Dr. James O'Brien, MD

Cardiology •  Male • Age 59
  
Dr. O'Brien
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

Capital Cardiology Associates

7 Southwoods Blvd Ste 4 Albany, NY 12211

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(518) 292-6000

Dr. James O'Brien, MD is a Cardiology Specialist in Albany, NY and has over 32 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. O'Brien has more experience with Implantable Cardiac Devices, Electrophysiology, and Congenital Cardiac Disorders than other specialists in his area. He graduated from Columbia University College Of Physicians And Surgeons medical school in 1988. He is affiliated with medical facilities such as Albany Medical Center Hospital and Albany Memorial Hospital. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. O'Brien to book an appointment.


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Frequently Treated by Dr. O'Brien

Based on treatment records, we have identified the following as areas of care that Dr. O'Brien treats more often than their peers. If you are unsure whether Dr. O'Brien treats other conditions, please contact the office at (518) 292-6000.

Implantable Cardiac Devices

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Dr. O'Brien typically treats 78% more often than similar doctors

Based on claims data for 3 conditions and procedures

Treatments
Cardioverter-Defibrillator or Pacemaker Insertion, Removal or Repair
Pacemaker Insertion or Replacement
Removal or Revision of Pacemaker or Cardioverter and-or Defibrillator
Normal Frequency
High Frequency
Very High Frequency
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Electrophysiology

Electrophysiologists monitor, diagnose and treat abnormal heart rhythms through procedures such as electrocardiograms (EKGs) and pacemaker insertionsCompare with other Electrophysiology specialists.

Dr. O'Brien typically treats 79% more often than similar doctors

Based on claims data for 6 conditions and procedures

Treatments
Cardiac Electrophysiology
Cardioverter-Defibrillator or Pacemaker Insertion, Removal or Repair
Cardioversion, Elective
Pacemaker Insertion or Replacement
Normal Frequency
High Frequency
Very High Frequency
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Congenital Cardiac Disorders

Congenital cardiac disorder specialists diagnose and treat heart disorders, such as septal defections and Ebstein's anomaly, that are present from birth.Compare with other Congenital Cardiac Disorders specialists.

Dr. O'Brien typically treats 70% more often than similar doctors

Based on claims data for 2 conditions and procedures

Treatments
Septal Defect
Congenital Heart Defects
Normal Frequency
High Frequency
Very High Frequency
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Adult Congenital Cardiac Disorders

Adult congenital cardiac disorder specialists diagnose and treat heart disorders, such as arrythmias and mitral valve disease, that have been present from birth to adulthood.Compare with other Adult Congenital Cardiac Disorders specialists.

Dr. O'Brien typically treats 71% more often than similar doctors

Based on claims data for 6 conditions and procedures

Treatments
Atrial Flutter
Arrhythmias
Atrial Fibrillation
Congenital Heart Disease
Normal Frequency
High Frequency
Very High Frequency
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Dr. O'Brien's conditions and procedures:

  • Ablation for Treatment of Cardiac Arrhythmias
  • Aneurysm
  • Angina and Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Aortic Dissection
  • Aortic Ectasia
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Aortic Valve Disease
  • Aortic Valve Regurgitation
  • Arrhythmias
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Atrial Flutter
  • Automatic Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Implantation
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Brugada Syndrome
  • Cardiac Arrest
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardiac Imaging
  • Cardiac MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) of Heart or Chest
  • Cardiac Myocardial Perfusion Imaging
  • Cardiomegaly
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Cardiovascular Stress Test
  • Cardioversion, Elective
  • Cardioverter-Defibrillator or Pacemaker Insertion, Removal or Repair
  • Carotid Artery Disease
  • Chest CT (incl. Heart and Lungs)
  • Chest Pain
  • Chronic Pulmonary Heart Diseases (incl. Pulmonary Hypertension)
  • Congenital Aortic Valve Disorders
  • Congenital Heart Defects
  • Congenital Heart Disease
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)
  • Coronary Artery Dissection
  • Endocarditis
  • Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction)
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Murmur
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Hyperlipidemia
  • Hypertension
  • Hypertensive Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Hypertensive Heart and Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Hypertensive Heart Disease
  • Hypotension
  • Insertion of Left Ventricular Lead for Pacemaker or Cardioverter and-or Defibrillator
  • Limb Swelling
  • Limb Swelling Caused by Fluid Overload
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Mitral Valve Regurgitation
  • Mitral Valve Stenosis
  • Multifocal Premature Beats
  • Obesity
  • Pacemaker Insertion or Replacement
  • Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia
  • Pericardial Disease
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease (PAD, PVD)
  • Primary Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Pulmonary Edema
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Pulmonary Valve Disease
  • Removal or Revision of Pacemaker or Cardioverter and-or Defibrillator
  • Rheumatic Aortic Valve Disorders
  • Septal Defect
  • Syncope
  • Tetralogy of Fallot
  • Thoracentesis
  • Thrombosis
  • Tilt Testing or Cardiac Event Monitors
  • Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
  • Tricuspid Valve Disease
  • Vascular Disease
  • Ventricular Fibrillation
  • Wolff-Parkinson-White Pattern

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(518) 292-6000

Dr. O'Brien accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
Blue Access (Select Network)-NY
Blue Priority (Select Network)-NY
Empire (Select Network)-NY POS
National (BlueCard Basic) PPO
National (BlueCard) PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana
BlueConnect HMO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Preferred Blue PPO
Capital District Physician's Health Plan (CDPHP)
Capital District Physician's Health Plan (CDPHP) HMO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
Open Access Plus
Commercial Insurance Company
EBS-RMSCO
EmblemHealth
Emblem Health
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
Prism Blue Priority EPO
Fidelis Care
Fidelis Care HMO
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Humana
Choice Care PPO
Medicaid
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
MVP Health Care
MVP Health Care PPO
Neighborhood Health Plan
PHP-Physicians Health Plan
POMCO Group
UnitedHealthCare
Choice Plus POS
Navigate HMO
Navigate POS
Options PPO
United Healthcare
Universal American
WellCare
Wisconsin Physicians Service

Dr. O'Brien's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. O'Brien

3.1

Based on 15 ratings

5 Stars
40%
(6)
4 Stars
6.666666666666667%
(1)
3 Stars
6.666666666666667%
(1)
2 Stars
13.333333333333334%
(2)
1 Star
33.333333333333336%
(5)
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He did a heart ablation on me in Nov.2018, touched my phrenic nerve and did damage to it that laid me up for about a year. I was on oxygen for a long time, and still not completely healed.
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Louis Koury – Feb 24, 2020
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I think Dr. O'Brien is a good cardiologist, just too busy. I have been his patient for several years and regardless of the time of my appointment, end up with wait times that are way too long. I understand that sometimes 'things happen' but not every time.
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Nov 18, 2019
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Worse experience ever. Husband had 11:00 appt and did not see O'Brien mtill 1:00. Waited 1-1/2 hrs before being called in then didn't see him until 1:00. Let the Ecg girl know we were unhappy and she told O'Brien. He came in room with an attitude and did not spend the "entire 20 minutes" the girl said he would spend with us. She made it sound as if we should be honored. His attitude was "how dare you complain about waiting two hours." Definite attitude problem! ! We lft and never returned.
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Feb 13, 2019
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Dr. O’Brien is a wonderful caring doctor who takes the time to listen.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
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Palm Beach Gardens – Apr 19, 2018
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Bad experience. Saw Dr. for A-Fib. Scheduled for 3days in hospital for Inversion and introduction to Tikosin. 2end Day found out no inversion had been scheduled. 4th day was prepared for procedure only to find that no anesthesiologist had been scheduled, and would have to wait another 5 hrs to see if one would be available. Had no food or water since previous day. Attending Dr. cancelled procedure and said I could come back in 3 days. I live 3 hrs away. Wasted a week of my life.
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Keith Gorgas in Saranac Lake, NY – Nov 13, 2016
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Great doctor but wait times have become ridiculous. 2 hour wait last time with 4 people still ahead of me to be seen. Had to re-schedule because I work and can't spend a day waiting to be seen. Now at re-scheduled appointment waiting 50 minutes already with 3 people still ahead of me. Don't make appointments and expect to be able to work that day.
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Paul in Albany, NY – Sep 26, 2016
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About Me

Care Philosophy

Capital Cardiology Associates, PC is a benchmark cardiology practice committed to improving our patient's quality of life.

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Biography

Dr. James O'Brien attended St. Michael's College and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1982.  In 1988, he received his Medical Degree from the...Read more

Specialties

  • Cardiology

Education

1996
Georgetown University Med Center
Fellowship Hospital
1991
Saint Vincent's Hospital
Residency Hospital
1989
Saint Vincent's Hospital
Internship Hospital
1988
Columbia University College Of Physicians And Surgeons
Medical School

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Locations

Capital Cardiology Associates

Capital Cardiology Associates7 Southwoods Blvd Ste 4 Albany, NY 12211
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Affiliated Hospitals

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Albany Medical Center Hospital

Albany, NY

65% Patient experience rating, 4% lower than the national average

Albany Memorial Hospital

Albany, NY

65% Patient experience rating, 4% lower than the national average

Columbia Memorial Hospital

Hudson, NY

60% Patient experience rating, 9% lower than the national average

Glens Falls Hospital

Glens Falls, NY

68% Patient experience rating, 1% lower than the national average

Saint Peter's Hospital

Albany, NY

71% Patient experience rating, 2% higher than the national average

  • America’s 50 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery Award™ (2021, 2020)
  • America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care Award™ (2021, 2020)
  • Coronary Intervention Excellence Award™ (2021, 2020, 2019)
  • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2020)

Samaritan Hospital

Troy, NY

63% Patient experience rating, 6% lower than the national average

Samaritan Hospital - St. Mary's Campus

Troy, NY
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