Richard O'Keefe

Dr. Rick O’Keefe joined Columbia Health in 2004. Prior to Columbia, Rick worked in academic family medicine with a focus on increasing the quality and access to care for underserved communities in urban areas. O’Keefe developed programs that care for marginalized and LGBT adolescents in school-based and street settings.  

As part of Columbia Health, Rick is a member of the men's health team, serves as medical advisor for GHAP (Gay Health Advocacy Project) and facilitates the Integrative Medicine Workgroup. He earned an M.A. in Social and Organizational Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2015.


  • M.D., St. Louis University School of Medicine
  • M.A., Teachers College, Columbia University
  • B.S., University of California, Davis

Certifications and Licensure:

  • New York State License
  • American Board of Family Medicine Certified

Published Articles:

  • O’Keefe, R., Haileselassie, L., Cabrini, P., “Prevalence of Intimate Partner Violence in Male Students”, American College Health Association Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, May 2017
  • Versnik-Nowak, A., DeGise, J., Daugherty, A., Seward, S., Setty, S. and Tang, F., O’Keefe, R. Prevalence and Predictors of CAM use among Ivy League students: Implications for Student Health Services, Journal of American College Health, 6(6). 2015.
  • Pinksy, L., Chiarelli, D., Klausner, JD, Kull, R., O’Keefe, R., Heffer, C., and Seward, S., Rates of Asymptomatic Non-urethral Gonorrhea and Chlamydia in a population of University Men who have Sex with Men. Journal of American College Health, Vol. 60, no. 4, August 2012.
  • O’Keefe, R., Tesar, C.; Sex Talk: What Makes it Hard to Learn Sexual History Taking, Family Medicine 1999, May 31 (5), 315-16.

Awards and Honors:

  • Daniel Leicht Social Medicine Award
  • Family Practice Directors Award for Excellence in Family Medicine Education

Community and Volunteer Activities:

  • Board Member, Butternut Valley Alliance


  • American Academy of Family Physicians