Dr. Dan O’Brien is board certified in emergency medicine by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is a Professor of Emergency Medicine has been teaching at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine emergency medicine for over thirty-three years. He is the Director of Ultrasound Training as well as the Director of International Emergency Medicine for the Department of Emergency Medicine. He has participated in numerous national and international conferences teaching bedside ultrasound as well as advocating for and lecturing on the role of bedside ultrasound in the critical care and emergency department environment.
He has extensive operational and administrative experience in emergency medical services system development. He has served in numerous leadership positions such as Kentucky’s EMS Medical Director, Louisville EMS medical director, Louisville Fire and Rescue medical director and STATCARE air medical services. He has served operationally as a tactical physician and as a sworn law enforcement officer for a tactical team for twenty-two years and has been a civilian member of a large metropolitan SWAT team for twenty-four. As Fire Surgeon for the Louisville Division of Fire he has provided medical support and consultation regarding fitness for duty, medical exposures and scene rehabilitation to a department with over 500 members.
Research and educational areas of interest include critical care medicine, airway management, air medical transportation, prehospital treatment guidelines for paramedics, hospital disaster management, disaster medicine, smoke inhalation and cyanide toxicity as well as the utilization of ultrasound in the management of the unstable patient. Personal interests include personal fitness and endurance cycling.