Ed 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. He is also a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Clinical Excellence Research Center and a senior advisor to the Blue Shield Foundation of California and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
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. During his time at UCSF, he also served as the director of the Center for the Health Professions, a research, advocacy, and training institute which he created in 1992 with an aim to assist health care professionals, health professions schools, care delivery organizations, and public policy makers in understanding the challenges and opportunities of educating and managing a health care workforce capable of improving the health and well being of people and their communities. His work has focused on change of the US health care system through improved policy and leadership.
In 2001 he created O’Neil & Associates in order 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, 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 and master 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.