Following surgery and chemotherapy to treat non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Michael O’Neil emerged humbled, inspired and ready to finish the graduate studies interrupted unexpectedly by cancer. Steering the final year of his J.D./M.B.A. program from business plan to life mission, Michael founded GetWellNetwork to tackle an unaddressed problem in healthcare: educating, engaging and empowering patients and families to take control of their healthcare journeys. Today, he leads the global digital health technology company as founder and chief executive officer.
His vision for transforming the patient experience launched a new healthcare technology segment called Interactive Patient Care™. Two decades later, GetWellNetwork has given millions of patients around the world a voice in their own care. In 2014, he founded the O’Neil Center, a think tank and research institute advancing the science of patient and family engagement. Michael also established GetWell Labs, an R&D incubator, to accelerate the development of disruptive patient engagement technologies.
Michael is a recognized leader in the healthcare, technology and entrepreneurial communities. In 2019, he was named a Health Innovators Fellow by the Aspen Institute. He is The Global Good Fund’s 2019 Social Entrepreneur of the Year and recipient of the 2019 Social Impact award from the Georgetown Entrepreneurial Alliance. His past honors include the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year award and NVTC Tech Executive of the Year.
Michael is an actively involved member of several leadership organizations, including Mindshare, a network of high-tech CEOs fostering entrepreneurship and growth throughout the nation’s capital, and the Young Presidents Organization, a global community of peer leaders committed to lifelong learning and idea exchange. He also serves as executive chairman of PerfectServe, a private-equity-backed clinical communications and collaboration company. Previously, Michael served on the boards of directors for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and for The DAISY Foundation, a global organization dedicated to honoring nurses.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame and a Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration from Georgetown University. Michael lives in Chevy Chase, MD with his wife and two daughters.