Dr. Daniel O'Connell


Dr. Dan O’Connell is an Assistant Professor in the division of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Alberta. He is presently the Director of the Advanced Head & Neck Oncologic and Microvascular Surgery Training Program at the University of Alberta, and is also the Director of the International Head & Neck Surgery Outreach Program as well as Undergraduate Medical Director for Otolaryngology for the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. O’Connell is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery. He serves on multiple local, national and international administrative committees including Co-Chair Provincial Head and Neck Tumour Team, Secretary – Canadian Association of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology and Vice President – International Society of Maxillofacial Rehabilitation.


Dr. O’Connell completed his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science at the University of Calgary before moving to Edmonton to attend Medical School at the University of Alberta. He finished his residency in Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery at the University of Alberta. He then went on to complete a fellowship in Head and Neck Oncology and Microvascular Reconstruction at the University of Washington in Seattle under Dr. Neal Futran. Dr. O’Connell returned to Edmonton in 2010 as a full time academic staff in the Department of Surgery and is active in patient care, undergraduate and post-graduate education as well as research.


Dr. O’Connell has a large practice devoted to head and neck oncology, reconstruction of complex head and neck defects, as well as thyroid and parathyroid surgery. His research interests include functional outcomes in head and neck surgery, microvascular surgery, the role of advanced monitoring in head and neck surgery and utilization of advanced digital imaging and medical modeling in head and neck surgery. Dr. O’Connell has been awarded multiple peer reviewed grants to support his research activities.


Dr. O’Connell has published over 100 peer reviewed manuscripts, book chapters and conference proceedings. Dr. O’Connell has been the recipient of the Top Ten Teachers Award and was a finalist for the Dr. William A. Shandro Award given to the Top Teacher of Surgery in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta.


When not working, Dr. O’Connell likes to spend time with his wife Erin and three sons, Sam, Jack and Lewis.





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