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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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Faculty Appointments

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.



  • Internal Medicine - American Board of Internal Medicine


MD | Indiana University School of Medicine

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

Turk D.; O'Connor AB.; Dworkin RH.; Chaudhry A.; Katz NP, et al. "Research design considerations for clinical studies of abuse-deterrent opioid analgesics: IMMPACT recommendations" . Pain. 2012; 153: 1997-2008.

Lang VJ.; O'Connor AB.; Blatt A.; Gracey C. "Collaborative development of teaching scripts: an efficient faculty development approach for a busy clinical teaching unit" . Journal of Hospital Medicine. 2012; 7: 644-648.

Alexander GC.; O'Connor AB.; Stafford RS. "Enhancing prescription drug innovation and value" . Annals of Internal Medicine. 2011; 154: 833-837.

Books & Chapters

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

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: Simpson, McArthur, Dworkin
Published By: Oxford University Press 2010