The Power List 2016
Co-Director of the Oncology Service, Wills Eye Hospital, and Professor of Ophthalmology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
With her husband Jerry (qv) and their associates, Shields runs Wills Eye Hospital’s Oncology Service that, every year, manages over half of all the eye cancer cases in the USA and many more from around the world. These often complex cases include but are not limited to uveal melanoma, retinoblastoma and numerous other intraocular, orbital and adnexal tumors. Carol and Jerry are pioneers in the field of eye cancer – having written the key textbooks used worldwide and created the number one method and acronym for diagnosing eye tumors.
In 2011, Shields was the recipient of the AAO’s Life Achievement Honor Award, and has received many others, including the Donders Medal from the Netherlands Ophthalmological Society. A prominent student-athlete in her undergraduate days, she was inducted into the Academic All-American Hall of Fame in 2011 for her athletic and professional success. She has authored or co-authored nine textbooks, over 1,000 articles, nearly 300 textbook chapters, and given almost 600 lectureships. On being the 2014 Paul A. Chandler Visiting Professor at Harvard Medical School’s Department of Ophthalmology, the Bostonians lauded her “expertise in ocular oncology that spans a range of specialties, including oculoplastics, retina, and cornea.”