Elizabeth O’Brien is an academic fellow in pediatric anesthesiology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, pursuing a second year of training in research. Dr. O’Brien’s research interests include physician and trainee mental health and wellness, physician substance abuse, and physician health care utilization. Additionally, she aims to research pediatric perioperative outcomes with a focus on pediatric regional anesthesia, and quality improvement. She is also a student in the Master of Applied Science in Patient Safety and Healthcare Quality program at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Dr. O’Brien hails from North Carolina originally, and attended the University of Virginia, graduating with high distinction for her thesis on Chicana Feminism, with a major in American Studies. She then attended the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine prior to becoming an anesthesiology resident at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. At Dartmouth, Dr. O’Brien was a Foundations in Anesthesia and Education Research scholar and focused her research on substance use disorders amongst anesthesia trainees. Following residency, she worked as an Instructor of Anesthesiology at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College for one year before coming to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for her fellowship. Alongside her clinical and academic work, Dr. O’Brien is a mother of two children and two dogs. She enjoys playing bluegrass music and hiking with her husband in her spare time.