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Carol L. Shields

Ocular Oncology Service, Director, Wills Eye Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

A little-known or interesting thing about you...

I attended the University of Notre Dame for my collegiate education, with the intention of studying hard to become a scientist. And that I did, but I could not resist trying out for the newly founded women’s basketball team, a sport I loved. In the end, I played on the team for four years, served as its captain for three years, and this experience propelled me into my future, convincing me to believe in myself and my ultimate potential.

If you weren’t an ophthalmologist…

I would probably specialize in dermatology. I really enjoyed both fields in medical school. My career in ophthalmic tumors is a blend of ophthalmology and dermatology, with an emphasis on related tumors.

One practical tip for a fellow expert...

A practical tip for patient management in ocular oncology is to stay positive and relay this to the family. I always start my counseling session with a positive comment, to give the patient and their family hope.

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One hundred reasons to celebrate women in ophthalmology

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100 reasons to be proud

This is the third time we have tried to map the Top 100 most influential people in the world of ophthalmology. The list includes surgeons, scientists, engineers, CEOs and more, and each one of them has been voted for by you, our readers.

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100 reasons to be proud

Welcome to The Power List 2016 – our second foray into the Top 100 most influential people in the world of ophthalmology.

Though we realize our list can (and should) never be definitive, who can argue that the faces within – both familiar and new – do not beautifully highlight the brilliance and diversity found within the field?

Here, we celebrate 100 reasons to be proud of ophthalmology.

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The 100 most influential people

Who are the 100 most influential people in ophthalmology?
That’s the question we posed to ourselves – and then to you – over two months ago, ahead of open nominations and a painstaking judging process. Here, without further ado, we celebrate the answer.

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