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
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