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Mr Shaun O'Brien

Mr Shaun O'Brien

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
MB BS (Hons), FRCS (Trauma & Orth)

Practising at

Spire Washington Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Shaun O'Brien at Spire include:

Orthopaedics

Other treatments

sports medicine

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Professional profile

Since qualifying with honours from Newcastle Medical School in 1990, I have pursued a career in orthopaedic surgery. Having trained as a specialist registrar in the northern region I developed an interest in knee surgery and trauma surgery, especially soft tissue injuries around the knee. In order to pursue this interest further I underwent a fellowship in knee and sports medicine at the Brisbane Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Centre in Brisbane, Australia. Over there I learned new techniques for arthroscopic knee surgery, including ligament reconstruction, meniscal repair and articular surface defect resurfacing. I 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 I undertook research projects relating to ACL reconstruction, rehabilitation and shoulder stabilisation. After, I completed a fellowship in trauma surgery at the Hospital of Special Surgery in New York under the trauma surgeon David Helfet. I have now taken up a consultant appointment at Sunderland Royal Hospital.

I specialise in soft tissue knee reconstruction, knee arthroplasty, foot surgery and trauma surgery.


Clinical Interests

Arthroscopy
Hip surgery
Knee surgery
Soft tissue injuries
Sports injury

sports medicine, knee surgery and trauma surgery, soft tissue knee reconstruction, arthritis in young patients

Private contact details

Telephone 0191 418 8636
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Qualification and professional memberships

MB BS / University of Newcastle / 1990
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery


Professional memberships

Royal College of Surgeons of England
British Orthopaedic Association

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Current NHS posts

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Sunderland Royal Hospital.

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Personal Profile

Having been brought up and educated in Whitley Bay I have been lucky to obtain a consultant post in the North-East. I have been an avid sports fan all my life, playing football, cricket and hockey at school and university and I still play for a local Sunday league football team. I have taken part in the Great North Run several times and still hold out hopes of completing a marathon. I have taken this interest in sport into my professional practice, specialising in sports medicine and knee surgery. I also enjoy reading, travelling, diving and skiing.

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