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Kelly O'Brien, PA-C

​University of Colorado School of Medicine

Instructor of Emergency Medicine

Contact information
Anschutz Medical Campus
Leprino Building, Campus Box F756
12401 East 17th Avenue

Aurora, CO 80045
Kelly O’Brien graduated from Arcadia University in 2010. She graduated with a Master of Physician Assistant Studies as well as a Master of Public Health (MPH). For her MPH she wrote her thesis on the relationship between stress and infertility. She was also vice president of her class and spent time working at an HIV clinic in Uganda.
Her first job was in the Emergency Department for Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Jersey. It was there that she developed her passion for acute, emergency care. However, after a year and half, the mountains started calling.
In 2012 she accepted a position in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) and was promoted to Lead Advanced Practice Provider (APP) in 2015. Since being at UCH she has worked on numerous committees and developed an interest in education. In 2013 she created a monthly continuing medical education series for the emergency department APP staff. In 2015 she started working jointly with the Advanced Practice Fellowship in Hospital Medicine to help develop the emergency medicine rotation. She has also spent time in Haiti while working with the University of Colorado Emergency Medicine Caribbean Initiative.
Institution Degree Year Focus
Northeastern University, Boston, MA B.S 2006 Behavioral Neuroscience
Arcadia University, Glenside, PA M.P.H. 2010 Public Health
Arcadia University, Glenside, PA M.M.S. 2010 Physician Assistant Studies