J. Paul O’Keefe, M.D.Submitted photo

J. Paul O’Keefe, M.D. of Evanston, Professor of Medicine, Medical Director of the Medical Specialties Practice at Loyola Outpatient Center and medical director of the Maywood Primary Care Clinic, has been named chair of the Department of Medicine at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

Dr. O’Keefe’s leadership as a practicing clinician and a distinguished researcher has made him a beloved, respected teacher and mentor. Throughout his career, Dr. O’Keefe has donated his time and skill to bring essential healthcare services to communities in desperate need, consistently honoring the service-focused, Jesuit-Catholic values that have shaped his life and work.

His tireless dedication to the community is evidenced by his roles as chair of the HIV/AIDS Task Force of the Archdiocese of Chicago and as a member of the Health Advisory Board of Catholic Charities of Chicago. He is the founder and organizer of the Maywood Clinic, which has brought care to thousands of underserved individuals who lack access to basic health services.

Dr. O’Keefe’s devotion to teaching and service to others has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Medical Alumni Association’s Golden Apple Teaching Award in 1992, the Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award in 2000 and the Stritch Medal in 2004.