American Association for Physician Leadership

Kevin E. O'Connor



Loyola University of Chicago

Kevin O’Connor specializes in working with physicians called to the next step in their careers … to help them present, influence and lead better, so their teams can focus on innovating, communicating and growing. O’Connor demonstrates safe, easy-to-learn strategies that will bring physicians together for greater influence, patient safety and improved quality.

After more than 35 years of teaching and interviewing successful physicians around the globe, O’Connor knows what physicians must consider to transition from peer to leader and achieve their goals in today’s dynamic health care environment.

O’Connor has authored and co-authored several books, including Fearless Facilitation: The ultimate guide to engaging (and involving!) your audience (2013), Speak Up: A Woman's Guide to Presenting Like A Pro (2008, co-authored with Cyndi Maxey, CSP) and Present Like A Pro: A Field Guide to Mastering the Art of Business, Professional and Public Speaking (2006, co-authored with Cyndi Maxey, CSP).

Areas of Expertise

  • Influence/leadership
  • Teamwork/collaboration
  • Conflict resolution
  • Presentation skills
  • Innovation
  • Emotional Availability


Master of Arts - Counseling Psychology
Alfred Adler School of Professional Psychology

Master of Arts - Pastoral Studies/Spirituality
Loyola University Chicago

Master of Arts - Education
Saint Xavier University

Bachelor of Arts - Philosophy
Loyola University Chicago


  • Certified speaking professional (CSP), designation held by fewer than 600 in the world, for speaking excellence

  • Licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), state of Illinois

  • Licensed clinical professional counselor, (LCPC), state of Illinois

  • National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC), national certification

For over 45 years.

The American Association for Physician Leadership has helped physicians develop their leadership skills through education, career development, thought leadership and community building.

The American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL) changed its name from the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) in 2014. We may have changed our name, but we are the same organization that has been serving physician leaders since 1975.


Mail Processing Address
PO Box 96503 I BMB 97493
Washington, DC 20090-6503

Payment Remittance Address
PO Box 745725
Atlanta, GA 30374-5725
(800) 562-8088
(813) 287-8993 Fax



AAPL providers leadership development programs designed to retain valuable team members and improve patient outcomes.

American Association for Physician Leadership®

formerly known as the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE)