Erin K. O'Brien, M.D.

  1. Otolaryngologist

Location

  1. Rochester, Minnesota

Languages

English

Erin O'Brien, M.D., is a fellowship trained rhinologist with a specialty interest in chronic rhinosinusitis, nasal polyps, aspirin exacerbated respiratory disease (AERD: nasal polyps, asthma, aspirin sensitivity), benign sinus tumors, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks in the nose, and skull base surgery. She is the Division Chair of Rhinology in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology.

Her clinical focus includes:

  • Complex revision endoscopic sinus surgery include complex frontal sinus surgery
  • Multidisciplinary treatment of chronic rhinosinusitis and nasal polyps with asthma and allergies with colleagues in Allergy and Pulmonary medicine
  • Endoscopic sinus surgery and surgical management of chronic sinusitis and nasal polyps
  • Surgical and medical management of Aspirin Exacerbated Respiratory disease AERD (Samter's Triad) of nasal polyps, asthma and aspirin sensitivity.
  • Surgical management of benign sinus tumors such as inverted papillomas
  • Endoscopic repair of nasal CSF leaks and encephaloceles with neurosurgery
  • Endoscopic approaches to pituitary tumors with neurosurgery
  • Expertise in Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia and epistaxis
  • Her research focus includes AERD and aspirin sensitive asthma and nasal polyps as well as chronic sinusitis.

In addition to her clinical activities, Dr. O'Brien is active in research and education, and provides mentorship to medical students and residents.

  1. Endoscopic procedure
  • Endoscopic sinus and skull base surgery
  • Rhinology
  • Chronic rhinosinusitis
  • Nasal polyps
  • Aspirin Exacerbated Respiratory Disease (Samter's triad)
  • Benign sinus tumors
  • Sinonasal inverted papilloma
  • Smell disorders
  • Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) rhinorrhea and leaks
  1. 2008
    Fellow - Rhinology and Chemosensory Fellowship in Dept of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck SurgeryUniversity of Nebraska Medical Center
  2. 2007
    Resident - Residency in Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck SurgeryUniversity of Iowa
  3. 2003
    Research Fellowship - T32 NIH Research Fellowship, Departments of Anatomy and Cell Biology, PediatricsUniversity of Iowa
  4. 2001
    Internship - Internship in General SurgeryMercy Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA
  5. 2000
    MDUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  6. 1996
    BA - BA in Biology, Magna cum laudeDePauw University

Awards and honors

  1. 2010
    Loan Repayment ProgramNational Institutes of Health
  2. 2003
    Research Week Poster Competition AwardCollege of Medicine, University of Iowa
  3. 2000
    Kenneth H. Hinderer, M.D., Memorial Award in OtolaryngologyUniversity of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  4. 1996
    Phi Beta KappaDePauw University
  5. 1996
    Albert E. Reynolds Outstanding Senior Award in Biological SciencesDePauw University
  6. 1992
    Rector Presidential Scholarship, Full TuitionDePauw University
  7. 1992
    Science Research Fellows ProgramDePauw University

Professional memberships

  1. 2020 - present
    Chair ElectAmerican Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
  2. 2020 - present
    Committee MemberAmerican Rhinologic Society
  3. 2020 - present
    Committee MemberAmerican Rhinologic Society
  4. 2019 - 2020
    ChairAmerican Rhinologic Society
  5. 2019 - present
    Executive CommitteeResearch Committee, Department of Otorhinolaryngology
  6. 2019 - present
    Oral ExaminerAmerican Board of Otolaryngology
  7. 2018 - 2020
    Governing Board, Women in Rhinology SectionAmerican Rhinologic Society
  8. 2018 - present
    ChairMembership Committee, American Rhinologic Society
  9. 2018 - present
    Founding Charter Member, Women in Rhinology SectionAmerican Rhinologic Society
  10. 2018 - present
    Committee MemberAmerican Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
  11. 2018 - present
    Committee ChairAmerican Rhinologic Society
  12. 2018 - 2019
    Immediate Past PresidentMinnesota Academy of Otolaryngology
  13. 2018 - present
    Commiittee MemberClinical Practice Committee, Department of Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery/Audiology
  14. 2017 - 2018
    PresidentMinnesota Academy of Otolaryngology
  15. 2016 - 2018
    MemberSociety of University Otolaryngologists - Head and Neck Surgeons
  16. 2016 - 2018
    Founding Member, Women in Rhinology CouncilAmerican Rhinologic Society
  17. 2016 - 2017
    Oral Boards Guest ExaminerAmerican Board of Otolaryngology
  18. 2016 - present
    MemberMayo Clinic Rochester, Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Executive Committee
  19. 2016 - 2017
    President ElectMinnesota Academy of Otolaryngology
  20. 2015 - present
    Department Team LeaderOffice of Diversity and Inclusion
  21. 2015 - present
    Commiittee MemberMarketing Committee, Department of Otorhinolaryngology
  22. 2014 - present
    Membership CommitteeAmerican Rhinologic Society
  23. 2014 - present
    Membership committee memberAmerican Rhinological Society
  24. 2014 - 2016
    TreasurerMinnesota Academy of Otolaryngology
  25. 2014 - present
    Program CommitteeAmerican Rhinologic Society
  26. 2012 - present
    MemberResident Interview Committee, Department of Otorhinolaryngology
  27. 2012 - present
    MemberEducation Committee, Department of Otorhinolaryngology
  28. 2012 - present
    Commiittee MemberResearch Committee, Department of Otorhinolaryngology
  29. 2012 - present
    FellowAmerican Rhinologic Society
  30. 2011 - present
    MemberNorth American Skull Base Society
  31. 2010 - 2012
    Item WriterAmerican Board of Otolaryngology
  32. 2008 - present
    DiplomateAmerican Board of Otolaryngology
  33. 2007 - present
    MemberAmerican Rhinologic Society
  34. 2005
    MemberAmerican Academy of Otolaryngologic Allergy
  35. 2001 - 2003
    MemberAmerican Society of Human Genetics
  36. 2001 - present
    MemberAmerican Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

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