Page to Stage: Dr. Jim O'Connell



Studio Theater Tue, Jul 31, 2018 5:00 PM
Run Time:1h 15min
Category:Page to Stage
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Page to Stage Presents: Dr. Jim O’Connell in conversation with Rob Cocuzzo.

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A native of Newport, Rhode Island, Dr. Jim O’Connell graduated from the University

of Notre Dame in 1970 and received a master’s degree in theology

from Cambridge University in 1972. After earning an M.D. from Harvard

Medical School in 1982, he completed a residency in Internal Medicine at

Massachusetts General Hospital. O’Connell began full-time clinical work

with homeless individuals as a founding physician of the Boston Health

Care for the Homeless Program in 1985.


Under his leadership, BHCHP has grown to be a vital and dynamic

presence in the continuum of care for poor and marginalized populations

in Boston and has pioneered many innovations, including the nation’s first

medical respite program in 1985, the transition to funding as a federally

qualified health center in 1988, and implementation of the first electronic

medical record for a health care for the homeless program in collaboration

with the Laboratory of Computer Science of MGH in 1996. Dr. O’Connell

shares a particular passion for the care of “rough sleepers,” and street medicine

has been integral to BHCHP’s model of care since 1985. He currently

juggles a busy clinical role on the program’s street team with his duties as

President of BHCHP.


The recipient of many prizes and awards, including the Albert

Schweitzer Humanitarian Award in 2012 and The Trustees’ Medal at the

bicentennial celebration of MGH in 2011, Dr. O’Connell is Assistant Professor

of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He has lectured internationally,

and his research has been published in a broad array of journals. He lives

with his family in Dorchester, Massachusetts.