Frank O'Brien, MD, FASN

Frank O'Brien, MD, FASN

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Nephrology


Additional Titles

  • Senior Associate Program Director, Nephrology Fellowship

Patients seen at

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Chromalloy Dialysis Center

Dr. O’Brien in the News:


  • Nephrology Fellowship: Stanford University (2014-2016)
  • Nephrology Training Fellowship: Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (2010-2014)
  • Transplant Specialty Training: Beaumont Hospital Dublin (2009-2010)
  • Membership of Royal College of Physicians: Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (2008)
  • Internal Medicine Residency: Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (2007-2009)
  • Bachelor of Medical Science: University College Cork, Ireland (2006)

Board Certifications

  • MD license
  • Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates License



Poster of Distinction, American Transplant Congress Annual Meeting, “Effect of blood transfusions on long term graft outcome.”

Transplantation Medal, Irish Nephrology Society, Spring Meeting, Distinction for best presentation based on transplant research. “Assessment of non-compliance in the Irish renal transplant population.”
2012Dialysis Medal, Irish Nephrology Society Spring Meeting. Distinction for best presentation based on dialysis research. “Erythropoietin stimulating agent use and hemoglobin targets; a sudden change in outcome.”

Vincent Dolan Memorial Medal. Irish Nephrology Society Spring Meeting Distinction for best oral presentation. “The Use of Urine Dipstick and Lab Urinalysis within 24 Hours of Admission in the Emergency Department of Three Irish Teaching Hospitals.”

Jack and Marion Euphrat Pediatric Translational Medicine Fellow. Stanford Child Health Research Institute. Fellowship grant for project: “Assessment of dialysis efficacy in pediatric patients.”

Award for Outstanding Clinical Research. University of California San Diego Young Investigator Forum “Secretoty Function in Acute Kidney Injury.”


O’Brien FJ, Jairam SD, Traynor CA, Kennedy CM, Power M, Denton MD, Magee C, Conlon PJ. Pandemic H1N1(2009) and renal failure: the experience of the Irish national tertiary referral centre. Irish Journal of Medical Science. 2010 Mar; 180(1): 135-8. PMID 20960237

Phelan PJ, Magee C, O’Kelly P, O’Brien F, Little D, Conlon PJ. Immediate re-transplantation following early kidney transplant thrombosis. Nephrology (Carlton). 2011 Aug; 16(6):607-11. PMID 21793989

O’Brien FJ, Lineen J, Kennedy CM, Phelan PJ, O’Kelly P, Denton MD, Magee C, Conlon PJ. Effect of blood transfusions on long term graft outcomes in renal transplant patients. Clinical Nephrology. 2012 Jun;77(6):432-7. PMID 22595384

O’Brien FJ, Kok HK, O’Kane C, McWilliams J, O’Kelly P, Collins P, Magee CC, Denton MD, Conlon PJ. Arterio-venous fistula buttonhole cannulation technique: A retrospective analysis of infectious complications. Clinical Kidney Journal. 2012 Dec;5(6):526-90: 1-4. PMID 26069795

O’Brien FJ, Abdalla A, Wong L, Traynor CA, Cheriyan P, Kok HK, Casserly L, Dorman A, Conlon PJ. Recurrence of anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody associated vasculitis in appropriately immunosuppressed renal transplant patients: a discussion of two cases. Case Reports in Nephrology and Urology. 2013 Jan;3(1):16-21. PMID 23467258

Kennedy C, Obilana A, O’Brien FJ, O’Kelly P, Dorman A, Denton M, Magee C, Conlon PJ. Glomerular disease recurrence in second and subsequent kidney transplants. Clinical Nephrology. 2013 Jan;79(1):31-6. PMID: 23073068

Traynor CA, Tighe D, O’Brien FJ, Leavey SF, Dorman AM, Denton MD, Magee C, Conlon PJ. Clinical and pathologic characteristics of hereditary apolipoprotein A-1 amyloidosis in Ireland. Nephrology (Carlton). 2013 Aug;18(8):549-54. PMID 23730806

O’Brien FJ, Danapal M, Jairam S, Lalani AK, Cunningham J, Morrin M, McNally S, Donovan MG, Little D, Tuthill A, Conlon PJ. Manifestations of Von Hippel Lindau Syndrome: A retrospective national review. QJM. 2014 Apr;107(4):291-6. PMID 24352051

O’Brien FJ, Fong KD, Sirich TL, Meyer TW. More Dialysis Has Not Proven Much Better. Seminars in Dialysis. 2016 Nov;29(6):481-490

O’Regan JA, Prendeville S, McCaughan JA, Traynor C, O’Brien FJ, Ward FL, O’Donovan D, Kennedy C, Berzan E, Kinsella S, Williams Y, O’Kelly P, Deady S, Comber H, Leader M, Conlon PJ. Posttransplant lymphoproliferative disorders in Irish Renal Transplant Recipients: Insights from a National Observational Study. Transplantation. 2017 Mar;101(3):657-663