Notable Alums


Specialty: Emergency Medicine

Graduation Year: 1986, Res. 1989

Brian O'Neil

Brian O’Neil, M.D. is the Munuswamy Dayanandan Endowed Chair of the Wayne State University School of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine, the Edward S. Thomas Endowed Professor and the specialist- in-chief of Emergency Medicine for the Detroit Medical Center. A 1986 graduate of the Wayne State University School of Medicine, Dr. O’Neil is a nationally-recognized expert in the fields of cardiac and cerebral ischemia and cardiac resuscitation. Dr. O’Neil is an active researcher who has contributed more than 100 peer-reviewed papers to the field of resuscitation. He has been involved with guideline and policy development within American Heart Association and other specialty organizations. Dr. O’Neil is the past-president of the AHA’s Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science Subcommittee, previous chair of the Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support sub-
committee and he also is a current member of the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation. He was a member of the Writing Committee for the AHA’s 2010 Acute Coronary Syndromes Guidelines and the 2015 ACLS guidelines.

Dr. O’Neil received the American College of Emergency Physicians 2013 Outstanding Contribution in Research Award, the Emergency Medicine Foundation Fellowship Award and the Career Investigator Development Award from the National Institutes of Health. He has been recognized for his outstanding teaching, receiving the Academician of the Year, Sinai-Grace Hospital; Teacher of the Year, St. John Hospital; Lawrence R. Schwartz, Faculty Devotion Award, William Beaumont Hospital; and the Emergency Medicine Residents Association of Michigan Teacher of the Year Award. In 2017, he received the WSU School of Medicine Distinguished Alumni Award. He is a member of the Research Committee for the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine and the American College of Emergency Physicians. Dr. O’Neil is a decision editor for the Academic Emergency Medicine journal and is a reviewer for Critical Care Medicine, Chest, Journal of the American College of Cardiology and the Annals of Emergency Medicine.