Shalana O'Brien

Surgical Oncology

Cancers Treated:

Specializing In:

Melanoma, Thyroid cancer, Hyperparathyroidism, Parathyroid adenoma, Peritoneal surface malignancies, HIPEC

Research Interests:

Advanced melanoma, Clinical outcomes of melanoma patients

About Shalana O'Brien


As a surgical oncologist, I have been trained to offer individualized and comprehensive treatment to patients with cancer. I focus on treating patients with melanoma/skin cancers, endocrine disorders and cancers, and using heated chemotherapy (HIPEC) to treat advanced cancers that have spread within the abdomen.

At Roswell Park, there is a great team dynamic. Our goal is to work together to best take care of our patients. With the experts in each field under one roof, as a cancer center, it is easy for us to combine the best clinical care with cutting edge research. Communication is key with any serious diagnosis and it is my responsibility to make sure our patients have all the necessary information to make important treatment decisions and that these decisions are accurately conveyed to all members of the team. I am proud to join an amazing group of surgeons at Roswell Park in treating members of the WNY community and beyond.


Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Assistant Professor of Oncology
  • Department of Surgical Oncology


Education and Training:

  • 2006-2010 - MD - University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Buffalo, NY


  • 2010-2017 - General Surgery Residency, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY


  • 2017-2019 - Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2012-2014 - Research Fellowship, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Buffalo, NY

Board Certification:

  • 2018 - Board Certified in General Surgery

Professional Memberships:

  • Society of Surgical Oncology
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology

Honors & Awards:

  • 2018- The John (Drew) Ridge Fellowship Award in Surgical Oncology
  • 2016 - Alpha Omega Alpha
  • 2015 - Theodore C. Jewett Jr MD Gold Star Resident of the Year Award in Pediatric Surgery
  • 2015 - Medical Resident Award of Excellence for Promoting Inclusion and Cultural Diversity
  • 2013 - WNY American College of Surgeons Abstract Competition, 2nd place - Basic science
  • 2013 - University at Buffalo Surgery Research Day, 2nd place - Oral presentations
  • 2010 - Department of Surgery Chair's Award for Academic Excellence in Surgery

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