Catholic Doctor of the Year

 

Mission Doctors Association has chosen Dr. Daniel O’Connell as the Catholic Doctor of the year for 2021.

Nominated by the Young Catholic Professionals (YCP) of Orange County, Dr. Daniel O’Connell is a board-certified neurologist and pain management fellow. He studied medicine at Loyola University Chicago and later earned a Master of Public Health at Brown University. He completed his internship in internal medicine at New York Medical College and his residency in neurology and fellowship in neuro-oncology at the University of California. Dr. O’Connell also serves as a medical officer of the United States Air Force Reserves, which called him to respond to the Covid crisis in New York City in 2020.

For his service Captain Daniel O’Connell, MD was awarded the Air Force, Achievement Medal. In the commendation, it was noted that; “Captain Daniel E. O’Connell distinguished himself by outstanding achievement while assigned to the 64th Expeditionary Group, First Air Expeditionary Task Force, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey as a medical provider.” It further notes that he deployed with less than 24 hours notice in support of the COVID pandemic in New York and that; “His seamless integration into the hospital workforce immediately enabled the mitigation of patient suffering during an unprecedented high operational tempo.”  To read a press release about Dr. O’Connell and this award click here. 

To read more about past honorees click here: the list of all previous awardees here.

The award will be presented at the annual Archdiocese of Los Angeles Annual Mass Celebrating Catholic Healthcare Professionals.

The annual award is given in recognition of the efforts of a doctor who has responded to Christ’s call to “Heal the Sick” as a member of our Catholic faith community and in doing so has made a World of Difference.

In January 2022, we will start accepting applications for the 2022 Catholic Doctor of the Year. To submit the name of a qualified doctor(s) for consideration fill out an application form online or download and complete an application and send it to Mission Doctors. All forms are due by July 15, 2022, by mail or fax.

Today Catholic doctors face many challenges as they strive to meet the needs of their patients in the context of their own faith and calling. Many go well beyond the role and responsibilities of their profession, offering care that truly reflects the love of God. For some this is obvious in their own practice, for others this takes the form of volunteering in their community or mission work that may be domestic or international. Their exemplary actions bear witness to the highest values of the Catholic doctor.

The annual award is given in recognition of the efforts of a doctor who has responded to Christ’s call to “Heal the Sick” as a member of our Catholic faith community and in doing so has made a World of Difference.