Consultant Details


O Brien, Dr. Conor

Speciality:
Practice: Suite 26, Blackrock Clinic

Secretary: Jenna
Clinic Times: Mon & Wed all day, & Fri pm
Telephone: 01 526 2240
Fax: 01 526 2244
Email: reception@raglanclinic.com
Website: https://www.drconorobrien.com/



Professional Profile

Dr. Conor O’Brien is currently based in Blackrock Clinic, Dublin. He has worked as a team doctor to the Irish Olympic team in 1996, and as the Leinster Rugby team doctor from 1997 to 1999. Dr. O’Brien was the Chairman of the Irish Sports Council Anti Doping Committee from 1999 to 2005, and a member of the World Anti Doping Committee from 2005 to 2007.

He was awarded the prestigious Leonard Abrahamson Medal for Medicine by the RCSI in 1986 and was the first non-American to be certified by the American Board of Sports Medicine. Dr. O’Brien was also named Nova UCD Entrepreneur of the Year 2006 for his Fitfone invention.

Education and Experience

  • MB BCH BAO LRCPSI [Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland] 1986
  • Diploma of the Canadian Society of Clinical Neurophysiology (EMG) 1998
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland 2001
  • Dip Sports Medicine [London Hospital] 1989
  • Dip Sports Medicine [Society of Apothecaries] 1991
  • American Boards in Sports Medicine 1992
  • Dip Sports Medicine [Combined Scottish College] 1991
  • Dip Musculoskeletal Medicine [Society of Apothecaries] 1992
  • Fellowship of the American College of Sports Medicine 1993
  • MSc [Masters of Science] The London Hospital Medical College 1995
  • Fellow of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine [UK] 2007
  • Founding Fellow of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine 2003

Research and Publications

Books:

  • Drugs, Sport and the Young Adult , Original Writing 2013
  • Peripheral Nerve Disease, Erin Publication2001
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, ABC publication 2005
  • The Fitfone Book of Wellness, Raglan Publishing 2010
  • MCQ`s in Sports Medicine, Butterworth Heinman 1999
  • The Little Green Book of Golf Secrets, Raglan Publishing 2009

Published Work:

  1. Alcohol: A major factor in poor endurance performance in rugby player – C. O’Brien.  World Congress in Science and Football Eindhoven May 1991
  2. Incidence of rugby injury in the Leinster area, 1987-1980.
  3. O’Brien.  World Congress in Science and football Eindhoven May 1991
  4. Prevention: A guide to rugby injuries – C. O’Brien.  February 1991. Irish Rugby Review Vol.8, No.3.
  5. Irish rugby fitness room for improvement.
  6. O’Brien.  March 1991. Irish Rugby Review Vol.8. No.4.
  7. The Effects of Alcohol on Players.  C. O’Brien.  Rugby News, March 1991.
  8. Hydration in Sports.  C. O’Brien.  Irish Racquets Review March 1991
  9. Myositis Ossificans, Clinical Quiz.  Modern Medicine of Ireland, September 1991.
  10. Water Works.  Rugby News.  November 1991.
  11. Over training in Rugby Football  C. O’Brien  Irish Rugby Review Vol. 9 No 2 1991
  12. Retrospective Survey of Rugby Injuries in Ireland.  British Journal of Sports Medicine 1992 26(4).
  13. Shin Splints. Clinical Quiz.  Modern Medicine of Ireland. August/September 1992
  14. Over Use Injuries in Sport. C. O’Brien.  Irish Medical News. October 5th 1992
  15. Alcohol and its effect on recreational and Competitive Sports Performance. C. O’Brien.  Sports Medicine International, November 1992
  16. The Effect of Rugby Playing and Training on Lipid and Lipoprotein Profiles. C. O’Brien.  The Physician and Sports Medicine, January 1993
  17. Footballer’ Ankle.  C. O’Brien.  The British Journal of Orthopaedic Medicine, November 1992
  18. Golf Injuries. C. O’Brien. Irish Medical News. Nov.1993
  19. Incidents of Anaemia in the Irish Tennis Squad. C. O’Brien. First World Congress of Science in Tennis. Jan 1994
  20. Runner’s Diarrhoea  C. O’Brien  Gastroenterology In Practice, November 1993
  21. Alcohol and Sport  C. O’Brien   Patient Management New Zealand  November 1993
  22. Alcohol and Sport  C. O’Brien  Patient Management Australia December 1993
  23. The effects of regular training on lipid profiles in a rugby population. O’Brien, JF Fielding IN. Sports Science and Foot Ball Spoon FN 1996
  24. Iron Consumption Among A Rugby Population.  O’Brien C, Fielding J IN. Sports Science and Foot Ball Spoon FN 1996
  25. Alcohol Usage by Elite Rugby Players and Referees.  O’Brien C, Fielding J IN. Sports Science and Foot Ball Spoon FN 1996
  26. Fitness for Tennis.  C O’Brien.  Tennis Ireland, May 1991.
  27. “Rugby Neck”, Cervical Degeneration in Rugby Front Rows – Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, Vol. 6. N1 1996
  28. Exercises Prescription Lessening The Risk of Physical Activity – The Journal of Cardiovascular Risk Feb 1996
  29. Facet Stress Fracture In A Young Athlete
  30. O’Brien , C. Williams, G. Duffy  Physician & Sports Medicine August 1997
  31. Exercise Prescription For Geriatric Patients  Irish Hospital, C O`Brien
  32. Exercise Protocol For The Elderly Patient  Coronary Heart Disease September 1997,  C O`Brien
  33. Sports Medicine  Drug Testing Results in Atlanta Confound Expectations. Hospital Doctor of Ireland Vol.2 No. 12 December 1996 C O`Brien
  34. Lateral Epicondylitis – The Role Of Rehabilitation, Irish Medical News May 1996, C O`Brien
  35. Creatine use in Sport Irish Medical Times November 1998, C O`Brien
  36. Position Statement of the Irish Heart Foundation  on Physical Activity, Heartwise, Spring 2000. C O`Brien, J .Peters, P Murphy, M Mulvihil, V Maher, J Barry, A Moran, T Dorley, M O`Murihurtigh
  37. Position Statement of the Irish Heart Foundation  on Physical Activity, IHF Web page [full text], May 2000. C O`Brien, J .Peters, P Murphy, M Mulvihil, V Maher, J Barry, A Moran, T Dorley, M O`Murihurtigh
  38. Drugs in Sport – Past and Present, Irish Medical Times, April 2000, C O`Brien
  39. Alcohol and the Athlete, Sports Medicine International, May 2000 Dr. Conor P.O’Brien, Frank Lyons

Neurophysiology Publications:

  1. Superior Gluteal Nerve Palsy, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Jan. 2000
  2. Kenny, C. O’Brien, K. Synott, M. Walsh.
  3. Overuse tendon injuries in Sport Irish Medical Times December 2000 C O`Brien
  4. Long-term effects of childbirth on fecal continence and pudendal nerve function. M Eogan, C. O’Brien, M. Behan, Pr O’Connell, C. O’Herlihy. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2004 189(6):S72 [Abstract].  Oral presentation at 24th Annual Meeting of Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, New Orleans. February 2004
  5. Evaluation of pathological carpal tunnel syndrome in pregnancy.
  6. Eogan, C. O’Brien, D. Carolan, M. Fynes, C. O’Herlihy. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2004 189(6):S146 [Abstract]. Poster presentation at 24th Annual Meeting of Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, New Orleans. February 2004
  7. Pudendal Neuropathy. Letter to the editor [ 203557]; American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynacology 2003;189;1114-1119; C O Brien, C O Herlihy, R O Connell
  8. A randomised clinical trial comparing the effects of delayed versus immediate pushing with epidural analgesia on mode of delivery and faecal continence. Fitzpatrick M, Harkin R, McQuillan K, O’Brien C, O’Connell PR, O’Herlihy C  – BJOG. 2002 Dec;109(12):1359-65.
  9. Evidence of ante partum pudendal neuropathy and the effect of vaginal delivery in pregnant insulin dependent diabetic women. Mahony R, O’Brien C, O’Connell PR, O’Herlihy C. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2002;S150:331
  10. Classification of pudendal neuropathy associated with postpartum faecal incontinence. O’Herlihy C, Fitzpatrick M, O’Brien C, O’Connell PR. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2002; S168:399
  11. Patterns of abnormal pudendal nerve conduction associated with postpartum faecal incontinence. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2003;189(3):730-735 –
  12. Faecal Continence and Pudendal Nerve Function In Older Women – Does Vaginal Delivery or Age Have the Greatest Impact? Eogan M, O’Brien C, Behan M, O’Connell PR, O’Herlihy C. Read by title abstract, Joint ICS/IUGA meeting. Paris 2004
  13. Long-term effects of childbirth on fecal continence and pudendal nerve function Eogan M, O’Brien C, Behan M, O’Connell PR, O’Herlihy C. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2004; 189(6):S72 [Abstract]
  14. Evaluation of pathological carpal tunnel syndrome in pregnancy Eogan M, O’Brien C, Carolan D, Fynes M, O’Herlihy C. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2004; 189(6):S146 [Abstract]
  15. Median and ulnar nerve conduction in pregnancy Eogan M, O’Brien C, Carolan D, Fynes M, O’Herlihy C.  Int J Gynecol Obstet 2004;87:233-236
  16. Pudendal neuropathy is best determined by full neurophysiologic assessment. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2004 Nov;191(5):1836
  17. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome; Clinical Review. O Brien C. Forum Journal of the Irish College of General Practitioners. Vol 24. No6. 6 June 2007

Presentations

  • An update on the prevalence and treatment of T.B. in the elderly. The North Dublin Geriatric Society September 1988
  • An approach to the use of Apomorphine in the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease. Neuroscience Society of Dublin Beaumont Hospital May 1989
  • The health benefits of sport and exercise. ABC Master Class Blackrock Clinic March 1990
  • Irish Rugby injury survey 1986 – 1989. Second World Congress in Football and Science Eindhoven May 1991
  • Injury Prevention – Blackrock College Sport Medicine Meeting, August1991.
  • Lipid Profiles of a Rugby Union Population. The London Hospital Clinical Sports Medicine Meeting May 1992
  • Lecturing to Academic General Practitioner Groups on Injection Techniques. September 1992 to February 1993, (Glaxo Sponsored)
  • Injury Prevention in Sports (May, June and November 1992) to the Irish Leinster Rugby Union; Irish Soccer Association; Gaelic Games Association, Blackrock Clinic, Dublin
  • Rugby injuries in Ireland “Alcohol a preventable cause”. Varsity Sport injuries Meeting Middlesex Hospital ,December 4th 1993, (Howmedica  Sponsored)
  • Exercise Prescription for Primary and Secondary prevention of Heart Disease. International Conference on Cardiac Disease and Sports Participation. Beaumont Hospital ,Dublin April 1994, Belfast City Hospital, Belfast June 1994, Grand Rounds, Washington University, Seattle Washington, USA, Sept. 1994
  • Injection therapy for Musculoskeletal injury, “methods and practice”. Grand Rounds, Washington University ,Seattle Washington, USA, May 1995
  • Sports Injuries The Role of Electrodiagnostic Medicine. Grand Rounds, Washington University Seattle Washington USA, June 16th 1997
  • The “In Season” And “Out Season” Lipid Profiles Of A Group Of Rugby Union Players. Athletes Irish Hyperlipadeamia Society Christ Church, Dublin, Dec 6th 1996
  • Faecal Incontinence, the role of Electrodiagnosis of the Pudendal Nerve. February 1997 Rotunda Hospital.  Symposium: Incontinence
  • EMG of the Pelvic Floor. October 1997, Holles Street Hospital.  Symposium on Faecal Incontinence post-partum
  • Beaumont Product Unit a means for prescribing exercise in phase 4 of a cardiac rehabilitation program. European Cardiac Rehabilitation Society, Hungary May 1999
  • Exercise and the Irish Population. Irish Leisure and Amenities Association Annual Conference Westport October 2000
  • Drugs in Sport Past, Present and Future. Irish Association of Clinical Biochemists October 2000 Belfast
  • Drugs in Sport. January – December 2000, a series of 10 lectures to Clinical Societies
  • Fecal Incontinence:  the Role of QEMG – The Irish Experience. October 2002 – AAEM Annual Meeting in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Drugs in Sport-  CME at RCSI for the Irish Sports Council. February and November 2000-2004
  • Pelvic Nerve Assessment – Royal College of Obs & Gynae London 2005
  • Neurophatic Pain – RCPI June 2006 Pfizer pain symposiu, Dublin
  • Pudendal Nerve Screening  – AAEM October 2006;Washington DC USA
  • Neurophysiology of the pelvic floor. Irish Society of Gastroenterology.O Reilly Hall UCD ; Dublin Nov 2006
  • Fitfone Nova – UCD finalist presentation – 1st place November 2006 Dublin
  • WADA TUE in Asthma ; proposal for TUE guide lines –  Bonn Germany 13 Sept 2006
  • Stingers and Burners – SSC Clinical Meeting for General Practitioners, SSC Santry September 2012
  • Levator Ani Syndrome – British Society of Clinical Neurophysiology [Joint meeting with the Italian Society of Neurophysiology] Queens Square, September 2012

Affiliations

  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • American Association of Neuromuscular Disease and Electrodiagnostic Medicine
  • American Medical Society for Sports Medicine
  • Canadian Society of Clinical Neurophysiology