Elizabeth M. O’Brien, MD, is an attending anesthesiologist with the Division of General Anesthesiology at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Areas of Expertise:
Anesthesia for children with developmental or behavioral health needs, Anesthesia for children with congenital heart disease presenting for noncardiac surgery Locations:Main Hospital Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP(1-800-879-2467)
Education and Training
MD - Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Richmond, VA
Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH
Anesthesiology - Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH (Chief Resident)
Pediatric Anesthesiology - Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Academic Research - Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Quality improvement and patient safety
Pediatric pegional anesthesia
Diversity, equity and inclusion in anesthesiology
O’Brien E, Doshi A. Multimodal Analgesia in Pediatric Acute Pain. Society of Pediatric Pain Medicine, Fall Newsletter: Acute Pediatric Pain Management for Hospitalized Patients. Electronically published 12/08/2021. Multimodal Analgesia in Pediatric Acute Pain - SPPM News (wpengine.com).
Babirak L, O’Brien E, Muhly WT. Regional Anesthesia for Pediatric Knee Surgery. Society for Pediatric Pain Medicine, Fall Newsletter: Update in Pediatric Regional Anesthesia. Electronically published 11/2020. SPPM Newsletter (pedspainmedicine.org).
O’Brien EM, Low Y. Epicardial Cavernous Hemangioma: A Diagnostic Challenge. CASE: CV Imaging Journal. 2018, Dec; 2(6): 262-265. PMID: 2468-6441.
Gurnaney H, Fiadjoe J, Ganesh A, O’Brien E, Steyn P. “When should regional anesthesia be used in pediatric patients?” Evidence-Based Practice of Anesthesiology. 4e. Saunders/Elsevier. Lee A. Fleischer, MD. Chapter 70, 2021.
Posters and Presentations
O’Brien E, Stricker P, Harris K, Liu H, Griffis H, Muhly T. Perioperative Management and Outcomes in Patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Retrospective, Matched Cohort Study. Presented at the American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting, October 22nd and 24th, 2022, New Orleans, LA.
O’Brien E, Babirak L, Julian N, Kraemer F, Gurnaney H, Pearsall M, Bailey P, Subramanyam R. Increasing Faculty Competency in Ultrasound Guided Peripheral Nerve Blocks in Pediatric Anesthesia: A Quality Improvement Project. Presented at the Society for Pediatric Pain Medicine Annual Meeting, March 31st, 2022, Tampa, FL.
O’Brien E, Babirak L, Julian N, Kraemer F, Gurnaney H, Pearsall M, Bailey P, Subramanyam R. Increasing Faculty Competency in Ultrasound Guided Peripheral Nerve Blocks in Pediatric Anesthesia: A Quality Improvement Project. Presented at the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia Annual Meeting, April 1-3, 2022. Tampa, FL.
O’Brien E, Ward C, Isserman R, Steyn P. Pyloric Stenosis and Airway Management in a Patient with Pierre Robin Sequence: The Devil you Know or the Devil you Don’t? Presented at the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia Annual Meeting, April 1-3, 2022. Tampa, FL.
O’Brien E, Leska T, Bram J, Pascual-Leone N, Williams B, Muhly WT, Ganley T. A comparison of post-discharge analgesic and functional outcomes in pediatric patients undergoing ACL reconstruction managed with a single shot or continuous femoral nerve block. Accepted for virtual presentation at 2021 Society for Pediatric Anesthesia Annual Meeting, February 27-29, 2021.
O’Brien E, Leska T, Bram J, Pascual-Leone N, Williams B, Muhly WT, Ganley T. A comparison of post-discharge analgesic and functional outcomes in pediatric patients undergoing ACL reconstruction managed with a single shot or continuous femoral nerve block. Accepted for virtual presentation at 2021 Society for Pediatric Pain Medicine Annual Meeting April 24-25, 2021.
Gran M, Stai T, O’Brien E. Anesthetic Management in a Parturient with Moyamoya Disease. Accepted for presentation at the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology, Annual Meeting, May 13-17, 2020.
O’Brien E, Rotberg D, Sites B. Prolonged Hemidiaphragm Paresis Following Interscalene Brachial Plexus Nerve Block with Liposomal Bupivacaine: Two Case Reports. Accepted at American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine Annual Meeting, April 11-13, 2019, Las Vegas, NV.
O’Brien E, Hoyt M. Perioperative Management of Pediatric ROHHAD-NET Syndrome for Paraganglioma Removal: A Case Report. Accepted for presentation at the International Anesthesia Research Society Annual Meeting, May 16-24, 2019, Montreal, QC, CAN.
O’Brien E, Record D, Franko D. Aortic Dissection with Flap Prolapse Preventing Aortic Insufficiency. Accepted for presentation at Society for Cardiac Anesthesiology Annual Meeting, May 17-19, 2019, Chicago, IL.
Awards and Honors
2019, Good Physician Award, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
2018, Foundations of Anesthesia and Education Research (FAER) Scholar, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
Leadership and Memberships
Memberships in Professional Organizations
American Society of Anesthesiologists
Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, Associate Fellow
International Anesthesiology Research Society
Society for Pediatric Anesthesia
- Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Committee
Wake Up Safe Initiative Committee Member
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