Robert E. O'Connor, MD, MPH


Robert E. O'Connor, MD, MPH is Professor and Chair of Emergency Medicine at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. Dr. O’Connor was born in Pittsburgh, PA, attended secondary school in Philadelphia, and received his baccalaureate degree from Haverford College. He earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania, and completed emergency medicine residency training at the Medical Center of Delaware. He has worked as a Clinician for over 30 years, and has served as a State EMS Medical Director, Department Research Director, Medical Student Clerkship Director, EMS Fellowship Director and Residency Program Director. Dr. O’Connor has served as principal or co-investigator on over 50 extramural and multi-center funded projects, and has presented more than 400 research papers and lectures at local, national, and international meetings. He has over 150 published manuscripts, has co-authored six books and served as editor-in-chief of three textbooks. He has served as a peer-reviewer for over 20 journals, and is a past President of the National Association of EMS Physicians and Advocates for EMS. He is a past Chair of their Emergency Cardiac Care (ECC) Committee and served on both the Scientific Advisory Council and the Manuscript Oversight Committee for the American Heart Association. He served on the Board of Directors of the American College of Emergency Physicians from 2010 through 2016. He also serves on the 3CPR Council for the American Heart Association. His primary research and professional interests are in resuscitation, pre-hospital care and EMS systems. He is a member of a number of academic societies and is the recipient of numerous honors and awards. He enjoys active clinical practice and is a member of the medical staff at the University of Virginia Medical Center (Charlottesville, VA. Dr. O’Connor, of Charlottesville, Va., is professor, chair and physician-in-chief of the department of emergency medicine at the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville. He is currently the Marcus L. Martin Distinguished Professor of Emergency Medicine at UVA.