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Michelle O'Gara

St. Barnabus Hospital Healt System
Assistant Director, Marketing & Communications

Michelle O’Gara is a driven communications and marketing leader who specializes in corporate strategy, branding, and integrated marketing communications, with a special passion for health care initiatives. She is also the author and illustrator of "Cancerland and The Other Side of Sick" — a book to help people facing a diagnosis. Recently, Michelle was named a "Digital Visionary" by Facebook for leading the first team in the health care industry to implement Workplace. She started her professional career as a scenic designer, and received critical acclaim from "The New York Times" and "Entertainment Design Magazine" for her collaborations with Pulitzer Prize winner John Patrick Shanley and the late Oscar Award Winner Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Her diverse background provides a one-of-a-kind context for her work. Currently, she works at SBH Health System, a safety net hospital committed to improving population health in the borough of the Bronx, where she created an annual mentorship program, with 2-3 interns participating annually. Additionally, she operates a public relations and communications consulting agency. Michelle holds an MA in public relations from Iona College. You can talk with her about health care, breadfruit, or the 1965 Gemini 4 space glove @mogaraland.