Kevin D. O'Brien, MD
Professor
Medicine
Attending Physician, University of Washington Medical Center

Faculty Information

Biography

Dr. O'Brien is an attending physician at UWMC and a UW professor of medicine. He is an expert in congestive heart failure, cardiac transplantation, and lipid disorders, practicing in these fields for over 20 years. 

Dr. Kevin O'Brien has 15+ years of experience directing a morphology core for an NIH-funded program project on macrovascular disease in diabetes, as well as, 5+ years co-directing the Nephrology, Macrophascular and Microvascular Core of the Seattle Mouse Metabolic Phenotyping Center. 

Dr. O'Brien has a long-standing interest in models of diabetic vascular disease, and the O'Brien laboratory has further developed expertise in the evaluation of diabetes-related alterations in adipose tissue and myocardium as a key component of his lab's work for both the program project grant and the MMPC. As a practicing cardiologist specializing in heart failure and post-transplant care, he also has direct, clinical experience in echocardiographic and invasive evaluation of cardiomyopathy and atherosclerosis. 

After completing his bachelor’s degree at the University of Idaho, Dr. O’Brien went on to get an M.D. (with honors) from the UW. He followed his internship and residency at the UW with a chief medical residency at the VA and senior fellowships in metabolism, endocrinology, nutrition and cardiology at the UW. 

Dr. O’Brien is board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular diseases. Among his many honors, he has received the Robert L. Van Citters Medical Thesis Award, the Sheard-Sanford Award from the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, and Outstanding Investigator from the Western Society for Clinical Investigation.

Dr. O'Brien enjoys hiking and traveling.

 

Education & Training: 
Senior Cardiology Fellowship
University of Washington
Seattle, WA
1992
Senior Research Fellowship in Metabolism, Endocrinology, and Nutrition
University of Washington
Seattle, WA
1989
Internship and Residency
University of Washington
Seattle, WA
1987
MD
University of Washington School of Medicine
Seattle, WA
1984
Medical Student Research Fellowship
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Seattle, WA
1981
BS
University of Idaho
Moscow, ID
1980
Honors: 
President-Elect, Western Society for Clinical Investigation
2006-2007
Outstanding Investigator, Western Society for Clinical Investigation
2003
President, American Federation for Medical Research
2001-2002
Chief Medical Resident, Veterans' Affairs Medical Center
1988
Honor in Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine
1984
Thesis Honors, University of Washington School of Medicine
1984
Sheard-Sanford Award, American Society of Clinical Pathologists
1983
Robert L. Van Citters Medical Thesis Award, University of Washington
1982
Phi Beta Kappa, University of Idaho
1980
Buchanan Award (Perfect Undergraduate GPA), University of Idaho
1980
Theophilus Award (The University's Most Outstanding Graduate), University of Idaho
1980
Summa Cum Laude, University of Idaho
1980