David M. O’Brien, MD, MPH, Occupational Medicine Physician with Langley AFB and Federal Aviation Administration

Get to know Occupational Medicine Physician, Dr. David M. O’Brien, who currently serves patients in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 

Dr. O’Brien is a board-certified occupational medicine and aerospace medicine physician in practice at Langley AFB in Hampton, Virginia, and the Federal Aviation Administration in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He is the manager of CAMI’s Aerospace Medical Certification Division at FAA in Oklahoma City. Dr. O’Brien is licensed to practice medicine in Oklahoma, California, Texas, Colorado, and Arizona. He is President of the American Society of Aerospace Medicine Specialists, Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association and former Secretary/Treasurer of the USAF Society of Flight Surgeons.

Equipped with a medical degree acquired in 1987 at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Dr. O’Brien completed an internship at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital (1987 – 1988), followed by an aerospace medicine residency (1994 – 1995) and an occupational medicine residency (1995 – 1996) conducted at San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium in San Antonio, Texas. He also attended the University of Texas School of Public Health, where he obtained his Master of Public Health. 

Subsequent to his training, Dr. O’Brien received board certification in occupational medicine and aerospace medicine through the American Board of Preventive Medicine. The American Board of Preventive Medicine was established to promote the health and safety of the American people through high standards in the certification and maintenance of certification in the profession of preventive health.

Occupational medicine is a medical specialty that is concerned with diagnosing, managing and preventing disease that has been caused or exacerbated by workplace factors. Occupational medicine physicians are concerned with all aspects of the effects of work on health and health on work.

Aerospace medicine focuses on the clinical care, research, and operational support of the health, safety, and performance of crew members and passengers of air and space vehicles, together with the support personnel who assist operation of such vehicles.

Dr. O’Brien was the Command Surgeon at the Department of Defense United States Transportation Command where he was the manager responsible for global patient movement, supporting military operations and national disasters through Federal Interagency collaboration.

Dr. O’Brien’s previous leadership assignments include Command Surgeon at the 13th Air Force in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Commander/Chief Executive Officer at the 51st Medical Group in South Korea, Squadron Commander/Chief of Aerospace Medicine at the 1st Aerospace Medicine Squadron in Hampton, VA, Squadron Commander/Department Chairman at the 96th Aerospace Medicine Squadron in Eglin AFB, FL, Command Flight Surgeon at the Headquarters Air Mobility Command in Scott AFB, IL, Squadron Commander/Department Chair at the 47th Aeromedical-Dental Squadron al Laughlin AFB, TX, and Aerospace Medicine Flight Commander/Department Chair at the 354th Medical Operations Squadron at Eielson AFB, AK. 

Learn more about Dr. David M. O’Brien:
Through her findatopdoc profile, https://www.findatopdoc.com/doctor/1191011-David-O-Brien-Preventative-Medicine-Specialist 

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