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Meghan O'Brien, MD

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Medicine
SchoolSchool of Medicine
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    Brown University, Providence, RIBA2006American Studies, Race and Ethnicity
    Columbia University Post-baccalaureate Premedical Program, New York, NY2008Premedical
    University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine , Philadelphia, PAMD, Master of Bioethics2014Medicine, Bioethics
    UCSF Primary Care General Internal Medicine Residency, San Francisco, CA2017Internal Medicine
    University of California, San Francisco, CA2017Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Champion Training

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    Meghan O'Brien, MD, is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of San Francisco, California, and a general internist practicing hospital medicine at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Her undergraduate studies of race and ethnicity fueled her desire for a practical skill set with which to address structural injustice, which drew her to medicine. She is driven by caring for underserved populations and leverages her training in primary care and bioethics in service of providing care for the whole person during the hospitalized moment.

    Academically, Dr. O'Brien is interested in medical education, diversity in medicine, point of care ultrasound, health humanities, bioethics, and addiction medicine. Dr. O'Brien is committed to promoting an equitable and inclusive workplace and learning environment. She has been trained as a Community Ambassador to provide support to colleagues around issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. Dr. O’Brien is also a member of the Differences Matter task force Working Group 3 which promotes an inclusive curriculum and educational environment. To support her work in medical education, she has been awarded three educational innovations grants to co-develop a health-professions student elective that harnesses the medical humanities to amplify non-clinical patient experiences that impact health, to help build a more robust point of care ultrasound curriculum for the Internal Medicine Residency, and to develop an addiction medicine curriculum for interprofessional students rotating on the Addiction Medicine Consult Service.

    In addition to providing clinical care and education, she also serves as a Regional Director for the California Bridge project. In this capacity, she works with a team to support regional hospitals in the development and implementation of buprenorphine induction programs to treat patients with opioid use disorder and connect them to ongoing care.

    Dr. O'Brien is a certified bilingual provider (Spanish).

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    1. O'Brien M. Finding the Balance of Less is More--Reply. JAMA Intern Med. 2016 Feb; 176(2):283. PMID: 26830246.
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    2. O'Brien M. An Injudicious Request--Performing a Test That Is Not Indicated. JAMA Intern Med. 2015 Oct; 175(10):1606-7. PMID: 26301792.
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    3. Rising KL, Padrez KA, O'Brien M, Hollander JE, Carr BG, Shea JA. Return visits to the emergency department: the patient perspective. Ann Emerg Med. 2015 Apr; 65(4):377-386.e3. PMID: 25193597.
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    4. Thaler A, Dunlevy H, Cohn J, Speck R, O'Brien M, McCunn M. A basic needs assessment of Kenyan health care practitioners' training and ability in providing resuscitation management for patients in Mbagathi Hospital, Nairobi. J Clin Anesth. 2013 Aug; 25(5):388-392. PMID: 23965195.
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