Ojo Ifelayo

Ifelayo Ojo, MBBS, MPH

Commitment to Patient-Centered Care

“I take time to listen to every young person’s story. I am passionate about educating my patients and their families about how to stay healthy. I partner with children and families who have chronic health conditions to develop a plan for maintaining optimal health and a good sense of well being.”

Clinical Expertise

Dr. Ojo is a general pediatrician with global health training and a strong interest in equitable access to healthcare and preventive services. He provides medical care to children from birth to age 21. After completing medical school, internship and a brief period of practice in Nigeria, he proceeded to the US for public health training and graduate medical education. He is passionate about medical education and is involved with training medical students and residents at home and abroad. He combines his clinical practice with local and global health advocacy as well as research on improving neonatal survival and program implementation.


  • Slusher, T.M., Vreman, H.J., Brearley, A.M., Vaucher, Y.E., Wong, R.J., Stevenson, D.K., Adeleke, O.T., Ojo, I.P., Edowhorhu, G., Lund, T.C. and Gbadero, D.A., 2018. Filtered sunlight versus intensive electric powered phototherapy in moderate-to-severe neonatal hyperbilirubinaemia: a randomised controlled non-inferiority trial. The Lancet Global Health, 6(10), pp.e1122-e1131.
  • Spreng, C.P., Ojo, I.P., Burger, N.E., Sood, N., Peabody, J.W. and Demaria, L.M., 2014. Does stewardship make a difference in the quality of care? Evidence from clinics and pharmacies in Kenya and Ghana. International journal for quality in health care, 26(4), pp.388-396.
  • Spreng, Connor; Ifelayo, Ojo. 2012. Informing the ‘Visible Hand’ Defining and Measuring What Governments Do – and Can Do – with Private Health Providers in Africa. International Finance Corporation and the World Bank, Washington, DC. World Bank. https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/13074 License: CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 IGO.
  • World Bank. Healthy Partnerships: How Governments Can Engage the Private Sector to Improve Health in Africa. 2011 Washington, DC: World Bank, International Finance Corporation https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/2304

Medical School

  • University of Ilorin College of Medicine, Ilorin, KWARA, NIGERIA


  • Pediatrics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA

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Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Academic Pediatric Association
  • Midwest Consortium of Global Health Educators
  • Minnesota Medical Association


  • Board Certified in General Pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics
  • Affiliate Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota
  • Master of Public Health (Child and Adolescent Health concentration), Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Certificate in Health Education, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


  • Global Pediatrics Chief Resident, University of Minnesota, 2017-2018
  • Helping Babies Survive Global Leaders Scholar, Vermont Oxford Network, 2017
  • Student Recognition Award for Outstanding Service, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2009


“I am grateful for my family. We love spending time together, traveling, talking, laughing, enjoying the outdoors, singing along and dancing to good music. I also really enjoy studying the Bible and some amateur photography.”