Kunle Odunsi

UChicago Faculty Physicians

Kunle Odunsi, MD, PhD

AbbVie Foundation Distinguished Service Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Professor of Medicine
Director of Comprehensive Cancer Research Center Dean for Oncology, Biological Sciences Division
Director, University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center

Kunle Odunsi, MD, PhD, is a gynecologic oncologist who specializes in the treatment of ovarian cancer

As a nationally recognized expert in immunotherapy and vaccine therapy for cancer, Dr. Odunsi’s research focuses on understanding the mechanisms of immune recognition and tolerance in ovarian cancer and translating these findings to immunotherapy clinical trials.

He pioneered the development of antigen-specific vaccine therapy and “next generation” adoptive T-cell immunotherapies to prolong remission rates in women with ovarian cancer. Learn more about Dr. Odunsi's research.

Dr. Odunsi has received many honors and awards for his work, including election to the National Academy of Medicine in 2018 and the Rosalind Franklin Excellence in Ovarian Cancer Research Award in 2019. He has authored or co-authored more than 360 publications and contributed to several books and book chapters. His work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Defense, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Cancer Research Institute and the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation Alliance, among others. He serves or has served on 10 editorial boards and multiple NIH study sections, and held numerous visiting professorships and guest lectureships. He also holds leadership positions in several national organizations, such as co-chair of the NCI Cancer Moonshot Immuno-Oncology Translational Network and chairperson-elect of the American Association for Cancer Research’s Cancer Immunology Working Group.

Board Certifications

  • Gynecologic Oncology

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • American Association for Cancer Research
  • American Gynecological and Obstetrical Society
  • Association of African Biomedical Scientists
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Gynecologic Oncology Group
  • Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
  • American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  • European Network for Translational Research in Ovarian Cancer
  • Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer
  • Ovarian Cancer Association Consortium
  • Cancer Immunotherapy Trials Network
  • Society of Gynecologic Oncology
  • Cancer Immunotherapy Consortium
  • Society for Reproductive Investigation

Languages Spoken

  • English

Medical Education

  • Obafemi Awolowo University


  • Yale New Haven Hospital


  • Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

Other Grad Education

  • University of Oxford,PhD

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  • Aetna PPO
  • BCBS Blue Precision HMO (specialists only)
  • BCBS HMO (HMOI) (specialists only)
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
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  • Aetna Better Health *see insurance page
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • United Choice Plus POS/PPO
  • United Options (PPO)
  • United Select (HMO & EPO) (specialists only)
  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
  • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • BCBS Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Choice PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Choice PFFS
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Plus HMO
  • United Choice HMO (specialists only)
  • University of Chicago Health Plan (UCHP)

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