Aaron M. O’ Brien, MD - Profile - Aaron M. O'Brien, MD (2023)

Honors & Awards

2020

Named One of the 2020 Utah's Best Doctors for Patient Experience Excellence in Orthopedic Surgery by MedicalMarks

2009

Mid America Orthopedic Association Annual Conference Best Poster Award

2008

Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Medical Society

2006

Medical Student Research Fellowship

2009

Graduated summa cum laude

2005 – 2009

Medical Educational Opportunity Program Grant

2001 – 2005

Dean’s List

2001 – 2005

Exemplary Scholarship: 4 year full tuition and fees

Professional Experience

Research:

2012-2014

Research project. University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Department of Orthopedics and the Spinal and Thoracic Treatment and Research Center at the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Supervised by Ajeya Joshi, M.D. Investigating the management of Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome in patients with Jeune’s Syndrome using the Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Rib. Was presented at the Alamo Orthopedic Society’s annual meeting in April 2013 and the Roy Davis research competition in April 2014.

2010-2013

Research project. University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Department of Orthopedics and the Spinal and Thoracic Treatment and Research Center at the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio Supervised by Ajeya Joshi, M.D. Investigating the effects of upper extremity function after placement of the Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Rib. Research placed on hold for logistical reasons.

2008-2009

Research project. University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation. Supervised by John Callaghan M.D. Investigated the ability to accurately predict knee implant size from the patient’s height alone. Poster presented and award given at the Mid America Orthopedic Association annual meeting in April 2009. Won “Best Poster Award”

2006-2007

Student Research Fellowship. University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, Department of Surgery, Division of Trauma. Supervised by Kent Choi, M.D. Studied the effects of obesity in trauma patients related to increased mortality from infectious and septic complications. Was presented at the 2nd Annual Academic Surgical Congress, Phoenix, AZ in Feb 2007.

2003-2005

Research Assistant. Utah Valley University, Department of Biology. Supervised by Dr. Mark Bracken PhD. Investigated high altitude sickness and the differences in hemoglobin among those who experience sickness verses those who do not.

2011-2013

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine Musculoskeletal physical exam instructor

2008

University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine USMLE Step One Tutor

2006

University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine Biochemistry Tutor

2006

University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine Intro to Medical Education Anatomy Tutor

Employment:

1/2015 – 6/2015

Orthopedic Surgeon: University Hospital; Cleveland, Ohio Physician in orthopedic clinic.

2014 – 2015

Orthopedic Surgeon: Locums Tenens Position; Enid, Oklahoma Covered orthopedic trauma call at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center

2003 – 2005

O’Brien Painting and Drywall Repair; Provo, Utah
Owner
Started business during undergraduate studies. Responsibilities included: managing employees, estimating, scheduling, construction work, accounting, marketing, etc.

Publications & Abstracts

  1. Royer N, O’Brien AM, Yang JZ, Choi, K. A potential etiology of increased mortality among obese trauma patients. Poster presented at Medical Student Research Day, Iowa City, IA in Sept 2006 and at the 2nd Annual Academic Surgical Congress, Phoenix, AZ in Feb 2007.
  2. Flint J, O’Brien A, Callaghan J, Johnston R. Can Total Knee Arthroplasty Implant Size Be As Accurately Predicted By Patient Height As By Templating? Poster presented at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Mid-America Orthopedic Association and won an award for best poster.
  3. O’Brien A, Cordell D, Joshi A. The Effect of Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Rib (VEPTR) on Upper Extremity Function in Children. In Progress
  4. O’Brien A, Roth MK, Athreya H, Reinker K, Koeck W, Patil V, Trevino H, Simmons J, Joshi AP, Smith MD, Campbell RM. Management of Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome in Patients with Jeune Syndrome using the 70 mm Radius Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Rib. Presentation at the Alamo Orthopedic Society annual meeting in April 2013 and the Roy Davis Research competition in April 2014. Published in the Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics January 2015.
  5. O’Brien A, Sferra J, Berkowitz M. Arthrodesis: a viable treatment option for hallux rigidus and failed 1st MTP joint arthroplasty. Orthopedic Insights: Cleveland Clinic. Fall 2014 publication.

Book Chapters

  1. O’Brien A, Sferra J, Berkowitz M. Midfoot Fractures and Dislocations; Chapman’s Orthopedic Surgery 6th 2016. Publication pending
  2. O’Brien A, Sferra J, Berkowitz M. Forefoot Fractures and Dislocations; Chapman’s Orthopedic Surgery 6th 2016. Publication pending

Volunteer & Extracurricular Activities

2012

Youth Soccer Coach; Volunteer Coached a 4-5 year old youth soccer team

2012

San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo; volunteer Team physician for the rodeo participants for 2 weeks

2011

UTHSCSA School of Medicine physical exam instructor Help to teach the musculoskeletal exam to 2nd year medical students.

2008

Iowa City Flood Relief efforts; volunteer Helped organize and participate in sandbagging and cleanup projects.

2007

Tar Wars; volunteer Participated in this national program which involved visiting 5th grade elementary school classes and educating the children about the harmful effects of tobacco.

2006 -2007

University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine Mentor Program; mentorServed as a mentor to two incoming first year medical students by answering their questions and giving them support.

2006 -2007

Honor Council; member Participated in a council made up of 2 representatives from each class and 2-3 faculty members with the responsibility of enforcing and investigating breaches of the honor code and making recommendations to the college of medicine.

2006

Deeded Body Ceremony; volunteerParticipated in this ceremony, which honored those who donated their deceased bodies for educational purposes.

2005 – 2008

Domestic Violence Intervention Program; volunteer Helped organize and participated in an annual fundraiser, visited and played with children affected by domestic violence, and delivered food donated by local businesses.

2002 – 2005

Utah Valley University, Future Doctors of America Club; founder and president Organized meetings and speakers, fundraisers, service projects, and recruited premedical students.

2002 – 2005

Project Vision, One to One; mentor Served as a mentor to an at-risk youth which involved weekly activities that helped him gain valuable skills.

2002 – 2005

Utah Valley Regional Medical Center; ; volunteer Participated in various duties in the emergency department, pediatric inpatient unit, and the ICU.

1997 – 1999

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; missionary Lived in Hungary for 2 years where responsibilities included proselyting, teaching English, and participating in multiple service projects.

Professional Memberships & Certifications

University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

2005 – 2009

Iowa Surgical Interest Society

2005 – 2009

Orthopedic Surgery Interest Group

2005 – 2007

Iowa Medical Student Research Club

Local

2009 – Present

Texas Orthopedic Association

2009 – Present

Alamo Orthopedic Society

2009 – Present

Bexar County Medical Association

National

2015 – Present

Utah State Orthopedic Society

2014 – Present

American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society

2009 – Present

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery

2008 – Present

Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Medical Society

2006 – 2007

American College of Emergency Medicine Physicians

2006 – 2007

American College of Physicians

2003 – 2005

American Medical Student Association

CME COURSES

4/2015

Arthrex Foot and Ankle Surgery Fellow’s Course Naples, FL 2 day cadaver course with instruction from leading surgeons in the field

3/2015

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery Annual Meeting: Las Vegas, NV One week instructional course

11/2014

Wright Medical Foot and Ankle Course: : New York, NY 2 day instructional course

9/2014

Tornier Foot and Ankle Surgery Fellow’s Course: Baltimore, MD; Course chairman: Mark Myerson, M.D. 2 day cadaver course

5/2014

Miller Orthopedic Review Course: : Denver, CO One week instructional course over all Orthopedic topics

3/2014

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery Annual Meeting: : New Orleans, LA One week instructional course

2/2014

Smith and Nephew Cadaver Course: Memphis, TN 2 day surgical exposures cadaver course

1/2014

International Congress of Joint Replacement Winter Hip and Knee Course: Vail, CO One week instructional and cadaver course on hip and knee replacements

11/2013

Accumed Foot and Ankle Course: Houston, TX 1 day instructional and cadaver course

3/2013

AO Advanced Trauma Course: Sun Valley, ID One week instructional course

9/2012

Stryker Foot and Ankle Fellow’s Course: : Denver, CO 2 day cadaver course

11/2011

AO Basic Trauma Course: Las Vegas, ID One week instructional course

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