A Quincy, Massachusetts native, Ed O'Brien graduated from Boston College in 1963, and in the same year arrived in St. Louis to attend St. Louis University School of Medicine, graduating in 1967. His medical residency was interrupted by service in the United States Navy, stationed at Great Lakes Naval Training Center, with the rank of Lieutenant Commander, Medical Corps.
Returning to St. Louis, Dr. O'Brien resumed training in radiology, completing the St. Louis University program in 1974, and entered practice with Central Radiology Group. After twenty years with Central Radiology, in 2000 he joined the St. Louis University Medical Faculty as Adjunct professor of Radiology. He teaches radiology related subjects to medical students, residents and physician assistant students.
Over the years, Dr. O'Brien has been involved in organized medicine and higher education, serving radiology organizations, Boston College and St. Louis University in leadership positions.
Medical organization service included Secretary-Treasurer, then President of the Missouri Radiological Society and Councilor for the American College of Radiology. Educational institutional service included multiple positions at Boston College, including President of the Alumni Association, and various positions at St Louis University, presently serving as President of the Medical Alumni Association.
Dr. O'Brien, in addition to BA and MD degrees, also holds MA and MBA degrees in Health Administration. His awards include the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society, Fellow of the American College of Radiology, and 2007 recipient of the St. Louis University Alumni Achievement Award.
Ed's hockey volunteerism began with the Webster Groves Hockey Association in 1975 as a coach, subsequently Director of Coaching and President of the Association through 198, where he had great assistance from Sue Cooper (HOF 2012) and Frank Ferrara (HOF 2009).
He then moved on to the Missouri Amateur Ice Hockey Association as Registrar in 1981; working again with Sue Cooper there. Ed then served as President of the organization from 1986 through 1991, where he worked with Jackie Haas (HOF 2010) and Bob Cunningham (HOF 2013).
During these sixteen years of involvement, Ed coached multiple teams in the Webster program, was the team administrator for three teams in the Affton and Clayton Programs, and was the Program Coordinator for Chaminade High School Hockey from 1982 through 1987. During this time, Ed Interacted with Charlie Busenhart (HOF 2008) on the State board and High School level.
In 1988, he was elected to the USA Hockey Board of Directors, serving in that position until 2000. A local highlight was his coordination of the ice sports for the successful St. Louis Olympic Sports Festival in 1994.
In 1966, Ed married Colette Crowley, a 1965 graduate of Fontbonne University. They have four children, all of whom have been thoroughly indoctrinated in ice hockey. Colleen of Chicago was an amateur cheerleader, Patrick of St. Louis a former player, and Cara of Boston and Katie of New York former rink rats dragged to various locations over the years. The O'Briens have five grandchildren, who have been seen in Blues, Bruins and Rangers gear from time to time.