The university will welcome alumnus Dr. Kevin C. O’Connor, Physician to the Vice President of the United States, to campus as the inaugural guest of the Building Extraordinary Leaders series.
Dr. O’Connor, a 1988 graduate, attended St. Bonaventure on an Army ROTC scholarship, completing a major in biology and minor in theology. Dr. O’Connor served as class president and founder/director of the campus Medical Emergency Response Team and received a military commission as a Distinguished Military Graduate.
His Feb. 13-14 visit to St. Bonaventure will include several open presentations to the campus community, as well as small-group discussions. The Building Extraordinary Leaders program is a new leadership series sponsored by St. Bonaventure’s Class of 1963 and organized by the Student Affairs division. The university is pleased to welcome Dr. O’Connor as the inaugural speaker. The 2014 program will spotlight the School of Arts and Sciences, with subsequent speakers rotating from each of the academic schools.
Schedule of Events: Thursday, February 13
2:30 – 3:45 p.m. Presentation and Q&A for biology, chemistry and
pre-health students Walsh Auditorium “From Bona’s to Afghanistan to Iraq to The White House:
My Medical Career Journey”
4 – 5 p.m. Presentation and Q&A for all interested students with a focus on
Arts and Sciences and Honors students The Loft – Quick Center for the Arts “How My Liberal Arts Education Informed My Career Choices and Success”
6 – 8:30 p.m. Dinner and Keynote Leadership Address (invitation only)
Friday, February 14 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Class presentation
12 – 1 p.m. Luncheon with MERT and resident assistants
Doyle Dining Room
Dr. O’Connor completed medical school at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1992 and residency training at The Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, N.J. His military education has included Airborne School, Army Medical Department Officer Basic Course and U.S. Army Flight Surgeon training. He earned the designation of Master Flight Surgeon in 2010.
As an Army family physician, teacher, flight surgeon and hyperbaric medical officer for the last 18 years, Dr. O’Connor has served in clinical, academic, leadership and operational assignments at Fort Bragg and Fort Carson, including tours of duty with the 82nd Airborne Division, 75th Ranger Regiment, and United States Army Special Operations Command. He has deployed on numerous combat rotations in support of classified missions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Bosnia.
He has served as a White House physician since 2006 and, in February 2009, was appointed Physician to the Vice President. In this capacity, Dr. O’Connor provides primary care for the Vice President and Second Family, and is responsible for the medical planning and emergency actions in support of the Vice President at home, domestically and abroad. His military service thus far has required travel to approximately 60 countries.
Dr. O’Connor lives with his wife, Chris, and their three daughters in Crofton, Md.
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