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James O'Brien Jr., MD, Thoracic Surgery, Kansas City, MO, Children's Mercy Kansas City


Thoracic Surgery Kansas City, MO

Adult Cardiac Surgery, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, Pediatric Thoracic Surgery, Cardiovascular Surgery

Co-Director, Ward Family Heart Center, Chief, Cardiac Surgery, Children's Mercy Hospital, Associate Professor, Surgery, University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Medicine

Overview of Dr. O'Brien

Dr. James O'Brien is a thoracic surgeon in Kansas City, MO and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Children's Mercy Kansas City and The University of Kansas Hospital. He received his medical degree from University of Connecticut and has been in practice 28 years. Dr. O'Brien accepts several types of health insurance, listed below. He is one of 7 doctors at Children's Mercy Kansas City and one of 14 doctors at The University of Kansas Hospital who specialize in Thoracic Surgery. He has more than 40 publications and over 500 citings.

Education & Training

  • University of Pennsylvania/Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
    University of Pennsylvania/Children's Hospital of PhiladelphiaFellowship, Congenital Cardiac Surgery, 1999 - 2001
  • Thomas Jefferson University
    Thomas Jefferson UniversityFellowship, Thoracic Surgery, 1996 - 1999
  • Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University/TJUH
    Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University/TJUHResidency, Surgery, 1989 - 1994
  • Uconn School Of Medicine
    Uconn School Of MedicineClass of 1989

Certifications & Licensure

  • MO State Medical License
    MO State Medical License 2001 - 2025
  • KS State Medical License
    KS State Medical License 2013 - 2024
  • PA State Medical License
    PA State Medical License 1989 - 2002
  • NJ State Medical License
    NJ State Medical License 2000 - 2001
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery Congenital Cardiac Surgery

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Fellow (FACS) American College of Surgeons
  • Super Doctor

Publications & Presentations


Professional Memberships

Hospital Affiliations

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna Choice POS II
    Aetna HMO
    BCBS Blue Card PPO
    BCBS Illinois PPO
    BCBS Texas BlueChoice
    CIGNA Open Access
    First Health PPO
    Great West PPO
    Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
    Multiplan PHCS PPO
    Multiplan PPO
    United Healthcare - Direct Choice Plus POS
    United Healthcare - Direct Options PPO
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