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Bio for Patricia O'Brien, M.D.
Patricia O'Brien, M.D.

Patricia O'Brien, M.D.

Assistant Professor Clinical Scholar, Hematology/Oncology Division, Department of Medicine

Contact Information
Office Location:
University of Vermont, Hematology/Oncology, 89 Beaumont Ave., E214 Given Bldg, Burlington, VT 05405


University of Vermont - B.S.,  Physical Therapy - 1971
University of Vermont College of Medicine, M.D. - 1985
St. Raphael's Hospital, Yale Systems Primary Care Program - PCIM - 1989
Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand, International Public Health Studies - 1997

Postdoctoral Training

Lymphedema Specialty Training, Foldi School, Germany

Certification/Board Eligibility

ABIM BE 1981
LANA BE 2001

Clinical Expertise

Lymphedema Care

Academic Interests

Lymphedema Care
Long term needs of persons with cancer
Life style issues
Environmental exposure risk factors for cancer.


Nelson L, O’Brien P, Ashikaga T, Bosompra K. Education About Lymphedema Prevention and Management: A Needs Assessment of Breast Cancer Survivors in a Rural U.S. State. International Quarterly of Community Health Education: A Journal of Policy and Applied Research. 1999-2000; 19(3): 229-239.

Bosompra K, Ashikaga T, O’Brien P, Nelson L, Skelly J. Swelling, Numbness, Pain And Their Relationship to Arm Function Among Breast Cancer Survivors: A Disablement Process Model Perspective.  Breast Journal. 2002; Nov-Dec;8(6):338-48.

Bosompra K, Ashikaga T, O’Brien P, Nelson L., Skelly J, Beatty, D.  Knowledge About Preventing and Managing Lymphedema: A Survey of Recently Diagnosed and Treated Breast Cancer Patients.  Patient Education and Counseling. 2002; 47: 155-163.

Ashikaga T., Bosompra K., O’Brien P, Nelson L. Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine by Breast Cancer Patients: Prevalence, Patterns and Communication with Physicians. Support Care Cancer. 2002;10:542-548.

Ashikaga T, Dylan Burns, MS,  O’Brien P, Texture Analysis of Post-Breast Cancer Lymphedema Ultrasound Images Obtained Using a Portable Device – Pilot Study Lymphatic Research and Biology Volume 3, Number 3, 2005.

The Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) Textbook of Cancer Supportive Care and Survivorship; Published by Springer 2011 ISBN 98-1-4419-1224-4 Chapter 19 Lymphedema Care, Authored with Andrea Steely Pages 179-194.