St. Bonaventure University welcomed alumnus Army COL. Kevin C. O’Connor, D.O., (second from right) to campus Feb. 13 and 14 as the inaugural speaker in the university’s Becoming Extraordinary Leaders series. Pictured with O’Connor are (from left) Brian J. Maher of the class of 1963; Richard Trietley Jr., vice president for Student Affairs; University President Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F.; and Dr. Wolfgang Natter, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.
2:30 – 3:45 p.m. Presentation and Q&A for biology, chemistry and
Walsh Auditorium “From Bona’s to Afghanistan to Iraq to The White House:
My Medical Career Journey”
4 – 5 p.m. Presentation and Q&A for all interested students with a focus on
Arts and Sciences and Honors students The Loft/Quick Center for the Arts “How My Liberal Arts Education Informed
My Career Choices and Success”
6 – 8:30 p.m. Dinner and Keynote Leadership Address (invitation only)
Friday, February 14 12 – 1 p.m. Luncheon with MERT and resident assistants Doyle Dining Room
Dr. O'Connor graduated from St. Bonaventure in 1988 with a major in biology and a minor in theology. He was a member of ROTC, class president, and a founder of MERT. Today, he is the Physician to the Vice President of the United States.
As an Army family physician, teacher, flight surgeon and hyperbaric medical officer for the last 18 years, Dr. O’Connor has served in clinical, academic, leadership and operational assignments at Fort Bragg and Fort Carson, including tours of duty with the 82nd Airborne Division, 75th Ranger Regiment, and United States Army Special Operations Command. He has deployed on numerous combat rotations in support of classified missions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Bosnia.
Dr. O’Connor completed medical school at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1992 and residency training at The Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, N.J. His military education has included Airborne School, Army Medical Department Officer Basic Course and U.S. Army Flight Surgeon training. He earned the designation of Master Flight Surgeon in 2010.
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