Sharon O'Keefe was named President of the University of Chicago Medical Center in February 2011. A nationally recognized authority on hospital operations, she works with clinical faculty and senior management to improve patient care, maintain excellence in clinical programs, and enhance staff and physician satisfaction.
In February 2013 O'Keefe spearheaded the opening of the Center for Care and Discovery, one of the most advanced clinical and surgical centers in the country dedicated to specialty care, including cancer, gastrointestinal disease, neuroscience, advanced surgery and high-tech medical imaging.
O'Keefe came to the Medical Center from the Loyola University Medical Center, in Maywood, Illinois, where she worked as President beginning in April 2009. Prior to that, she served for seven years as the chief operating officer at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.
In 1974 O'Keefe received her bachelor of science degree from Northern Illinois University, and in 1976 she earned a master of science in nursing from Loyola University Medical Center. She began her health care career as a critical care nurse and quickly advanced to more senior administrative positions at top organizations including Johns Hopkins Hospital, Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx, and the University of Maryland Medical System in Baltimore.
O'Keefe serves on several prestigious boards, including the Illinois Hospital Association Board of Trustees, the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago, the University Healthcare Consortium Board, Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE), and the National Institutes of Health Advisory Board for Clinical Research. She is also serving as co-chair of the American Heart Association's 2013 Go Red for Women Campaign to help fight heart disease in women. In 2005 she was appointed an examiner for the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.