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American Academy of Family Physicians
American Medical Association
Aerospace Medical Association
CrossFit Health
CrossFit Physicians Group


USAF Meritorious Service Award, 2018

Commissioned Grade Officer of the Year 6th Aerospace Medicine Squadron, 2016

Commissioned Grade Officer of the Quarter, 6th Medical Group, 2016

Mayo Clinic Research Committee Award, 2013

Mayo Family Medicine Research Committee Award, 2013

Kirk Nielsen O’Donnell, M.D.

Medical Research Consultant

Dr. Kirk O’Donnell is the medical research consultant at Lung Health Institute headquarters in Tampa, Florida. In his role, Dr. O’Donnell is responsible for monitoring quality control across all clinics and identifying and analyzing possible new therapies that could help treat patients with chronic lung disease. He also oversees academic research into cellular therapies by conducting collaborative research and writing journal articles for publication.

His interest in medicine stems from a history of volunteerism with under- and uninsured Spanish-speaking communities in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. As a result, he is fluent in both English and Spanish. Dr. O’Donnell thrives in an environment where he is able to teach and learn about science and medicine, problem-solve and make a positive impact in his patients’ lives. He believes in using his mind, willpower and heart in equal measure to get the best outcomes for his patients. 

Dr. O’Donnell earned his medical degree from Saint Louis University School of Medicine in 2011, and he completed a family medicine residency at the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education in 2014. Dr. O’Donnell then spent 4 years working as a residency-trained and board-certified flight surgeon in the United States Air Force, where he achieved the rank of major. He currently holds the same rank and position with the Florida Air National Guard at the 125th Fighter Wing in Jacksonville, Florida.

Outside of his work with Lung Health Institute, Dr. O’Donnell is involved with the biotech community. He is a part-time medical consultant for a locally based biotech pharmaceutical company whose mission is to meet unmet medical needs that affect the United States Armed Services and the Department of Defense (DOD) at large that treat important common conditions also applicable to large civilian markets.

Additionally, Dr. O’Donnell has an M.D. Level I CrossFit certification. He was one of the first physicians to earn such a certification. He loves watching and playing ice hockey, and he played semiprofessional ice hockey in Spain in 2003 and 2004. Dr. O’Donnell lives in Tampa with his wife, 3 children and German Shepherd rescue dog and service dog.

O’Donnell K, Rubio M, Clymer S, Perry M, Coleman JA. “The Promise of Autologous Peripheral Blood-Derived Therapy as An Adjunct to Routine Clinical Practice in the Treatment of COPD Symptoms as Measured on the Clinical COPD Questionnaire”. Poster presentation at: University of Pittsburgh 8th Annual International Symposium on Regenerative Rehabilitation 2019; October 2019; Charlottesville, VA, USA.

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