Carol Shields, MD

Specialty :
Ocular Oncology
Phone :
1-877-AT-WILLS (1-877-289-4557)
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Medical Staff Location

Wills Eye Hospital
840 Walnut Street, Suite 1440
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Board Certification
American Board of Ophthalmology - 1989
Language Spoken
Philadelphia magazine "Top Doctors" 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 Castle Connolly "America's Top Doctors" 2014
Academic Affiliation
Professor, Jefferson Medical College
Moorfields Eye Hospital (London), Orbital & Eyelid Tumors & Reconstruction - 1988; Wills Eye Hospital: Ocular Oncology - 1988-1989, Ocular Pathology - 1987-1988
Wills Eye Hospital - 1987
Medical School
University of Pittsburgh - 1983
University of Notre Dame - 1979
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Dr. Carol Shields completed her residency in ophthalmology at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia in 1987 and subsequently did fellowship training in ocular oncology, oculoplastic surgery, and ophthalmic pathology. She is currently Co-Director of the Oncology Service, Wills Eye Hospital, and Professor of Ophthalmology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

She has authored or coauthored 9 textbooks, over 1000 articles in major journals, nearly 300 textbook chapters, given nearly 600 lectureships, and has received numerous professional awards. The five most prestigious awards include:

  • The Byron Kanaley Award (1979) given to the top student athlete at the University of Notre Dame.  She was the first woman ever to receive this award.
  • The Donders Award (2003) given by the Netherlands Ophthalmological Society every 5 years to an ophthalmologist worldwide who has contributed extensively to the field of ophthalmology.  She was the first woman ever to receive this award.
  • Honorary Doctorate of Science Degree from the University of Notre Dame (2005) and the Catholic University (2011) bestowed at the graduation ceremonies from each University.  She was the first woman graduate of Notre Dame to receive this award.
  • The American Academy of Ophthalmology Life Achievement Honor Award (2011) for significant contributions to the field of ophthalmology.
  • Induction into the Academic All-American Hall of Fame (2011) for lifetime success in athleticism  and career.

Dr. Carol Shields is a member of numerous ocular oncology, pathology, and retina societies and has delivered 30 named lectures in America and abroad. She has been highly active in the American Academy of Ophthalmology.  She serves on the editorial board of several journals including Retina, Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and International Journal of Clinical Oncology.

She practices ocular oncology on a full time basis with her husband, Dr. Jerry Shields and associates on the Oncology Service at Wills Eye Hospital. Each year the Oncology Service manages approximately 500 patients with uveal melanoma, 120 patients with retinoblastoma, and numerous other intraocular, orbital, and adnexal tumors from the United States and abroad. She and her husband Jerry are the parents of 7 children, ranging from ages 11 to 23 years.