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Dr. Modele O. Ogunniyi

Dr. Modele O. Ogunniyi, MD, MPH, FACC, FACP, FAHA

Dr. Modele O. Ogunniyi is a Professor of Medicine and Master Physician with the Division of Cardiology at Emory University. She also serves as the Associate Medical Director of Grady’s Heart Failure Program.

After receiving her medical degree from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, she obtained a Master of Public Health and a Certificate in Health Finance and Management from Johns Hopkins University. Her postgraduate training includes a preventive medicine fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control, a residency in internal medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine, and cardiology fellowship at Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Ogunniyi’s research focuses on examining social determinants of health and eliminating disparities in cardiovascular disease, diversity in clinical trials, palliative care in heart failure, and cardiovascular disease in women. She is passionate about mentorship and creating equitable pathways to diversify the workforce in Medicine. In recognition of her efforts, she received the Emory School of Medicine Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion, the R. Wayne Alexander Research Mentoring Award, and the American Medical Women’s Association INSPIRE Award.

She serves as Principal Investigator for several clinical trials and is on the advisory board for the Metro Atlanta Heart Failure Collaborative and the editorial board of Clinical Cardiology. She is an active member and volunteer of many professional organizations including the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, and the Association of Black Cardiologists, where she serves on the Board of Directors. She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, American College of Cardiology, and American Heart Association.

Dr. Ogunniyi serves on several national committees, including as Co-Chair of the National Hypertension Control Roundtable and the ABC Membership Committee. She is also a member of the Cardiovascular Disease in Women and Diversity and Inclusion Committees of the ACC. She is the Vice President of Health Awareness Initiative, Africa, a nonprofit organization, whose mission is to promote healthy lifestyles in African communities by creating health awareness through screening and education.


  • Cardiovascular Disease

Board Certifications

  • ABMS Internal Medicine


  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center


  • Emory

Education & Training

  • Medical School: University of Ibadan
  • Residency: Morehouse School Of Medicine

Honors & Awards

National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems Gage Award for Improving Quality in Vulnerable Populations, 2013

Certificate of Appreciation, Division of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, 2013

Fellow, American College of Physicians, 2013

Fellow, American College of Cardiology, 2014

Fellow, American Heart Association, 2015

Excellence in Teaching Award by Emory Cardiology Fellows, 2015

Featured in Atlanta Magazine: Focus on Grady Cardiovascular Care, 2016


Grason HA, C Minkovitz CS, Silver GB, Fountain M, Ashaye O. Building Bridges for Child Health Research, Policy and Practice: New Concepts and Paradigms 2001. Baltimore, Women's and Children's Health Policy Center, Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. 2.

Ashaye MO, Giles WH Racial Differences in Healthy Lifestyle Characteristics for Heart 3.

Disease Patients. Results from the 2000 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey. Ethn Dis. 2002 Fall; 12(4): S3-131 4.

Mensah GA, Agodoa LY, Amoah AGB, Ashaye MO, Muna WFT, Osei K, and Payne KG, on behalf of the ISHIB2003 Scientific Organizing Committee, International Society on Hypertension in Blacks (ISHIB), Atlanta, GA. World Congress on Cardiovascular Health: Preventing the Global Pandemic in Developing Countries. Ethn Dis. 2002 Fall; 12(4): S3-142 5.

Ashaye MO, Giles WH, Hypertension in Blacks: A Literature Review. Ethn Dis. 2003 Fall; 13(4): 456-62. 6.

Ashaye MO, Giles WH, For the Patient: Hypertension the Silent Killer: Ethn Dis. 2003 Fall; 13(4): 546-7 7.

Ashaye MO, Giles WH, Are Heart Disease Patients More Likely to Have Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors? Results from the 2000 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey, Journal of Cardiovascular Risk 2003; 10(3): 207-212. 8.

Ashaye MO, Mensah GA, Dallas HW, ISHIB Annual International Interdisciplinary Conferences: A Historical Review/Perspective. Ethn Dis. 2003 summer; 13(2); (Suppl.2) 9.

Nesbitt SD, Ashaye MO, Stettler N, Sorof JM, Parekh RS, Goran MI, Falkner B. Overweight as a Risk Factor in Children. Ethn Dis. 2004 winter; 14(1): 94-110 10.

Akomolafe A, Ogunniyi M, Ohuabunwa U. Diabetes Mellitus and Hypertension in Elderly African Americans: Are we meeting the recommended goals? Am J Hypertens. 2005 May; 18 (Suppl.1 Pt.5): A256 11.

Ogunniyi MO. Hypertension-Related Heart Disease. The Cardiology Report: 4(2) Fall 2007. 12.

Ogunniyi MO. Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease. The Cardiology Report 5(1) Spring, 2008. 13.

Ogunniyi MO, Croft JB, Greenlund K, Giles WH, Mensah GA. Racial/ethnic differences in microalbuminuria among persons with hypertension: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), 1999-2006. Am J Hypertens. 2010 Aug; 23(8): 859-64 14.

Echouffo-Tcheugui JB, Ogunniyi MO, Kengne AP. Estimation of absolute cardiovascular risk in individuals with diabetes mellitus: rationale and approaches, ISRN Cardiol. 2011:242-56. Epub 2011 Nov 23 15.

Ogunniyi MO, Holt JB, Croft JB, Nwaise IA, Okafor HE, Sawyer DB, Giles WH, Mensah GA, Geographic variations in heart failure hospitalizations among Medicare beneficiaries in the Tennessee catchment area. Am J Med Sci. 2012 Jan; 343(1): 71-7 16.

Edwards M, Reddy R, Wirth D, Ogunniyi M; Rhodes B, Knauss M; Onwuanyi AE. Impact of Comprehensive Heart Failure Program on Emergency Department Visits- Experience from Urban Academic Center. Circulation 2013; 128:A17077 17.

Ogunniyi MO, Wenger NK. My 35-Year-Old Patient Has Newly Diagnosed Diabetes. What Do We Know About Her Coronary Risk and What Type of Cardiovascular Risk Ascertainment and Treatment, if any, Is Appropriate? Curbside Consultation in Cardiology. Available online March 24, 2013.