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Kelly O'Neill

President, Rheumatoid Patient Foundation

imaware™ medical advisor


Rheumatoid arthritis, patient activism, healthcare communications


  • Received national acknowledgement with the 2011 WebMD Health Hero award
  • Author of the best-seller Rheumatoid Arthritis Unmasked 
  • Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media Advisory Board, PCORI, FDA and numerous other organizations
  • Personal experience with autoimmune conditions and interstitial cystitis

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Kelly O’Neill (formerly Kelly Young) is a patient advocate providing ways for patients to be better informed and have a greater voice in their healthcare. Kelly is the founder of the Rheumatoid Patient Foundation (RPF), a non-profit organization working to improve the lives of people living with rheumatoid disease, engaging in research, education, and advocacy. Kelly served as an advisor to the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media and participated as a patient advocate with various agencies including FDA, PCORI, and HHS. Her drive to provide patient perspective is fueled by the challenges she encountered after her Rheumatoid Arthritis diagnosis in 2006. Kelly has personally written over 1000 articles about RA and healthcare, published on RA Warrior and in medical journals and health magazines.

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