Stephen A. O’Connor was born in Wallasey, Cheshire, and received his secondary education at the Jesuit College of St. Francis Xavier’s, Liverpool. He received his B.Sc. in physics, 1973, from King’s College, London, M.Sc., 1974, in medical electronics and physics and Ph.D., 1978, in respiratory physiology from the Medical College of St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, University of London.
He continued research at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in respiratory physiology and anaesthesia before moving into industry, initially working with the first dry powder drug delivery system for respiratory disease. In 1990, he started work with Cardiac Pacemakers Inc. managing European clinical trials on early implantable cardioverter defibrillators. He held increasingly senior positions in medical device companies being responsible for clinical trials of new and novel technologies in both cardiovascular and neurological disciplines, as well as playing a critical role in obtaining regulatory approvals. His endeavours have improved patient outcomes and benefitted the thousands of patients with whom he has personally worked with over his career and more broadly the millions of patients who have been positively impacted by the technologies that he was responsible for bringing to the market.
Stephen O’Connor has been a Visiting Professor at City, University of London since 2011. He is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered Physicist, Fellow of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine, IPEM and the Institute of Physics as well as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, London. He was the recipient, in 2014, of the Manufacturers’ Award from IPEM. Stephen became President Elect of IPEM in September 2018. He received a DSc from City, University of London in January 2019.
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