David O’Brien qualified as a doctor atthe National University of Ireland, Galway (then University College Galway) in 1986. His basic surgical training took place in University Hospital Galway and his neurosurgical training at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and Hope Hospital, Salford, Manchester.
He has a M.Ch. in surgery, also a M.Med.Sc., F.R.C.S.I. and F.R.C.S. (SN) (Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons specialising in Surgical Neurology). He has an M.B.A. from the University of Hull, also an LL.M. from the University of Leicester, where he followed an approved postgraduate programme in Medical Law and Ethics.
Mr. O’Brien is a former Consultant Neurosurgeon at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and at the Hull Royal Infirmary, England, where he was later appointed Clinical Director in Neurosurgery. He was appointed Consultant Neurosurgeon at the National Neurosurgery Centre at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin in August 2009. He has had numerous papers published in the surgical literature and has presented to numerous national and international meetings.
Mr. O’Brien was appointed Clinical Director in Neurosciences at Beaumont Hospital from July 2010 to May 2016. He was a member of the Board in Beaumont Hospital from November 2012 to October 2013 and was appointed Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in October 2012. He is Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery, National Neurosurgical Centre, Beaumont Hospital since January 2018. Hisspecial interest is in complex spine disorders and management.