Consultant Profile

Mr Shaun O'Brien

Mr Shaun O'Brien MB BS (Hons), FRCS (Trauma & Orth)
Practicing at:
Spire Washington Hospital
  • Orthopaedic surgery
    • Knee Surgery
    • Sports medicine
Special clinical interests:

Sports medicine; knee surgery and trauma surgery; soft tissue knee reconstruction; arthritis in young patients.

Research interests:

The comparison of cruciate retaining versus substituting knee arthroplasty classification issues in trauma surgery.

Current NHS and /or university posts:

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Sunderland Royal Hospital

Year of first medical qualification:
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:

Royal College of Surgeons of England
British Orthopaedic Association

Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
0191 418 8636
Private secretary telephone number:
0191 565 6256
Personal email address:
Background Information 
Professional profile:

Since qualifying with honours from Newcastle Medical School in 1990, Mr O’Brien has pursued a career in orthopaedic surgery. Having trained as a specialist registrar in the northern region he developed an interest in knee surgery and trauma surgery, especially soft tissue injuries around the knee.

In order to pursue this interest further Mr O’Brien underwent a fellowship in knee and sports medicine at the Brisbane Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Centre in Brisbane, Australia. There he learned new techniques for arthroscopic knee surgery, including ligament reconstruction, meniscal repair and articular surface defect resurfacing. He also had the chance to look after several elite sportsmen while acting as part of the orthopaedic team for the Queensland Reds (rugby union), Brisbane Broncos (rugby league) and the Brisbane Bullets (basketball).

In conjunction with the physiotherapy department at the University of Queensland Mr O’Brien undertook research projects relating to ACL reconstruction, rehabilitation and shoulder stabilisation. He then completed a fellowship in trauma surgery at the Hospital of Special Surgery in New York under the trauma surgeon David Helfet.

Mr O’Brien has now taken up a consultant appointment at Sunderland Royal Hospital specialising in soft tissue knee reconstruction, knee arthroplasty, foot surgery and trauma surgery.

Personal profile:

Having been brought up and educated in Whitley Bay Mr O’Brien has been lucky to obtain a consultant post in the north-east.

He has been an avid sports fan all my life, playing football, cricket and hockey at school and university and he still plays for a local Sunday league football team. He has taken part in the Great North Run several times and still hold out hopes of completing a marathon.

Mr O’Brien has taken this interest in sport into his professional practice, specialising in sports medicine and knee surgery.

He also enjoys reading, travelling, diving and skiing.

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Mr Shaun O'Brien

Mr Shaun O'Brien Orthopaedic surgery Consultant, Washington, Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, private hospital specialist.

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