EDUCATION

Undergraduate Degree

  • Merrimack College , 2002 , North Andover , MA

Medical School

  • Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson Univerity , 2009 , Philadelphia , PA

Residency

Pediatrics
  • Fletcher Allen Health Care, University of Vermont , 2012 , Burlington , VT

Residency

  • Harvard Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Training Program , 2016 , Boston , MA

Philosophy of Care

In the Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) our philosophy is to ensure that every patient receives the best care for the best possible outcomes. We consider our “patient” to be the baby and the family; we are constantly striving to serve the needs of both. This requires a team based approach with all members being essential. My passion is taking care of critically ill babies and their families in a team-centered environment, and that is why I am a neonatologist at Boston Children’s Hospital. I help babies and infants with respiratory failure, congenital heart disease, prematurity, complex surgical problems, and a host of other diseases, from the common to the rare. In addition, I oversee infection control for the unit and make sure we are always doing our best to minimize the risk of hospital-acquired infections.

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

Dr. Amy O’Connell is a physician scientist who has clinical training in pediatrics, allergy/immunology, and neonatology. She attended medical and graduate school at what is now Jefferson University in Philadelphia and did her pediatrics residency at the University of Vermont. She has been in Boston since 2012 when she started her fellowship training at Boston Children’s Hospital, completing fellowships in allergy/immunology in 2014 and neonatal perinatal medicine in 2017. Her research focuses on developmental biology and neonatal immunity. The biggest focuses of the laboratory are intestinal stem cell biology and immune maturation in former preterm infants.

CERTIFICATIONS

  • American Board of Pediatrics, General Pediatrics
  • American Board of Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

PUBLICATIONS

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  1. Amy E. O’Connell, Bethany M. Mulla, Karen O’Brien, Edward J. Yoon, Alexander Carterson, Dara Brodsky. NeoReviews. Perinatal Transient Myeloproliferative Disorder in Trisomy 21. 2016; 17(11):e636-e644. View abstract
  2. O'Connell AE, Volpi S, Dobbs K, Fiorini C, Tsitsikov E, de Boer H, Barlan IB, Despotovic JM, Espinosa-Rosales FJ, Hanson IC, Kanariou MG, Martínez-Beckerat R, Mayorga-Sirera A, Mejia-Carvajal C, Radwan N, Weiss AR, Pai SY, Lee YN, Notarangelo LD. Next generation sequencing reveals skewing of the T and B cell receptor repertoires in patients with wiskott-Aldrich syndrome. Front Immunol. 2014; 5:340. View abstract
  3. De Ravin SS, Parta M, Sutton DA, Wickes BL, Thompson EH, Wiederhold NP, Nakasone KK, Alimchandani M, OConnell A, Notarangelo L, Kang E, Malech HL, Zelazny AM. Paravertebral mushroom: identification of a novel species of Phellinus as a human pathogen in chronic granulomatous disease. J Clin Microbiol. 2014 Jul; 52(7):2726-9. View abstract
  4. O'Connell AE, Lee JP, Yee C, Kesselheim J, Dioun A. Successful desensitization to brentuximab vedotin after anaphylaxis. Clin Lymphoma Myeloma Leuk. 2014 Apr; 14(2):e73-5. View abstract
  5. Bonne-Année S, Kerepesi LA, Hess JA, O'Connell AE, Lok JB, Nolan TJ, Abraham D. Human and mouse macrophages collaborate with neutrophils to kill larval Strongyloides stercoralis. Infect Immun. 2013 Sep; 81(9):3346-55. View abstract
  6. O'Connell AE, Hess JA, Santiago GA, Nolan TJ, Lok JB, Lee JJ, Abraham D. Major basic protein from eosinophils and myeloperoxidase from neutrophils are required for protective immunity to Strongyloides stercoralis in mice. Infect Immun. 2011 Jul; 79(7):2770-8. View abstract
  7. O'Connell AE, Redding KM, Hess JA, Lok JB, Nolan TJ, Abraham D. Soluble extract from the nematode Strongyloides stercoralis induces CXCR2 dependent/IL-17 independent neutrophil recruitment. Microbes Infect. 2011 Jun; 13(6):536-44. View abstract
  8. O'Connell AE, Kerepesi LA, Vandergrift GL, Herbert DR, VAN Winkle TJ, Hooper DC, Pearce EJ, Abraham D. IL-4(-/-) mice with lethal Mesocestoides corti infections--reduced Th2 cytokines and alternatively activated macrophages. Parasite Immunol. 2009 Dec; 31(12):741-9. View abstract