"Born and raised in a small town in North Carolina, Dr. O’Connell spent much of his youth outdoors enjoying swimming, hiking, and Boy Scouts. He received a BA from Brown University and returned to North Carolina for medical school at UNC-Chapel Hill. While he was drawn to the intellectual side of medicine and to the problem-solving of diagnostic thinking, it was in a clinical rotation with a family physician that he discovered the call to serve through the personal relationships of primary care medicine. Knowing that he wanted to be a primary care physician, he went from Chapel Hill to Baltimore to train at Johns Hopkins’ primary care internal medicine track at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. At the end of his first year he was named Intern of the Year and ultimately stayed on after completing residency training for an additional year as Chief Resident. After two years as a clinical faculty at a small residency training program an hour north of Baltimore, Dr. O’Connell married and returned to the Triangle in 2006. He established himself in Raleigh as a well-liked primary care physician with Duke Health for a decade before founding Sentinel Primary Care in 2017. Known in his Duke practice for being notoriously behind schedule for spending “too much” time with his patients, Dr. O’Connell practices with a focus on the individual; his philosophy is that the best primary care is delivered one visit at a time, between a doctor and patient who know and trust one another. Doing primary care well requires not only the technical know-how of medicine but a heart for the individual relationship."
"Sentinel Primary Care is a general internal medicine practice where we provide primary care for individuals 18 years old and older. We opened our doors in 2017 to offer Triangle residents top-notch primary care services in an attentive, membership-model setting. At Sentinel we get to know each person individually to give better primary care. You will enjoy a simpler financial structure with our direct primary care model and its affordable fixed monthly rate. You’ll experience easy, direct access with Dr. O’Connell, through in-office visits, and virtual visits, including text and email."