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Hello and Welcome! 

I’m Dr. James O’Keefe - an Internal Medicine physician, husband and father, amateur gardener, and traveler. I created Excel Health Primary Care in 2022 to allow me to spend time to know my patients and ensure that they receive the best possible care and experience.


My approach to patient care is to develop an understanding of your health in its broader context – including your life story, personal health goals, and preferences for care – and personalizing recommendations and follow-up to your needs. This type of care requires a two-way relationship that we develop over time.


I am passionate about primary care science, meaning the careful interpretation of research on promoting health and preventing disease. I draw out the meaningful elements and avoid “fads” that may lead to overdiagnosis and overtreatment. I work with patients on using lifestyle planning to improve health while staying current on best practice when the use of medications is needed.


I have included elements of my professional biography below. If you are considering joining Excel Health, I encourage you to sign up for a 15-minute introduction to learn more and see if we are a good fit for your needs.

Education & Experience


Doctor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


Internship & Residency, University of California, Los Angeles


Chief Resident, University of California, Los Angeles


Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCLA


Assistant Professor of Medicine, Emory University, General Internal Medicine, Executive Health, Emory Special Diagnostic Clinic


Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine, Emory

Research Publications

Selected Awards

2014, 2015

Outstanding Teaching Award, UCLA Department of Medicine


Rollins Distinguished Clinician, Emory Healthcare


Diamond Provider, Top 1% Emory Healthcare


Achievement in Primary Care Research Award, Emory Primary Care Consortium

2016, 2019, 2020, 2021

National Speaker, American College of Physicians, Highlights in General Medicine


Fellow of the American College of Physicians

Board Certifications: American Board of Internal Medicine

Society Memberships:
American College of Physicians, 2010-present
Society of General Internal Medicine, 2014-present

American College of Lifestyle Medicine, 2022-present

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