Dr. O’Brien is an assistant professor at the College of Notre Dame. Before joining the faculty at Notre Dame, he worked for Responsible Health, LLC, where he was president for 3 years. He has also worked for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) as senior director of state policy and as a spokesperson for Healthy Town USA, recipient of the Medical Marketing and Media Awards honor for best use of public relations for consumers in 2007.
Before his employment at PhRMA, Dr. O’Brien worked for Sankyo Pharma, Inc., as manager of government affairs, medical and scientific affairs, and medical science liaison. He was also the 2000–01 executive resident in association management and leadership at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
He received his doctor of pharmacy with honors from Nova Southeastern University College of Pharmacy and his master’s of public health from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Dr. O’Brien has received several awards including the PhRMA President’s Award for Medicare Outreach in 2006; Nova Southeastern University Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award in 2005; and Director’s Leadership Award from Sankyo Pharma, Inc., in 2002.
Dr. O’Brien is a member of several professional associations including the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, American Public Health Association, and Phi Lambda Sigma, the national pharmacy leadership society.
He is well published, from a chapter in Leadership and Advocacy for Pharmacy, published by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA), to articles in the Journal of Pharmaceutical Marketing and Management and American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy.
His recent article in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education celebrated the life of the late Dr. Gloria Niemeyer Francke, the first female Remington Medalist. Dr. Francke was also the first woman to receive both the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Harvey A.K. Whitney Award and the Remington Honor Medal from APhA as well as the first woman to have her name associated with a national pharmacy award.
Dr. O’Brien has delivered more than 400 presentations in the past 7 years on topics such as Medicare prescription drug coverage enrollment and testimony supporting legislation to improve the affordability and access of prescription drugs.