Michael O‘Brien

Michael C. O‘Brien

Michael C. O‘Brien MD, FACEP, FAEMS, FAMPA

UBMD Emergency Medicine


Emergency Medical Services; Emergency Medicine


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. He responds with the Town of Tonawanda Police Department's Emergency Medical Unit.
Additionally, he is the Associate System Medical Director and Flight Physician for Mercy Flight of Western New York.

Dr. O‘Brien‘s interests center around prehospital resuscitation and extracorporeal life support (ECLS). He is a subject matter expert in Emergency Medical Services, aeromedical evacuation/retrieval, and tactical medicine/active threat incidents. 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.


Emergency Medical Services, Emergency Medicine

Physician Gender:


Board Certifications:

  • Board Certification, American Board of Emergency Medicine

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)

Awards and Honors:

  • Excellence in Education Award (2024)
  • Fellow of the Air Medical Physician Association (FAMPA) (2024)
  • Fellow of the Academy of Emergency Medical Services (FAEMS) (2020)
  • Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians (FACEP) (2019)
  • Hero of the Heart, Rush University Medical Center (2018)
  • WOW! Award, Rush University Medical Center (2018)
  • Attending Physician of the Year, University at Buffalo Emergency Medicine Residency (2018)
  • Physician of Excellence, Wyoming-Erie Regional EMS Council (2017)
  • Outstanding Resident Oral Research Presentation, NY American College of Emergency Physicians (2015)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society

Research Profile:

This UBMD physician is also a member of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, teaching the next generation of doctors and researching to advance care in WNY and beyond. Learn more about this physician's research and teaching activities, as well as view credentials, publications, professional involvement and more below.

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