H. Michael O'Connor, MD, MMEd, FRCPC - Emergency Medicine

Dr. Michael O'Connor reviews medical content for Healthwise, a nonprofit organization with a mission to help people make better health decisions. Dr. O'Connor is a Professor and Chair in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Queen's University in Ontario. He is a former chair of the Specialty Training Committee (Emergency Medicine) for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Europe. Dr. O'Connor is actively involved in teaching and development of educational materials at Queen's University. He is a regular presenter, educator, and invited speaker at a variety of professional meetings and conferences.

Education and Training

MD: Queen's University, Kingston, ON, 1978

Internship in Surgery: Queen's University, Kingston, ON, 1978–1979

Residency in Emergency Medicine: Queen's University, Kingston, ON, 1979–1981

Masters of Medical Education: The University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland, 1991


Emergency Medicine, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Europe

Academic Appointments

Queen's University, ON:

  • Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, 1997–present
  • Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, 1995–1997
  • Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, 1989–1995
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, 1984–1989
  • Lecturer, Department of Surgery, 1981–1984

Financial Disclosure

The final approval of Healthwise content is always made by a clinician with no financial conflicts.

This reviewer reported no financial conflicts.

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