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Alec B. O'Connor, M.D., M.P.H.

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Office: (585) 275-2874

Fax: (585) 756-5111

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Patient Care Setting

Hospital Medicine


Dr. O'Connor graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology, then obtained his M.D. from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1996. He completed internal medicine residency and a chief residency year at the University of Rochester in 2000. He is Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency and an Associate Professor of Medicine. Additionally, he is a practicing hospitalist at Strong Memorial Hospital. Dr. O’Connor is active in several ongoing projects, such as studying the effect of the transition from a traditional internal medicine residency infrastructure to a “6+2” Block Model, while delving into Internal Medicine Residency Program Director burnout causes and effects. He is also looking at the integration of Point-of-Care Ultrasound into clinical practice and internal medicine residency training, plus the impact of in-house attending support – namely a Nocturnist - has on residents’ experience on night float. His scholarly interests include resident and student education, improving pain management and the cost-effectiveness of care. Outside of medicine he enjoys running, cycling, skiing and good food.



MD | Indiana University School of Medicine-Indianapolis

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/1997 - 06/30/2000
Residency in Internal Medicine at University of Rochester Medical Center

07/01/1996 - 06/30/1997
Internship in Internal Medicine at University of Rochester Medical Center


Journal Articles

Catalanotti JS, O'Connor AB, Kisielewski M, Chick DA, Fletcher KE. "Barriers to Accessing Nighttime Supervisors: a National Survey of Internal Medicine Residents." Journal of general internal medicine.. 2021 Jan 28; Epub 2021 Jan 28.

Smith SM, Dworkin RH, Turk DC, McDermott M, Eccleston C, Farrar JT, Rowbotham MC, Bhangwagar Z, Burke LB, Cowan P, Ellenberg SS, Evans SR, Freeman RL, Garrison LP, Iyengar S, Jadad A, Jensen MP, Junor R, Kamp C, Katz NP, Kesslak JP, Kopecky EA, Lissin D, Markman JD, Mease PJ, O'Connor AB, Patel KV, Raja SN, Sampaio C, Schoenfeld D, Singh J, Steigerwald I, Strand V, Tive LA, Tobias J, Wasan AD, Wilson HD. "Interpretation of chronic pain clinical trial outcomes: IMMPACT recommended considerations." Pain.. 2020 Jun 8; Epub 2020 Jun 08.

Fletcher KE, O'Connor AB, Kisielewski M, Willett LL. "Why Do Residency Program Directors Consider Resigning? A Mixed-Methods Analysis of a National Program Director Survey." The American journal of medicine.. 2020 Jun; 133(6):761-767. Epub 2020 Mar 09.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Understanding and interpreting neuropathic pain clinical trials
Book Title: Neuropathic Pain: Mechanisms and Management
Author List: O'Connor AB, Dworkin RH
Edited By: Eds Simpson, McArthur, Dworkin
Published By: Oxford University Press 2012 in New York

Chapter Title: Clinical trial design for chronic pain treatments
Book Title: Evidence-based Chronic Pain Management
Author List: O'Connor AB; Dworkin RH
Edited By: Stannard, Ballyantyne, Kalso
Published By: Wiley-Blackwell 2010

Chapter Title: Assessment of Pain and Health-Related Quality of Life in Chronic Pain Clinical Trials
Book Title: The Handbook of Pain Assessment
Author List: O'Connor AB; Dworkin RH
Edited By: Turk, Melzak
Published By: Guilford Press 2010