May 16, 2013
Brian O'Neil, M.D.
Valerie M. Parisi, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., announced the appointment May 16.
Dr. O’Neil has served as interim chair of the department for the last year.
“Dr. O’Neil has proven to be a strong leader, and due to his outstanding performance and leadership the faculty of the department unanimously elected to forgo a national search and recommended that he be appointed chair,” Dean Parisi said. “I believe that Dr. O’Neil’s passion for medicine and education, and the treatment of patients, as well as his national reputation with the American Heart Association, make him the ideal leader for the department.”
Dr. O’Neil, a recognized expert in the field of cardiac and cerebral resuscitation, is a 1986 graduate of the WSU School of Medicine.
“It is an absolute honor to be chosen to lead this world-class department,” said Dr. O’Neil, who also serves as director of Basic Science Research in the Department of Emergency Medicine.
The Clarkston, Mich., resident chairs the American Heart Association’s Emergency Cardiovascular Committee Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Committee. He was named immediate past president of the science sub-committee chair of the ECC. In addition, he is a member of the Emergency Cardiac Care Steering Committee and the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation, advisory groups to the American Heart Association.
“Our first order of business is to get our three new fellowships in clinical research, sports medicine and EMS up and running so we can get started on our ultrasound fellowship,” Dr. O’Neil said. “Secondly, we have been able to hire a number of fellowship-trained junior faculty and we need to get them aligned with mentors and started down their academic career path.”
A member of the writing committee for the American Heart Association Acute Coronary Syndromes Guidelines and the association’s Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Subcommittee and Writing Group, he co-wrote the AHA’s newest guidelines on cardiopulmonary resuscitation, which significantly updated CPR basics taught for decades.
After graduating from WSU, Dr. O’Neil completed his emergency medicine residency at Detroit Receiving Hospital in1989 and was named chief resident. He also completed a National Institutes of Health fellowship in Basic Science Research in 1990.
He serves as associate editor of Academic Emergency Medicine and program director of the American College of Emergency Physicians Scientific Assembly Research Forum. He also is a member of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine’s Research Committee.
Dr. O’Neil was recently awarded the American College of Emergency Medicine’s Outstanding Contributions in Research Award, that organization’s highest honor for research.