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 procedures
  • 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
    Fellow - NIH Research Fellowship, Departments of Anatomy and Cell Biology and 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 AdwardCollege 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. 2019 - present
    Oral ExaminerAmerican Board of Otolaryngology
  2. 2018 - present
    Immediate Past PresidentWomen in Rhinology Section, American Rhinologic Society
  3. 2018 - present
    ChairMembership Committee, American Rhinologic Society
  4. 2018 - present
    Founding Charter MemberWomen in Rhinology Section, American Rhinologic Society
  5. 2018 - present
    Immediate Past PresidentMinnesota Academy of Otolaryngology
  6. 2017 - 2018
    PresidentMinnesota Academy of Otolaryngology
  7. 2016 - present
    MemberSociety of University Otolaryngologists - Head and Neck Surgeons
  8. 2016 - 2018
    Founding MemberWomen in Rhinology Council
  9. 2016 - 2017
    Oral Boards Guest ExaminerAmerican Board of Otolaryngology
  10. 2016 - present
    MemberMayo Clinic Rochester, Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Executive Committee
  11. 2016 - 2017
    President ElectMinnesota Academy of Otolaryngology
  12. 2015 - present
    Department Team LeaderDepartment of Diversity Leaders
  13. 2015 - present
    MemberENT Research and Academic Productivity Committee
  14. 2015 - present
    MemberENT Education Committee
  15. 2014 - present
    Membership CommitteeAmerican Rhinologic Society
  16. 2014 - present
    Membership committee memberAmerican Rhinological Society
  17. 2014 - 2016
    TreasurerMinnesota Academy of Otolaryngology
  18. 2014 - present
    Program CommitteeAmerican Rhinologic Society
  19. 2013
    Organizer and ModeratorAmerican Rhinologic Society
  20. 2012 - present
    FellowAmerican Rhinologic Society
  21. 2011 - present
    MemberNorth American Skull Base Society
  22. 2010 - 2012
    Item WriterAmerican Board of Otolaryngology
  23. 2008 - present
    DiplomateAmerican Board of Otolaryngology
  24. 2007 - present
    MemberAmerican Rhinologic Society
  25. 2005
    MemberAmerican Academy of Otolaryngologic Allergy
  26. 2001 - 2003
    MemberAmerican Society of Human Genetics
  27. 2001 - present
    MemberAmerican Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Publications

Research activities

See a description of research activities.