Dr. Edward J. O'Neil

Founder and President
Waban, Massachusetts
United States

Focus Areas

Economic Security
Higher Education
Policy & Education
Public Health & Safety
Leadership Development


Dr. Edward O’Neil Jr. earned his Medical degree from George Washington University, and completed a residency and chief residency in internal medicine at Boston Medical Center. Dr. O’Neil completed the three-year Kellogg National Leadership Program, studying leadership, international development, and politics. In 1998, he founded the non-profit organization Omni-Med, (www.omnimed.org) which focuses on health volunteerism and ethical leadership. To date, over 130 physicians have gone abroad through Omni Med’s innovative, cooperatively designed programs in Belize, Guyana, Kenya, and Uganda. Omni Med also compiles data on global health service opportunities, making it easier for anyone so interested to serve. Dr O’Neil is the author of two highly acclaimed books published by the American Medical Association in 2006, Awakening Hippocrates: A Primer on Health, Poverty, and Global Service, and A Practical Guide to Global Health Service. Dr Paul Farmer, who wrote the foreword to Awakening Hippocrates, described it as “magisterial.” Since April 2007, Dr O’Neil has served as Chair of a Brookings Institution Taskforce on Health Service in Sub-Saharan Africa. He is a practicing emergency physician at Caritas St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston and an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine.