Patricia O'Brien, MD, PhD

Pediatric Hospitalist, Hospital Medicine

Surgical Hospitalist, Hospital Medicine

Attending Physician, Hospital Medicine

Instructor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone: 513-636-0404

Email: patricia.o'

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Surgical hospitalist; pediatric hospitalist.


Rapid cycle improvement collaborative (RCIC)


Prior to her return to Cincinnati Children's, Dr. O'Brien worked as a pediatric hospitalist in Wilmington, in North Carolina and in Tasmania, Australia.  In North Carolina the program was affiliated with University of North Carolina and provided newborn nursery, pediatric inpatient and pediatric ICU care to the infants and children of southeast North Carolina.  Dr. O'Brien was instrumental in establishing an annual memorial service for infants and children cared for at the hospital and in the development of a compassionate care program for chronically ill children. 

Tasmania, Australia broadened her clinical experience in a different medical system, where the pediatric hospitalist provides neonatal ICU level 2/3 care, subspecialty care (CF, oncologic patients), general pediatric inpatient care, and outpatient follow up.  Such experiences are invaluable to developing clinical acumen and recognizing the common links needed to provide excellent care for infants and children across the world.

Since arriving back to Cincinnati Children's, Dr. O'Brien has enrolled in RCIC (Rapid Cycle Improvement Collaborative) to help improve asthma care for children.  This course will provide key quality improvement tools to aid in future research projects.

Education and Training

PhD: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2003.

MD: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2005.

Residency: Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2008.