Brian O'Brien

Qualifications: MB, B Ch, BAO, M Med Sc (Physiol), FCARCSI, FJFICMI, FCICM (ANZ), FFSEMI.

Titles: Consultant Anaesthesiologist and Intensive Care Medicine


  • Chairman of Department, CUH.
  • Clinical Senior Lecturer
  • Member of Council at the College of Anaesthetists of Ireland.
  • Chairman of training Committee, College of Anaesthetists of Ireland.
  • Vice-chair of Examinations, Committee, College of Anaesthetists of Ireland.
  • Local representative and link-man of Neuro-anaesthesia society of Great Britain and Ireland.

Hospitals: Cork University Hospital and South Infirmary-Victoria Univeristy Hospital.

Subspecialty interest: Cardiac anaesthesia, Critical care, Anaesthesia training, management of potential organ donors.

Research interests: ICU outcomes. End of life care in ICU. Frailty and post-operative recovery.

Projects: Presently completing a study on “Frailty and its effects on post-operative recovery in cardiothoracic patients”, winner of the Mary Lehane best project prize, College of Anaesthetists of Ireland, Summer 2016 Annual Congress.

Commencing a longitudinal study of the 2018 intake of the National Anaesthesia Training program intake.

I trained in the Irish SPR program in anaesthesia, and completed ICU training in both Ireland and Australia. I did ICU fellowship training in Melbourne and a cardiothoracic fellowship in the Mater Hospital Dublin. As president of the Intensive Care Society of Ireland I was part of a team from CUH who travelled to Sudan to provide ICU training, in the form of lectures, courses, and clinical tutorials, and help with the introduction of cardiac surgery there, including a small amount of clinical practice there.

Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine