David O'brien, M.D.

David R O'brien, M.D.
Accepting New Patients
Degree M.D.
School Indiana University School of Medicine
  • University of Cincinnati Hospital
  • Portner Orthopedic Rehabilitation, Inc.
Board Certification
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine
  • American Board of Pain Medicine
  • American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Orthopaedics
Accepts New Patients Yes


West Ashley Medical Pavilion
2060 Sam Rittenberg Boulevard
Charleston, SC 29407
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David O’Brien, Jr., M.D. is a fellowship-trained specialist in spine and sports medicine. He specializes in the non-operative evaluation and treatment of back, neck and joint pains. He performs minimally invasive procedures, injections and tests to evaluate and treat patients with numbness, weakness or pain in their arms, legs or spine. Dr. O’Brien has four board certifications in Physiatry, Sports Medicine, Pain Medicine and Electrodiagnostic Medicine. He is Chief of Physical Medicine and Director of the Interventional Spine and Musculoskeletal Fellowship within the Department of Orthopaedics at MUSC. He has been a fellowship Director for over 17 years where he has trained over 25 graduates to date. Dr. O’Brien established the first interventional spine fellowship in South Carolina recognized by the North American Spine Society (NASS) here at MUSC.

Dr. O'Brien graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and performed his residency at the University of Cincinnati Hospitals prior to completing a Fellowship at Portner Orthopaedics in Honolulu, HI in 1996. Dr. O’Brien has been named on of “America’s Top Physicians®“ on ten occasions. He has given more than 120 national/international presentations in over seven countries in addition to publishing numerous articles and book chapters on the subject of back pain, sports injuries and healthcare policy. Dr. O'Brien was the co-chair for the 2009 North American Spine Society Annual Convention and has served as course director and/or instructor for numerous spine-related injection courses and conferences around the world. He is on the NASS Board of Directors and currently serves as Director of Health Policy. Dr. O’Brien previously served on the Spine Intervention Society Board and is a member of their Health Policy Division. He is an associate editor for The Spine Journal and editorial reviewer for The PM&R Journal and Spineline.