James O'Connor, MD
Disclosures: Nothing to disclose - 06/24/2021



James V. O’Connor MD, FACS


Dr. O’Connor was born in Brooklyn, New York receiving a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of New York.  He received a Doctor of Medicine from the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center.  He remained at Downstate Medical Center-Kings County Hospital Center completing a general surgery residency, including two years of research in the cardiac surgery laboratory. Following general surgery training, he completed a cardiothoracic fellowship at the Medical College of Virginia.  This was followed by twelve years in a high-volume private practice group performing adult cardiac, thoracic and vascular surgery.


After completing a Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in 2001 he joined the Shock Trauma faculty.  In 2010 he was recruited to establish a trauma center in North Carolina. After achieving trauma designation, he returned to Shock Trauma in 2012. He has held several positions at Shock Trauma including Chief of Critical Care and Interim Director of the Critical Care Resuscitation Unit.


He is Professor of Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Chief of Thoracic and Vascular Trauma at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. He has authored over 70 peer reviewed publications, 10 book chapters and has lectured nationally and internationally on vascular and thoracic trauma. He is a reviewer for several journals and an associate editor for the Journal of Cardiothoracic Trauma. He is on the faculty of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and teaches the Definitive Surgical Trauma Skills course in the United Kingdom. He has received multiple honors including Teacher of the Year and is a ten-time recipient of the Shock Trauma Hero Award. His clinical interest are thoracic damage control, great vessel injury, blunt aortic trauma and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.


He is certified by the American Board of Surgery, the American Board of Surgery with certification in Surgical Critical Care and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Chest Physicians, and an honorary member of the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery of Great Britain and Ireland.