Dr Aidan O Brien
Dr. Aidan O’Brien is Adjunct Clinical Senior Lecturer with the University of Limerick Medical School and Consultant Respiratory Physician at the University Hospital Limerick (UHL). He qualified from University College Galway in 1989. He completed his Internship and Senior House Officer training in Ireland before moving to the USA to do a medical residency at the University of Minnesota. He then completed a 3 year Fellowship in Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He remained there for another year on faculty as senior lecturer. Following this, he was appointed as an Assistant Professor at Brown Medical School in Providence, Rhode Island. He also held positions as Assistant Director of the Pulmonary/Critical Care Fellowship at Brown University, as well as Director of the ICU/ Respiratory Therapy Department and Pulmonary Function Laboratory/ Sleep Centre at the VA Medical Centre. He moved to Ireland in 2002 holding Consultant Respiratory Physician posts initially in the Midland Regional Hospital Mullingar before finally moving to UHL. He has completed and published in both basic science and clinical research. He is Vice-President of the Irish Thoracic Society, as well as a member of the medical advisory board for the Irish Asthma Society. Other national specialist advisory committee memberships presently include the Interstitial Lung Disease Clinical Advisory Committee, Severe Asthma Clinical Advisory Committee as well as the Lung Cancer Clinical Advisory Committee. He has been instrumental in establishing UHL as one of the national specialist centres in severe asthma, interstitial lung disease as well as a Rapid Access Lung Cancer Centre, for which he is presently is clinical lead.