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 via 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 and the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Education and Training:
Fellowship, EMS Medicine, University at Buffalo (2017)
Residency, Emergency Medicine, University at Buffalo, (Chief Resident 2015-16) (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)
Clinical Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, University at Buffalo (2019-present)
Medical Director, Niagara County Sheriff's Office (2019-present)
Attending Physician, Emergency Medicine, Buffalo General Medical Center (2017-present)
Medical Director, Quality & Education, Mercy Flight of Western New York (2017-present)
Attending Physician, Emergency Medicine, Erie County Medical Center (2016-present)
Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, Rush University Medical Center, Rush Medical College, Rush University (2018–2019)
Attending Physician, Emergency Medicine, Buffalo VA Medical Center (2017–2018)
Clinical Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, University at Buffalo (2017–2018)