Meet Dr. O’Brien

Request Your ConsultationDr. Shannon O’Brien is dedicated to providing safe, effective, leading-edge aesthetic and reconstructive procedures for her Portland Plastic Surgery patients. She has extensive training and experience with procedures for the face, breasts, and body, including breast augmentation, breast reconstruction, post-bariatric surgery body contouring, liposuction, tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) and facial and eyelid surgery. She approaches every patient and procedure as unique, and designs a custom surgical plan for each individual patient.

To request a consultation with Dr. O’Brien or another surgeon of Portland Plastic Surgery Group, use our convenient online form, or call us directly at  (503) 292-9200.

Training & Accreditation

After receiving her undergraduate degree at Texas A & M, Dr. O’Brien earned her MD from the University of Texas School of Medicine in San Antonio in 2002. She was elected to the prestigious medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha. She then went on to complete a highly sought after 6-year integrated general, plastic, and reconstructive surgery residency program at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine before relocating to Oregon.

Dr. O’Brien is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is affiliated with several professional organizations, including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons®, the Oregon Medical Association, and the Oregon Society of Plastic Surgeons. She is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. O’Brien enjoys getting to know each of her patients as individuals and taking the time to understand their concerns and goals. Patients appreciate her unhurried approach and honest evaluations. She creates personalized plans to meet each patient’s goals and expectations.

Dr. O’Brien finds balance through enjoying time with her husband and their 2 children. She also enjoys exercise, volunteer work, and learning piano.


Board Certification

American Board of Plastic Surgery – 2009

Employment History

Portland Plastic Surgery Group – March 2014 to present
1200 NW Naito Parkway #310
Portland, OR 97209
Phone (503) 292-9200

The Waldorf Center for Plastic Surgery – August 2008 through February 2014


Chief Resident
University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
July 2007 through June 2008

University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
July 2002 through June 2007
Integrated General Surgery – Plastic Surgery

University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio
May 2002

Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
1997, Magna Cum Laude Major: Zoology

Medical Organizations

American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
Oregon Society of Plastic Surgeons
Oregon Medical Association
Medical Society of Metropolitan Portland

State License

Oregon – 2008-present

Honors and Awards

Top Doctor Portland Monthly Magazine 2018 – 2021


Plastic Surgery Division Award for Highest Score on In-service Exam
2007 & 2008

Medical School
Alpha Omega Alpha
Carlos Pestana, M.D., Ph.D. Scholarship Award 2002
Virginia H. Johnson, M.D. Memorial Scholarship 2002

Dean’s Honor Roll: Spring 1996, Spring and Fall 1997
Distinguished Student: Spring and Fall 1995
Distinguished and Honored Member of Premedical Society
Alpha Epsilon Delta
Golden Key National Honor Society

Professional Experiences

Plastic Surgeon – The Waldorf Center for Plastic Surgery; 2008 to 2014

Staff Physician at Shriners Hospital for Children – Cincinnati – Performed pediatric and adult burn care ranging from outpatient burn management to intensive care of acute burn patients; 2006 to 2008

Rehabilitation Assistant at Presbyterian Hospital at Dallas – Performed inpatient physical therapy; Jan. – Jul. 1998

Women’s Health Center – Started medical database and observed patient care; 1995-96

OB/Gyn Services – Worked in office of Drs. Kaye, Cohen, Weinstein, and Silverstein; 1995

Committee Experience

Department of Plastic Surgery Chair – St. Vincent 2019 – present
Chair of Homecoming Committee of Episcopal School 2019 – 2020
Chair of OES Fund – OES 2017 – 2019
Decathlon Committee Member – Recruit participants, aid with training and test Participants; January 2014-2017

Extracurricular Activities

Residency Advisory Committee, 2006-2008, Present and resolve communication, safety, institutional, and other issues involving residents
Graduate Medical Education Committee, 2006-2008, Serve as resident representative at GME meetings

Medical School
Student Government; President 2001-2002, Secretary 1998-2001 – Organized multiple class events, Attended class, Dean’s, and Alumni meetings
American Medical Student Association, Co-President 1998-99, Member 1998-2002 – Organized a Residency fair, National Primary Care week activities, a group trip to an AMSA convention, and Medical Malpractice Bowl
Peer Advisor, 1999-2000 – Arranged social activities for MSI’s throughout the school year; Attended counseling weekly meetings with the Counseling Department; Served as mentor and advisor for first year medical students

Premedical Society; Treasurer 1996-97, member 1994-97
Best Buddies – Served as companion to mentally handicapped woman; 1996-97
Peer Advisor – Office of Professional School Advising; 1997
Executive Council of Health Organization Shadow Program – Shadowed an otolaryngologist – Dr. Thomas Salzer; 1997
Residence Hall Council; Historian 1995-96, Floor Representative 1994-95
Southwest Association of College and University Residence Hall Convention – Served as delegate and small group leader; 1994
Zoological Society 1994-96
Bonfire construction 1994-97


“Surgical Options after Massive Weight Loss” – Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America Pacific Northwest Chapter, November 2012
“Complex Abdominal Wall Reconstruction” at Providence St. Vincent Surgical Grand Rounds 2008
“Hand Emergencies” Emergency Department Grand Rounds; July 2007
“Cephalometrics and Cleft lip embryology” at Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds; February 8, 2006
“Trunk Reconstruction” at Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds; December 14, 2005
“Extensor Tendons” at Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds; October 5, 2005
“Pressure Sores” at Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds; July 13, 2005

Research Experience

O’Brien SP, Billmire DA “Prevention and management of outpatient pediatric burns.” J Craniofacial Surgery July 2008;19(4):1034-9.
O’Brien, SP Chapter – “Wound Healing and Management” Chapter 7 The Mont Reid Surgical Handbook, Sixth Edition pages 87-94
Presentation – “Pediatric Considerations with Median Labiomandibular Glossotomy” at the Combined Meeting of the Ohio Valley and the Robert H. Ivy Societies of Plastic Surgery; June 2, 2006
Kitzmiller, W. John and Shannon P. O’Brien “Evaluation and Repair of Common Facial Injuries” Chapter 31 Mastery of Surgery, Fifth Edition pages 372-380.
Analyzed genetic relationship of crop plants via in situ hybridization; 1996

Volunteer Experiences

Parent Volunteer – Organized multiple class events at Oregon Episcopal School, including class parties, auction project and end of year photo and recipe book for teacher gift. Assisted with class walks. 2013-present
Business Careers High School – Served as Big Sis to “at risk” high school student; 1998-2000
Scott & White Hospital in College Station, Texas – 1995-1996

Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant, Medical Head, Neck and Back Anatomy; Fall 2001
Supplemental Instruction Leader – group tutor for Genetics, Chemistry, and Biology; Spring, Summer and Fall Semesters 1997