Michael C. O‘Brien MD, FACEP, FAEMS, CCEMT-P

Michael O‘Brien

Michael C. O‘Brien
MD, FACEP, FAEMS, CCEMT-P

Associate Program Director, Fellowship in EMS Medicine

Department of Emergency Medicine

Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences


Specialty/Research Focus

Emergency Medical Services; Emergency Medicine

Contact Information
Department of Emergency Medicine, Division of EMS Medicine
Erie County Medical Center
462 Grider Street
Buffalo, New York 14215
Phone: 716-898-6582
Fax: 716-463-5400
mco6@buffalo.edu


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Professional Summary:

Dr. O‘Brien is a veteran critical care paramedic, EMS educator, and EMS physician. His clinical practice is split between shifts in the Emergency Department and operational medicine/field response. He provides medical direction to Erie Community College‘s EMS training programs and the Niagara County Sheriff‘s Office Emergency Response Team. Additionally, he is a Medical Director and Flight Physician for Mercy Flight of Western New York.

Dr. O‘Brien‘s research interests center around extracorporeal life support (ECLS) and prehospital resuscitation. He and his colleagues in the Department of Emergency Medicine‘s EMS Division are currently working to enhance cardiac arrest survival in the City of Buffalo and its surrounding communities. He is a frequent speaker on topics such as out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, operational/austere medicine, and the ethics of emergency care. He is double board-certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine in Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services. He serves on national committees with both the National Association of EMS Physicians, the American College of Emergency Physicians, and the Air Medical Physician Association.

Education and Training:

  • Fellowship, EMS Medicine, University at Buffalo (2017)
  • Residency, Emergency Medicine, University at Buffalo (2016)
  • MD, Medicine, University of Illinois College of Medicine (2012)
  • MA, Criminology, University of Illinois (2006)
  • BS, Criminal Justice, Loyola University Chicago, Magna Cum Laude (2004)

Employment:

  • Associate System Medical Director, Mercy Flight of Western New York (2021-present)
  • Director of Prehospital Services, New York MATTERS (2020-present)
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (2019-present)
  • Medical Director, Niagara County Sheriff's Office (2019-present)
  • Attending Physician, Buffalo General Medical Center (2017-present)
  • Attending Physician, Erie County Medical Center (2016-present)
  • Medical Director, Quality & Education, Mercy Flight of Western New York (2017–2021)
  • Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, Rush University Medical Center Rush Medical College, Rush University (2018–2019)
  • Attending Physician, Buffalo VA Medical Center (2017–2018)
  • Attending Physician, Oishei Children‘s Hospital (2017–2018)
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (2017–2018)
  • Medical Director, Erie County Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Services (2017–2018)
  • Clinical Instructor, Emergency Medicine, University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (2017)
  • Clinical Assistant Instructor, Emergency Medicine, University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (2013–2016)
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Awards and Honors:

  • Fellow, Academy of Emergency Medical Services, National Assocation of EMS Physicians (2020)
  • Fellow, American College of Emergency Physicians (2019)
  • Hero of the Heart (2018)
  • Attending Physician of the Year (2018)
  • Physician of Excellence (2017)
  • Outstanding Resident Oral Research Presentation (2015)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society

Research Expertise:

  • Disaster Medicine
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Extracorporeal Life Support (ECLS/ECMO)
  • Resuscitation & Emergency Critical Care

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Professional Memberships:

  • Air Medical Physicians Association (2019–present)
  • Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (2019–present)
  • National Association of EMS Physicians (2014–present)
  • American College of Emergency Physicians (2012–present)

Presentations:

  • "Airway First! Management of Traumatic Airways" 2021 Trauma Management for Rural EMS & Community Hospitals (T-REACH) Conference (2021)
  • "High Velocity Vascular Trauma" University at Buffalo/University of Rochester Combined Grand Rounds; University at Buffalo (2017)
  • "Resuscitation of the Blunt Trauma Patient" Annual Meeting; Vietnam Society for Emergency Medicine (2016)
  • "Ultrasound Identification of Successful Endotracheal Tube Placement by Paramedics and Residents" Scientific Assembly; American College of Emergency Physicians (2014)

Service Activities:

  • Clinical Competency Committee (2021–present)
  • Getzville Fire Company; Volunteer Firefighter (2021–present)
  • Moderated research/abstract presentations within Trauma, Disaster Medicine, and EMS categories at the 2020 American College of Emergency Physicians Scientific Assembly; Research Forum Moderator (2020–present)
  • Program Evaluation Committee, Department of Emergency Medicine (2020–present)
  • Education/Standards Committee, Air Medical Physician Association Develop & approve panelists for Medical Director Core Curriculum courses offered at the annual Air Medical Transport Conference; Chair (2020–present)
  • ECMO Committee, Erie County Medical Center; Co-Chair (2020–present)
  • ; Faculty Advisor, EMS Scholarly Track (2020–present)
  • ; Air Medical Journal (2020–present)
  • Ethics Committee, Erie County Medical Center; Member (2020–present)
  • Annals of Emergency Medicine (2020–present)
  • Review periodic manuscripts from the Emergency Care & Safety Institute for medical content; ACEP/ESCI Medical Review Panelist (2020–present)
  • Air Medical Services Committee, National Association of EMS Physicians; Member (2020–present)
  • EMS Committee, American College of Emergency Physicians; Member (2019–present)
  • Faculty Council Steering Committee; Member (2019–2020)
  • Program Evaluation Committee, Fellowship in EMS Medicine (2019–present)
  • Clinical Competency Committee, Fellowship in EMS Medicine (2019–present)
  • Shock Committee, Kaleida Health; Member (2019–present)
  • Prehospital Guidelines Consortium; Member (2019–present)
  • Medical Executive Committee, Kaleida Health; Member (2019–present)
  • Education Committee, National Association of EMS Physicians; Member (2019–present)
  • Air Medical Committee, National Association of EMS Physicians; Member (2019–present)
  • Author new articles, patrol article edits, manage editorial promotions for WikEM, the open-source emergency medicine wiki; Associate Editor, WikEM (2018–present)
  • Prehospital & Disaster Medicine Section, American College of Emergency Physicians; Councillor (2017–present)
  • Western Region Emergency Medical Advisory Committee; Chair (2017–2018)
  • EMS Committee, New York American College of Emergency Physicians; Member (2016–2018)

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Contact Information

Department of Emergency Medicine, Division of EMS Medicine
Erie County Medical Center
462 Grider Street
Buffalo, New York 14215
Phone: 716-898-6582
Fax: 716-463-5400
mco6@buffalo.edu

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