Dr. Barbara O'Connell, MD

NeurologyFemaleAge 68

Dr. Barbara O'Connell, MD is a Neurology Specialist in Hershey, PA and has over 41 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. O'Connell has more experience with Epilepsy than other specialists in her area. She graduated from Pennsylvania State University College Of Medicine medical school in 1980. She is affiliated with Milton S Hershey Medical Center. She is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. O'Connell to book an appointment.

Dr. O'Connell

Penn State Hershey Medica Center

30 Hope Dr Ste 1300 Hershey, PA 17033
Accepting new patients

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Dr. O'Connell is affiliated with Milton S Hershey Medical Center Hershey, a highly rated and top awarded hospital for neurology.

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Frequently Treated by Dr. O'Connell

Based on treatment records, we have identified the following as areas of care that Dr. O'Connell treats more often than their peers. If you are unsure whether Dr. O'Connell treats other conditions, please contact the office at (800) 243-1455.


Epilepsy specialists diagnose and treat spectrum of brain disorders that cause seizures due to an interruption of normal nerve activity in the brain.Compare with other Epilepsy specialists.

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Dr. O'Connell's conditions and procedures:

  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response Test
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Chronic Pain
  • Compound Muscle Action Potential (CMAP) Scan
  • Concussion
  • Deep Brain Stimulation Evaluation
  • Dementia
  • Dementia Evaluation
  • Dementia or Depression Screening
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Diplopia
  • Dystonia
  • EEG (Electroencephalogram)
  • EMG (Electromyography)
  • Epilepsy
  • Essential Tremor
  • Evaluation and Treatment of Sleep Disorders
  • Evaluation for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
  • Evoked Potential Test
  • Functional Movement Screening
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Grip and-or Muscle Group Pull Test
  • Head CT Scan
  • Headache
  • Home Sleep Study
  • ImPACT Testing
  • Inflammatory and Toxic Neuropathy
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Memory Evaluation
  • Migraine
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Myelopathy
  • Myoclonus
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Conduction Studies
  • Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Peripheral Neuropathy Testing
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-Concussion Syndrome
  • Quantitative Sensory Test (QST)
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Sudoscan
  • Syncope
  • TCD Bubble Test
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Tension Headache
  • Tic Disorders
  • Tourette's Syndrome
  • Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Tremor
  • Vertigo
  • Visual Field Defects
  • Vitamin B12 Deficiency
  • Wada Test

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(800) 243-1455

Dr. O'Connell accepts the following insurance:

National (BlueCard) PPO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
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O'Connell was my Neuro. She was the best MS doctor I ever had. I don't think she is active anymore... at least that is what I have been told. I know she was very frustrated with the time she was allowed to have with her patients. She confided in me numerous times how frustrating it was that they think she only needs 15 minutes with patients who have a hard time communicating. It's also good to know that she also has MS. So as some see it as a bad bedside manner .... imagine having to have a quota on how many patients need to be seen everyday and 15 mins each. It's not realistic. This is the company's fault. This is the new world better get used to it.
What went well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
Heather – Jan 09, 2021
she was always very pleasant when I saw her I got answers to my question when I asked about my ms sorry but I thought she was great doctor but she when to Hershey now it a little far for me but still a good person to me
What went well
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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michael kauffman – Oct 25, 2019
Dr. O'Connell was one of the worst doctors I've ever had. For starters, she didn't knock on the door when she came in. She just waltzed right in, no eye contact, no hello, nothing! She just whizzed through the appointment without a care in the world. Call me crazy, but I believe that anyone who works with people (whether it's a doctor, customer service representative, etc.) have people skills. It's not too much to ask!
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What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Lisa in Harrisburg, PA – Sep 08, 2016

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About Me


Dr. Barbara O'Connell, MD is a Neurology Specialist in Hershey, PA and has over 41 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. O'Connell has more experience...Read more


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Board Certifications


Pennsylvania State University College Of Medicine
Medical School


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What are Dr. Barbara O'Connell, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. O'Connell frequently treats Epilepsy. See all practice areas where Dr. O'Connell specializes.

Where is Dr. Barbara O'Connell, MD's office located?

Dr. O'Connell's office is located at 30 Hope Dr Ste 1300, Hershey, PA 17033. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Penn State Hershey Medica Center30 Hope Dr Ste 1300 Hershey, PA 17033
4815 Liberty Ave Ste 439 Pittsburgh, PA 15224

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Milton S Hershey Medical Center

Hershey, PA

76% Patient Experience Rating, 7% higher than the national average

26 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Stroke Care Excellence Award™ (2021)