Dr. O’Connor’s passion and dedication to promoting a healthy lifestyle drives her work alongside her patients to help them achieve this goal. Dr. O’Connor also shares her knowledge to form a better community of medical protocols and practices. She has given hope and inspiration to her colleagues, while also empowering her patients and educating the public.
Most recently, Dr. O’Connor has been named Section Chief of Colon and Rectal Surgery at Mercy Medical Center and St. Joseph Hospital in New York.
“The health and well-being of my patients is of paramount importance to me,” she says. “Both hospitals have a longstanding tradition of administering quality health care and I am proud to be part of a health system that embodies the shared values of patient centered care and service to the surrounding community,”
Along with helping her patients, Dr. O’Connor is a noted lecturer, speaking nationally on advanced techniques related to minimally invasive colorectal surgery, colon cancer screening and colorectal health. She has published multimedia and peer-reviewed journal articles, and has been featured in many media outlets including NBC News, Sirius/XM, TodayShow.com and Men’s Health Magazine.
Dr. O’Connor has an impressive background and education in her field. She earned her master’s degree in Public Health at Yale University and her medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine. She completed her General Surgery residency at Union Memorial Hospital in Maryland, followed by a fellowship in Radiation Oncology at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She culminated her training by completing a fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery at the Georgia Colon and Rectal Surgical Clinic in Atlanta. Her bachelor’s degree is in Biology from Rutgers University.
Dr. O’Connor takes a holistic approach to treating her patients.
“When people come to me with concerns, we discuss their stressors, their exercise regime, and their diet,” says Dr. O’Connor. “Often by doing this, we can isolate what is really going on — or at least what could be contributing to their discomfort. It is truly a comprehensive approach.”
Dr. O’Connor has excelled in academia and garnered many honors and awards, making her an influential leader in colon and rectal surgery. Some highlights include earning the Temple University Award for Outstanding Leadership, Achievement and Service, the Florence Griffith Freedman Award for Cancer Research and being named a recipient of the Most Outstanding Achievement Award in Research at Union Memorial Hospital. She is featured in the renowned publication The Leading Physicians of the World.
At Colon and Rectal Surgery of New York, her goal is to continue to support her patients and empower them to live healthy lives.
“This is a place where people can come for their colon and rectal health,” she says. “My patients have direct access to me. Patients can expect a caring, compassionate, and knowledgeable one-on-one consultation and examination. I understand my patients may be nervous or even embarrassed when they come to see me so I work to ensure they are comfortable and have a clear understanding of what’s going to happen while they are here, and how we can help.”