Jim O’Brien, MD, MSc, former Board Chair, is an intensive care unit (ICU) doctor who splits his time between clinical care, hospital administration, and patient quality and safety work. He serves as the System Vice President of Quality at OhioHealth in Columbus, OH. Dr. O’Brien received his medical degree from The Ohio State University (OSU) in 1996 and completed his clinical training in Internal Medicine in 1999. He served as the Chief Medical Resident for OSU from 1999-2000. He completed a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver in 2003 where he received a Masters in Health Services Research and Clinical Investigation. He served on faculty at OSU in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine from 2004-2012, leaving as an associate professor to assume his current position.
Dr. O’Brien has written papers on a wide variety of topics involving critically ill adults, including those with sepsis. He has been a participating investigator in a number of studies of critically ill patients, including novel therapeutics for sepsis. He was also funded by the National Institutes of Health to examine the effect of obesity on outcomes for patients on ventilators. He has co-authored the guidelines for management of septic patients and has led initiatives to improve care delivery, including more timely antibiotic administration.