Michael J. O'Brien, MD


Shoulder & Elbow, Sports Medicine, Residency Program Director
School of Medicine
Dr. Michael O'Brien



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Dr. Michael J. O’Brien is a Board Certified orthopaedic surgeon, fellowship-trained to specialize in shoulder & elbow surgery and internationally recognized as an expert in the field of shoulder and elbow diagnosis, treatment and surgery.

Dr. O’Brien is the Chief of Shoulder and Elbow services and Orthopaedics Residency Director at Tulane University. He joined the Tulane Department of Orthopaedics in 2009, after completing his orthopaedic residency at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, MD, and Shoulder & Elbow fellowship at the Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. O’Brien has an active clinical practice and is involved in many ongoing research projects designed to advance the field of orthopaedics. In 2016, the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) selected him to join their Traveling Fellowship, a focused and select opportunity to train with some of AANA’s greatest surgeons; and in 2018, Dr. O’Brien was invited to join the Association of Clinical Elbow and Shoulder Surgeons, an exclusive invite-only organization of fellowship-trained elbow and shoulder surgeons in North America, as its first and only member from Louisiana.

Dr. O’Brien is one of only four Louisiana surgeons elected as an Active Member of the American Shoulder & Elbow Surgeons (ASES), an international society of leading orthopaedic surgeons who specialize in surgery of the shoulder and elbow. He has been selected annually by his peers as a Top Doctor in Orthopaedics in the Greater New Orleans area and in the State of Louisiana. He regularly lectures and teaches courses internationally and throughout the United States, and has published hundreds of articles on topics such as shoulder and elbow reconstructive surgery, arthroscopy of the shoulder and elbow, rotator cuff surgery, shoulder instability, total shoulder replacement, reverse shoulder replacement, total elbow replacement, ligament reconstruction and meniscus surgery of the knee, fracture care in both adults and children, and ortho biologics (including donor cartilage and collagen implants.)

Dr. O’Brien is currently Chair of the AANA Fellowship Committee, Co-Chair of the ASES Residency Course, a supervising physician for the Mississippi Sports Medicine Orthopaedic Center sports medicine fellowship program, and immediate past President of the Greater New Orleans Orthopaedic Society. He serves on the Editorial Board for the Arthroscopy Journal, and on the Board of Trustees of the Southern Orthopaedic Association. Dr. O’Brien is a current team physician for Tulane Athletics, NOLA Gold Rugby and Brother Martin High School.

Dr. O'Brien sees patients at the Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine, Sports Medicine Plus and Tulane-Lakeside Hospital.


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