Shelby Allen, M.D. Administrative General Surgery Chief

Shelby was born in Greensburg, PA and moved to High Point, NC with her family when she was 9 years old. She now considers North Carolina home. Growing up she loved music and started playing the piano and flute at a young age. It wasn’t until high school that she became interested in medicine after shadowing her mother, a CRNA, at work.

After graduating from high school she went to UNC-Chapel Hill for college where she majored in chemistry and minored in music. She also discovered a passion for travelling at UNC and has been fortunate to travel around the world. 

After college she moved to Winston-Salem, NC to attend medical school. She knew she liked working with her hands but did not decide on surgery until late in her third year. She was thrilled to match for residency at MUSC.

During residency, she loved all of general surgery and changed her mind several times about what career path she wanted to take, but ultimately found that she really loved HPB surgery during her fourth year. She is very excited to be going to Indiana University for an HPB fellowship and is looking forward to a new adventure. 


It is hard to believe that 5 years have already passed since I moved to Charleston to begin residency. Much of the time since then has been a blur of call shifts, long days and sleepless nights, but I have learned so much along the way from so many people.Thank you to all the nurses, RTs, and everyone else who prevented me from killing any patients that first month in the ICU, and every month since then.

Thank you to the all the faculty who invest so much time and energy in educating residents. I am especially grateful to Dr. Morgan and Dr. Lancaster for helping me get a fellowship at the last minute. Thank you also to Dr. George, Dr. Lagares and Dr. Curran for supporting my initial pursuit of colorectal surgery and for continuing to be supportive when I changed my career path. And thank you to Dr. Privette for being my faculty advisor and for talking me off the ledge when I was having a particularly difficult rotation.To my graduating co-chiefs: thank you for being a sounding board and listening ear when I needed to vent.

Thank you to faculty

I am proud to have gone through residency with all of you and will miss you so much next year! And to the rest of my coresidents, many of whom became my closest friends: I loved working with you and you will all be wonderful surgeons! To Jane, Caitlin and Laurie: you were my resident family from intern year on, and allowed me to be a part of your major life events. I don’t know how I will get through fellowship without you all, but I will figure it out.

Shelby with colleagues

To my wonderful family: I would not be anywhere without your unconditional love and support of all my goals and dreams. Thank you to Molly and Mark for allowing me to be the worst maid of honor in your wedding, and for coming to visit me in Charleston and feeding me while you were here.

To Mom and Dad: there aren’t words to express how much I appreciate everything you’ve done for me. Thank you for encouraging me when I didn’t think I could go any further, for teaching me the value of hard work, and for never letting me settle for less than my best.

Shelby with her family

Finally, thank you to all the patients who have allowed me to care for them over my years of training, many of whom are no longer with us. It has been a privilege to care for you during the most vulnerable times of your lives, and you have been the most incredible teachers without even knowing it.