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Subspecialties Retina, Basic & Translational Research, Cornea/Ocular Surface

A Job for Life

What led you to ocular oncology?

When I came to Wills Eye Hospital as a resident in 1984, I enjoyed all aspects of ophthalmology. With every rotation, I fell in love with a new field. Then I got to ocular oncology. It seemed like an orphan subspecialty; it didn’t have much interest, and very few people were working in it. I saw a potential to make a big difference. I did some research on tumors of the caruncle, retinoblastoma and uveal melanoma, and found it was my calling.

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Carol Shields

Carol Shields is Chief of the Ocular Oncology Service at Wills Eye Hospital and Professor of Ophthalmology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, USA

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