Laura O’Neill

Partner, New York Health Media Lead

Professional Experience

Health is a vital component of humanity. Whether it’s experiencing a common cold or watching a loved one go through a terminal illness, each and every one of us has a personal relationship with health. At our common core, healthcare directly impacts who we are and how we live our lives. For so many, there are barriers to accessing basic health needs – not only access to the medicines themselves but also access to knowledge and understanding of treatments to be an informed, empowered patient. In public relations, I utilize communications to enhance healthcare delivery and improve the patient experience. I have developed and led earned media strategies that brought FDA approvals to market, highlighted newly published studies and elevated C-suite thought leadership across all sectors in healthcare.

I have had the pleasure of working with innovators across the entire spectrum of health, making headlines for my clients for over a decade. My proudest career moments include getting a client quoted as the only thought leader in a syndicated Associated Press wire story on the monumental King v. Burwell ruling from the Supreme Court and inviting a New York Times reporter to get the scoop on the Zika epidemic, leading to a front-page article.

There are some things you just do because it's the right thing to do... I want to believe there's value in that.

- Rough Sleepers by Tracy Kidder

How'd you get here?

I always had a love for healthcare. I started studying biology at a young age. In college, I found my stride and developed an interest in communications, leading to public relations. I am a lifelong learner, and I get that opportunity through sifting through new scientific data, speaking with patient advocates and hearing from the most brilliant scientists of our time. The field of healthcare PR pushes me to do the best work and make the most impact I can. Time flies when you’re doing what you love, and my career in public relations has been a whirlwind of growth, learning and unforgettable experiences.

Articles by Laura