Shannon Beres, MD

  • Shannon Jeanine Beres
  • “I have a lot of energy, which I funnel into being an advocate for each family I see.”

My mother was a special education teacher, so I grew up with a model of helping others. In high school I worked with children with disabilities and was a mentor for them, which inspired me to become a doctor.

I chose child neurology because I was interested in helping children with special needs, and was inspired by the family dynamics created when there's a child that has special needs.

Diseases that involve the brain can be very alarming to a family, but with additional teaching and describing how the brain works I help families understand their child's condition. I take a family-centered approach to care and believe in making decisions and developing a management plan together as a team.

I have a lot of energy, which I funnel into being an advocate for each family I see. I spend a lot of extra time going the extra mile, whether that's further diagnostic workup or making sure their care plan is fully executed. I am here for each family every step of the way.



Neurology - Child Neurology

Work and Education

Professional Education

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine Registrar, Richmond, VA, 6/15/2009


UCSF Pediatric Residency, San Francisco, CA, 8/28/2011


UCSF Child Neurology Residency, San Francisco, CA, 8/31/2014


University of Pennsylvania Ophthalmology Fellowships, Philadelphia, PA, 7/31/2015

Board Certifications

Neurology - Child Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Conditions Treated

3rd 4th 6th nerve palsies

Brain trauma

Brain tumors

Cancer-related optic nerve swelling

Epilepsy surgery

Eye movement abnormalities

Idiopathic intracranial hypertension

Myasthenia gravis


Optic disc atrophy

Optic nerve abnormalities

Optic neuritis

Optic neuropathy

Optic pathway gliomas


Pseudotumor cerebri syndrome

Septo-optic dysplasia


Visual field defects