Mr (Barry) Shaun O'Brien

MB BS (Hons), FRCS, FRCS (Tr&, Orth)

  • Specialities Orthopaedics
  • Telephone 01912 816 131
  • Year of first qualification 1990
  • Languages spoken


  • GMC Number 3441190
  • Fax 01912 811 379


Following training in the North East and fellowships in Australia and North America Mr O’Brien gained experience in all aspects of knee surgery as a consultant of over ten years. His elective practice is solely knee and sports surgery related. Mr O’Brien performs over 160 knee replacements including bilateral simultaneous knee replacements, over 80 ligament reconstructions and 250 arthroscopies a year.

He is able to deal with all aspects of knee related disorders and has a special interest in cartilage regeneration techniques holding an HTA license to carry out autologous chondrocyte implantation (ACI).

Mr O’Brien regularly deals with patella femoral conditions including patella dislocations and patellofemoral arthritis


  • Weekly Tuesday 17:30 - 20:00


Current posts

  • Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Sunderland Royal Hospital


Other interests

  • Arthroscopic Knee surgery
  • Primary and revision Knee replacement
  • Bilateral knee replacements
  • Anterior Cruciate ligament surgery
  • Complex ligament reconstruction
  • Patellofemoral conditions
  • Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation

Personal interests

All sports especially football, running, golf and skiing

Member of

  • British Orthopaedic Association
  • British Association of Surgery of the Knee
  • Royal College of Surgeons of England


Research in the areas of:

  • Outcome measures in joint replacement surgery
  • Evaluation of new bearing surfaces in knee replacements
  • Efficacy of bilateral knee replacements
  • Development of protocols for enhanced recovery following joint replacements