Dale O’Brien, MD, MPH is the Executive Director of Cancer Patients Alliance and the Medical Director of its Pancreatica and CancerPACT projects. Dr. O’Brien is an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at Stanford University Medical School in the Department of Internal Medicine. He also serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California at Davis in the Department of Medicine. A long-time advocate of public health and the efficiencies of medical informatics, Dr. O’Brien has been an affiliate of the European Branch headquarters of the World Health Organization (in Copenhagen, Denmark) and the Epidemic Intelligence Service of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He has served in the capacity of a county Health Officer, on the Steering Committee of the United Way Collaborative Healthy California Report Card Initiative and as editor of the Berkeley Wellness Letter.
Since the mid1990’s, Dr. O’Brien has been formally involved with medical and health informatics – and interested in the iterative power of the Internet for use in instruction and teaching purposes. He is on the editorial boards of Medicine On The Net, and Cancer Informatics. Dr. O’Brien is a graduate of the University of Missouri (AB, 1970) and the University of Missouri Medical School (MD, 1973). He took postgraduate training at the Oregon Health & Sciences University and the University of California at Berkeley. He is a Diplomat of specialty boards in both Family Medicine and also in Public Health and General Preventive Medicine. Dr. O’Brien is a Member of the American Public Health Association, a Member of the American Medical Informatics Association, a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine.