Sharon O'Keefe, University of Chicago Medicine president, has been named to the board of Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy. CURE was founded by parents of children with epilepsy to spearhead the search for a cure by raising funds for research and increasing awareness of the disorder. Since its inception in 1998, CURE has raised more than $18 million. "I have seen how epilepsy can disrupt the life and plans of patients and their families. Our daughter, now 17, was diagnosed at the age of 5," O'Keefe said. O'Keefe, 60, began her health care career as a nurse at Loyola University Medical Center, then moved into hospital administration, first at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, then at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. From 1987 to 1989, she was senior manager for health care at the accounting firm Ernst & Whinney (now Ernst & Young), where she developed a consulting practice focused on organizational design, operations improvement and large-scale change management. She returned to hospital administration in 1989 and spent 10 years as senior vice president for operations at the University of Maryland Medical System in Baltimore. In 1999 she moved to Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical Schoo, as executive vice president and chief operating officer. In 2002, she became chief operating officer at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. In April 2009, she became president of Loyola University Medical Center, where she served until her appointment at the University of Chicago Medicine in February 2011.
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