While growing up gay in Indiana, Dan O’Neill encountered homophobia on a routine basis; but at the time, he was more preoccupied with managing his type-1 diabetes, a diagnosis he received at age thirteen. Dan began the joint MD-MPH degree program at the George Washington University School of Medicine in 2009 and will become a public health official and primary care physician, specializing in HIV/AIDS.
Living at the epicenter of the modern epidemic, Dan became heartbroken over the worsening HIV problem in DC’s LGBTQ community. As a result, he co-founded the HIV Prevention Working Group of the DC LGBT Center, as well as, DC FUK!T, a provocative safer-sex kit distribution and messaging campaign. DC FUK!T quickly became the largest distributor of condoms in DC and marked the beginning of his expanding portfolio of programmatic and policy efforts to curb the spread of HIV. Dan is currently a member of the Community Advisory Board for Whitman-Walker Health and chairs the Policy Committee of the DC Community Coalition for the 2012 International AIDS Conference. In 2011, he received the Metro Weekly Next Generation Award for his local efforts against HIV.
Dan graduated from the George Washington University School of Medicine with a joint MD-MPH degree. He received The Robert Keith Cole Memorial Award – awarded to the most inspiring LGBTQ graduate for his/her work to address LGBTQ health issues. Additionally, he was awarded the US Public Health Service 2013 Excellence in Public Health Award – given to one student among all U.S. medical schools for extensive work promoting public health. In June 2013 Dan begins a three year Internal Medicine (Primary Care Track) Residency at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. Following residency, he tentatively plans to return to DC to practice as a primary care physician, specializing in HIV/AIDS.