Welcome New Faculty Member, Matthew O’Brien, MD
We are pleased to welcome our newest faculty member, Matthew O’Brien, MD, to the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. Prior to joining the division, Dr. O’Brien served as Assistant Professor of Medicine and Public Health at Temple University. He completed medical school at Brown University in 2004 and a residency in primary care internal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 2007. As a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania from 2007 to 2010, Dr. O’Brien obtained a Master of Science in Health Policy Research along with advanced training in epidemiology, public health, biostatistics, and community engaged research.
Dr. O'Brien's work aims to eliminate health disparities in U.S. Latinos by examining the underlying causes and developing interventions to address them. Since 2007, Dr. O'Brien and his colleagues have focused on community health workers as a culturally-competent workforce to promote health and prevent disease in this population. Partnered closely with community-based organizations, they have developed and tested community health worker programs to prevent cancer, cardiovascular disease, and most recently diabetes. They conduct qualitative and epidemiologic studies to identify intervention targets in Latinos and develop our intervention approaches. Through advocacy and research efforts, they are also working to integrate community-based health resources with more traditional healthcare services and settings.