Healthcare and Life Sciences 50 –2018 – Irish America Irish America Magazine Thu, 18 Jul 2019 14:56:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 82361074 Margaret Weber Thu, 01 Nov 2018 05:50:46 +0000 Read more..]]> Margaret Weber RN, BSN, the president and co-founder of EliteNursing, a concierge nursing service that provided the highest level of private nursing in New York and Southampton. EliteNursing only uses registered nurses that have extensive nursing backgrounds including ICU, ER, medical-surgical nursing and community health.

Margaret’s over 25 years of experience as a registered nurse in various hospital and community settings including the Intensive Care Unit, Recovery, and Emergency Rooms, has given her a unique perspective in delivering excellent home nursing care for prestigious families and distinguished individuals all over the United States.

Community positions in home-care and hospice have enhanced her comprehension of the requirements of patients in a non-hospital setting. She has extensive experience in facilitated care coordination services including disease management programs, which involved educating, motivating and empowering clients to manage their disease.

Margaret’s mother was born in County Longford, Ireland and emigrated to the United States at 14 years of age and while living in Manhattan finished up her education at a private high school in NY. Margaret’s father was a first generation Irish American whose parents emigrated from County Clare. Her parents met at the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade and went on to have seven children. Her father was a New York City detective and a member of the Emerald Society. Her mother worked as a nursing assistant while raising Margaret and her siblings, and was always able to “find something shining in a bad day.”

“My parents ingrained in me a belief I could accomplish anything if I worked hard,” Margaret says. Proving her parents correct, she has been co-founder and President of EliteNursing since 2013. ♦

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Kathleen Coffey Steimel Thu, 01 Nov 2018 05:49:53 +0000 Read more..]]> Kathleen is Co-Founder and CEO of EliteNursing which is a concierge nursing service providing private duty RN’s, intravenous therapy at home, RN visits and case management in NYC and the surrounding area. Kathleen is from a large Irish family. Her parents, John and Mary Coffey, from Counties Kerry and Cork, emigrated to New York, had seven children and instilled in them a rich sense of Irish culture in music, song and dance. Kathleen was a champion Irish step dancer and piano accordion player who competed in the Fleadh Cheoil and the Oireachtas. Kathleen’s father was a gifted Irish button accordion player who, along with Kathleen and her siblings, played in the Coffey family band throughout her childhood. Kathleen spent summers growing up in West Cork on her grandparent’s farm.

Kathleen has been a registered nurse for over 35 years and has extensive clinical experience in acute medical care, ER, ICU, visiting nursing, private duty, geriatric care management, and patient advocacy. Kathleen has focused most of her career in community health, where she has wide ranging experience as a clinical nursing supervisor, encompassing health promotion, disease prevention, coordination of services and management of complex health care needs for clients with acute and chronic illness. ♦

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Bryan Traynor Thu, 01 Nov 2018 05:48:08 +0000 Read more..]]> Dr. Bryan Traynor, M.D., Ph.D., is a neurologist and Senior Investigator at the National Institute on Aging, and adjunct faculty at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Traynor is best known for his work aimed at understanding the genetic etiology of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS. He led the international consortium that identified pathogenic repeat expansions in C9ORF72 as a common cause of ALS and FTD. He has over 200 publications in professional journals, including Neuron, New England Journal of Medicine, and Nature Neuroscience, and has received numerous awards for his work, including the NIH Director’s award, the Derek Denny-Brown award, the Sheila Essey award for ALS Research, and the Potamkin Prize for Research in Pick’s, Alzheimer’s, and Related Diseases.

He received his medical degree from University College Dublin medical school in 1993, a Medical Doctorate from University College Dublin in 2000, a Masters in Medical Science (MMSc) from Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2004, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) from University College Dublin in 2012. He has been a Member of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (MRCPI) since 1996. Before moving to the NIH in 2005, he completed a Neurology Residency and an ALS/Neuromuscular Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, and was an Instructor and Staff Neurologist at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital. ♦

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Sister Michael Mary Campbell, O. Carm Thu, 01 Nov 2018 05:47:11 +0000 Read more..]]> Michael Mary Campbell O. Carm, Director of Volunteers, is first generation Irish American, her father from Co. Longford, her mother, from nearby Co. Leitrim. She directs a small army of volunteers, of varying ages with different skills and interests but all abound with energy and generosity. They’re seen around Mary Manning Walsh bringing levity, games and often taking patients to the Emerald Lounge for a spot of wine. Seeing Sister Michael Mary in action brings to mind the mission of her order, “To care for and to care.” ♦


The Carmelite Sisters of the Aged and Infirm minister to and care for the residents of Mary Manning Walsh Home, long considered the premium home for the elderly in New York City. Recognized for its superior medical care, Mary Manning Walsh is just as renown for its staff of nuns who believe the end of life should be about living, not just surviving—these sisters have dedicated themselves to their patients most of whom are ill and many, alone.

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Sister Sean William O’Brien, O. Carm Thu, 01 Nov 2018 05:46:24 +0000 Read more..]]> Sister Sean William O’Brien O. Carm is Executive Director and daughter of immigrants from respectively, Donegal and Waterford, recently had the daunting task of overseeing the expansion of Mary Manning Walsh. The home will now include short-term rehab, hospice care, a TeliStat program for cardiac patients in addition to a renovation of its still-elegant building. While it’s now more than a nursing home Sister Sean promises, “The Walsh Home will always uphold the Carmelite philosophy of care and commitment.” ♦


The Carmelite Sisters of the Aged and Infirm minister to and care for the residents of Mary Manning Walsh Home, long considered the premium home for the elderly in New York City. Recognized for its superior medical care, Mary Manning Walsh is just as renown for its staff of nuns who believe the end of life should be about living, not just surviving—these sisters have dedicated themselves to their patients most of whom are ill and many, alone.

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Anne Sansevero Thu, 01 Nov 2018 05:45:34 +0000 Read more..]]> Anne Sansevero is the Founder and CEO of HealthSense LLC – a care management consulting company and Co-founder of Holistic HomeCare Associates – a home health care placement agency. HealthSense LLC is focused on skillful advocacy for families who are caring for older relatives or disabled adults and she and her team offer a holistic, targeted and responsive focus to crisis management, problem solving and care coordination related to health and aging challenges. Holistic Home Care Associates LLC, her second company which she runs with her partner Rick Gang, offers expert guidance and support in assembling a high quality private hire home care team.

Anne has over 30 years of experience in the health and aging field and serves on the national board of the Aging Life Care Association (ALCA) and is Vice President of the local New York Chapter. She co-chairs the Educational Committee at ALCA and develops conference programming both at regional and national levels.

Originally an O’Toole from Galway, Anne emigrated to the U.S. in 1986. Anne holds a B.S.N., M.A. in Nursing and is licensed as a geriatric nurse practitioner and care manager. Her other skills include fostering entrepreneurship and she is an advisor to a number of health care start-up companies. Anneis active in her NYU Rory Meyers School of Nursing alumni committee and mentors and develops educational initiatives as they relate to improving care for frail and vulnerable elders. Anne is a frequent public speaker and engages in media relations locally and nationally on all aspects related to aging. Anne also serves on the board of The Children’s Medical Research Foundation (CMRF Inc.)– a non-profit philanthropic organization that helps support pediatric research and health innovations in her native Ireland. ♦

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Muredach Reilly Thu, 01 Nov 2018 05:44:11 +0000 Read more..]]> Dr. Muredach Reilly is the Herbert and Florence Irving professor of medicine and director designate of the Irving Institute for clinical and translational research at Columbia University and New York Presbyterian Hospital. He also has extensive training and expertise in cardiovascular medicine, human genetics, preventive cardiology, clinical pharmacology, and clinical epidemiology.

Muredach is a Fellow of both the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Royal College of Physicians, Ireland, and has been presented with the Special Recognition Award by the American Heart Association for his work in cardiovascular medicine and science. He is also a past recipient of the William Osler Award for Patient-Orientated Research.

Muredach was born in Co. Mayo, Ireland. He received qualifications in medicine and pharmacology from University College Dublin in 1988 and 1989 respectively. He trained in internal medicine and cardiology at St. Vincent’s and the Mater Hospitals in Dublin, as well as at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, from which he earned a master’s in clinical epidemiology in 2003 and served on the faculty for 16 years, most recently as Professor of Medicine with tenure. He is married to fellow UCD-graduate Emer Smyth, and they have three children, Maeve, Fina, and Cormac. ♦

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Patrick D. Pilch Thu, 01 Nov 2018 05:43:54 +0000 Read more..]]> Patrick D. Pilch leads the National Healthcare Advisory practice and co-founded the BDO Center for Healthcare Excellence & Innovation for BDO USA, LLP, a U.S. professional services firm providing assurance, tax, and advisory services to a wide range of publicly traded and privately held companies.

With more than 25 years of healthcare, financial services, operational management and restructuring experience, Patrick provides strategy, business transformation, interim management, M&A advisory, restructuring, turnaround and performance improvement services to assist organizations and their stakeholders. He has served as a strategic advisor to hospitals, boards, foundations, and healthcare systems in matters involving mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, real estate holdings, and other assets and restructurings.

A third-generation Irish American, Patrick has maternal roots in Bonniconlon, County Mayo, County Kilkenny and Abbeyleix, County Laois. His father’s side is from Belfast. Patrick is one of 10 children, whose parents instilled in them the importance of education. “All 10 of us have college degrees, and many have graduate degrees,” says Patrick, who is a certified public accountant and licensed investment banker and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Fairfield University and an M.B.A. from Columbia School of Business. “It is my parents’ legacy.” Patrick and his wife, Mary Pat (whose mother is from County Waterford, and her father’s family is from County Cavan) have three children: Patrick, Briege, and Fiona. ♦

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Alice O’Leary Randall Thu, 01 Nov 2018 05:42:11 +0000 Read more..]]> Alice O’Leary Randall traces her Irish roots to Bantry Bay, County Cork. She is a longtime senior spokesperson for the medical marijuana movement, co-founded in 1976 with her late husband, Robert C. Randall, the first person in the U.S. to legally receive medical marijuana. For more than two decades Robert and Alice worked tirelessly to reform the prohibitions against cannabis. After Robert’s untimely death in 2001, Alice became a hospice nurse and later a grief counselor. She retired in 2012 and re-entered the medical cannabis field. She frequently writes and speaks on the issue. Working with Mary’s Medicinals of Denver, she developed the Cannabis Primer series in 2015 and Mary’s Prime Time in 2017. She has served on the Board of Directors for American Cannabis Nurses Association. Her book, Medical Marijuana in America: Memoir of a Pioneer was first released in April 2014. Her most recent publication is Mary’s Cannabis Primers Collection: Vol. I. ♦

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Elaine O’Hara Thu, 01 Nov 2018 05:41:18 +0000 Read more..]]> Elaine O’Hara is Head of North America Commercial Operations for Sanofi Pasteur. In her Vaccines leadership role, Elaine has spearheaded the launch of the company’s first recombinant influenza vaccine within the company’s flagship franchise. She has driven long-term strategic planning and execution to continue to build the success of the more than $3 billion North America Vaccines business.

Elaine has more than 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and vaccine industry. She has a consistent track record of developing and managing billion-dollar franchises within the industry, in addition to launching multiple pharmaceutical brands. She has held numerous leadership roles in different therapeutic categories and markets.

Prior to joining Sanofi, Elaine was Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing at Otsuka America Pharmaceutical Incorporated (OAPI). Elaine joined OAPI in 2012, and led the commercial organization to its current success of core products across CNS and cardio-renal franchises, totaling $2 billion in net sales in 2016. Elaine also served as portfolio lead for Pfizer’s anti-infective category, where she led the marketing and sales teams through portfolio maximization and delivered $880 million in revenue. During Pfizer’s acquisition of Wyeth, Elaine was responsible for the global launch of the Prevnar13 adult indication. She has also held other sales and marketing management roles within Wyeth’s vaccines group.

Elaine, who was born in Dublin, Ireland, moved to New York with her family for several years, until they re-located back to Newport, Co. Mayo.

Elaine earned her M.B.A. with a concentration in marketing from the Haub School of Business, Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, and a B.A. in music and French from the National University of Ireland. She is married to Finbar Bleahen and they have two teenage children, Myles and Rose. ♦

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