H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine

Dr. Michael O'Connor reviews medical content for Healthwise, a nonprofit organization with a mission to help people make better health decisions. Dr. O'Connor is a professor and former Chair in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Queen's University in Ontario. He is a former chair of the Specialty Training Committee (Emergency Medicine) for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Dr. O'Connor serves as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Emergency Medicine and the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine. He was recently appointed as the Medical Director of the National Office—Health Emergency Response Team—for the Public Health Agency in Canada.

Dr. O'Connor is actively involved in teaching and development of educational materials at Queen's University. He is a regular presenter, educator, and invited speaker at a variety of professional meetings and conferences.

Board Certifications

Fellowship: Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Emergency Medicine—1984

Healthwise Knowledgebase Topics Reviewed

Dr. O'Connor reviews emergency medicine and symptom topics for Healthwise.


MD: Queen's University, ON, 1978
Residency in Emergency Medicine: Queen's University, ON, 1978–1981
MMEd: University of Dundee, Scotland, 1990

Academic Appointments

Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Queen's University, ON, 1997–present
Former Chairman, Department of Emergency Medicine, Queen's University, ON

Hospital Affiliations

Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston, ON
Kingston General Hospital, Kingston, ON

Professional Affiliations

Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians
Canadian Medical Association
Ontario Medical Association
Trauma Association of Canada

Selected Publications

  1. Kuzak N, O'Connor HM, Pickett W, O'Brien T, Reid K, Pearson M (2001). Impact of a triage system on prison injuries presenting to the emergency department. Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine, 3: 199–204.
  2. Poenaru D, Morales D, Richards A, O'Connor M (1997). Running an objective structured clinical examination on a shoestring budget. American Journal of Surgery, 173: 538–541.
  3. O'Connor M (1995). The evaluation of psychomotor skills. In Evaluation Methods: A Resource Handbook. Hamilton, ON: McMaster University Program for Faculty Development.

Financial Disclosure

This reviewer reported no financial conflicts.

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