the Caron/Reading Hospital addiction medicine fellowship. Dr Simoyan also serves on the Graduate Medical Education research and medical humanities subcommittees at Reading Hospital/Tower Health. Prior to joining Caron, she was the program director of the addiction medicine fellowship at Geisinger Marworth.

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 U.K. 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 the Publications Council of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. She serves as an associate editor of Medical Education Online and editor of the New Voices section of Pulse, an online narrative medicine publication.

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

Media & Commentary

Jul 06, 2021

New Frontiers in Addiction Medicine Research

By Olapeju Simoyan, MD, MPH, BDS, FASAM, FAAFP

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