Edward O’Neil is the Owner of O’Neil & Associates, a management consulting and leadership development firm focused on change and renewal in the health care system. His clients include some of the nation’s leading health systems, hospitals, health plans, professional groups, pharmaceutical firms, state and federal agencies, and educational institutions.
In June of 2012 he retired from his position as professor in the Departments of Family and Community Medicine, Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences and Social and Behavioral Sciences (School of Nursing) at the University of California, San Francisco. There, he also served as the director of the Center for the Health Professions, a research, advocacy, and training institute which he created in 1992; the center helps health care professionals, health professions schools, care delivery organizations, and public policymakers understand the challenges and opportunities of educating and managing a health care workforce capable of improving the health and wellbeing of people and their communities. His work has focused on changing the US health care system through improved policy and leadership.
During his tenure at UCSF he created or led the Pew Biomedical Scholars Program, the California Health Care Foundation Leadership program, the Clinical Leadership Program for Blue Shield Foundation of California, and the Robert Wood Johnson funded Executive Nurse Fellows Program, as well as number of other research and leadership development programs in health care, research, and policy.
In 2001 he created O’Neil & Associates to assist organizations in understanding the strategic challenges they face in a changing health care world and developing strategies and leadership competencies to succeed. His clients include foundations, academic heath centers, public sector providers and policy makers, the pharmaceutical industry and providers in health systems and professional practices. He is a frequent keynote presenter on health care reform, leadership development and practice model change in health care.
He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Alabama and a Master of Public Administration and Doctorate in History from Syracuse University. In addition he holds honorary degrees from New York Medical College, the Western University of Health Sciences, and two other universities. In 2003, he was elected to an honorary fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing. He and his wife Gayle have four children. Ed is a docent for the SF Public Library giving architectural walking tours of the city, a beekeeper, and does interpretive historical characters in the public schools.