Jerry A. Shields, MD, is director of the Ocular Oncology Service at Wills Eye Hospital and a professor of ophthalmology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He graduated from Murray State University and the University of Michigan Medical School, then completed an internship at Denver General Hospital and spent a year as a battalion surgeon in the United States Marine Corps in Vietnam. He was a resident in ophthalmology at Wills Eye Hospital and completed fellowships in ophthalmic pathology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology and in retinal surgery at Wills Eye Hospital. In 1972 he spent four months working with Project Hope in northeastern Brazil. In 1973 he helped establish the Ocular Oncology Service at Wills Eye Hospital. For more than 40 years, Dr. Shields has been involved in caring for patients with tumors of the eyelids, conjunctiva, intraocular structures and orbit and has helped pioneer methods of diagnosis and management of these conditions.

Dr. Shields has authored or co-authored 1,450 articles in scientific journals and 697 textbook chapters, a total of 2,147 scientific publications. He has authored or co-authored 13 textbooks including the highly popular Atlas of Intraocular Tumors and Atlas of Eyelid, Conjunctiva, and Orbital Tumors. He has given 1,560 national and international lectures and 82 named lectures, including the Paul Henkind Memorial Lecture for the Macula Society; 1996 Eldridge Green Lecture at the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (Edinburgh, Scotland); Bjerrum Lecture for the Danish Ophthalmological Society; Lorenz Zimmerman Lecture for the American Academy of Ophthalmology; Ramon Font Lecture for the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology; Montgomery Lecture at the Irish College of Ophthalmologists; Sanford Gifford Memorial Lecture for the Chicago Ophthalmological Society; Proctor Lecture at the University of California; Guyton Lecture at Henry Ford Hospital; J. Donald M. Gass Lecture for the Ophthalmic Photographer's Society; Helen Keller Lecture in Birmingham, Alabama; Melvin Rubin Lecture for the Florida Society of Ophthalmology; King Khalid Memorial Lecture in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Bach Lecture for the German Society of Ophthalmology; and many others.

In addition, Dr. Shields has received more than 40 national and international awards for his contributions. His greatest academic honor was receiving the prestigious National Physician of the Year Award for Clinical Excellence in March 2013 from Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. in New York. He was the 2014 recipient of the annual Laureate Award, the highest honor given by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He also delivered the prestigious Charles Schepens Award and Lectureship for the American Academy of Ophthalmology in 2014. Dr. Shields was the recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Humanitarian Award from the University of Michigan Medical School.

Dr. Shields has served on editorial boards for the American Journal of Ophthalmology, British Journal of Ophthalmology, Cancer, Retina, Retina Cases and Brief Reports, International Ophthalmology, Graefe's Archives of Ophthalmology, German Journal of Ophthalmology, Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology, Evidence-Based Medicine, Ophthalmic Practice, Yearbook of Ophthalmology and others. He was an organizer and first president of the International Society of Ocular Oncology, president of the Ophthalmic Club of Philadelphia, treasurer and president of the Macula Society and president of the Medical Staff of Wills Eye Hospital.

Dr. Shields is married to Dr. Carol L. Shields, MD, who is co-director of the Oncology Service at Wills Eye Hospital. She has also made many scientific contributions and has received numerous academic honors and awards. They have seven children ranging from 15 to 26 years of age.