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photo Elizabeth A. O'Keefe, MD



Associate Director, Geriatrics Fellowship program


Phone: 412-623-2700

Office: 5200 Centre Ave
Suite 405
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Phone: 412-623-2700
Fax: 412-623-1235
Administrative Assistant:
Eileen Taylor
Address: 3471 Fifth Ave, Suite 500
Kaufmann Medical Bldg
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-692-2387
Fax: 412-692-2370
Education and Training
BA Honors, Medical Sciences, Cambridge University, UK, 1974
BM BCh, Oxford University, UK, 1977
Residency in Internal Medicine, United Kingdom, 1979
Fellowship in Advanced General Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, 1990
Research Interest
Dr. O'Keefe is an Associate Professor and Clinician-Educator who came to Pittsburgh via the Mayo Clinic and Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to this, she studied at Cambridge and Oxford Universities before completing her medical residency in London. She has experience in many fields of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics derived from years of medical practice in the United Kingdom and South Africa. While at Virginia Commonwealth University, Dr. O'Keefe received a grant from the Alzheimer's and Related Diseases Award Fund to investigate "Decision-making with regard to PEG placement in elderly persons with dementia." She has several publications relating to functional bowel disease in the elderly and has served as a reviewer for Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
Clinical Interest
Dr. O'Keefe cares for patients at UPMC Senior Care-Shadyside, both as a primary care physician and as a consultant.
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Selected Publications:
Duggan, J. M., O' Keefe, E. A., Weaver, A. L., et al. Diabetes Mellitus and operated peptic ulcer. Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. 1992; 7: 308-12.
Fisher, A. L., O, Keefe, E. A., Hanlon, J. T., et al. A brief, intensive, clinically-focused geriatrics course during the third year of medical school. Journal of the American Geriatric Society. 2009; 57: 524-9.
O'Keefe, E. A., Wood, R., Van Zyl, A., Cariem, A. K. HIV-related abdominal pain in South Africa: Etiology, diagnosis and survival. Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology. 1998; 33: 212-17.
Arendorf, T. M., Bredekamp, B., Cloete, C., Wood, R., O'Keefe, E. Intergroup comparisons of oral lesions in HIV-positive South Africans. Oral Diseases. 1996.
Maartens, G., Wood, R., O'Keefe, E., Byrne, C. Heterosexual and homosexual HIV infection in Cape Town, South Africa - Independent epidemics with similar prognosis. Quarterly Journal of Medicine. 1997; 90: 449-454.
Wood, R., O'Keefe, E. A., Maartens, G. The changing pattern of transmission and clinical presentation of HIV in the Western Cape region of South Africa (1984-1995). Epidemiology and Infection. 1996; 11: 96-98.
O'Keefe, E.A., Wood, R. The impact of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection on quality of life in a multiracial South African population. Quality of Life Research. 1996; 5: 275-80.
Talley, N. J., Flemming, K. C., Evans, J. M., O'Keefe, E. A., et al. Constipation in an elderly community: A study of prevalence and potential risk factors. American Journal of Gastroenterology. 1996; 91: 19-25.
O'Keefe, E. A., Talley, N. J., Zinsmeister, A. R., Jacobsen, S. J. Bowel disorders impair functional status and quality of life in the elderly: a population-based study. Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences. 1995; 50: M184-9.
Wright, J. P., O' Keefe, E. A., Cumming, L., Jaskiewicz, K. Olsalazine in the maintenance of clinical remission in patients with Ulcerative Colitis. Digestive diseases and sciences. 1993; 38: 1837-42.
Notable Achievements
Pittsburgh Magazine, "Best Doctors", 2015
Abstract Reviewer American Geriatrics Society Annual Meeting, 2015
Grand rounds at UPMC Shadyside, “Nutrition in the elderly”, 2015