The American Board of Ophthalmology congratulates diplomate Jerry A. Shields, MD, who was presented with the 2019 Lucien Howe Medal from the American Ophthalmological Society during the organization's Annual Meeting in May. Dr. Shields is Founder and Director Emeritus of the Wills Eye Hospital Ocular Oncology Service and Professor of Ophthalmology at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He was selected for the award in recognition of his distinguished service throughout his career to the fields of ocular oncology and ophthalmology.
"We congratulate Jerry Shields for this immense honor and wholeheartedly applaud the American Ophthalmological Society's naming Dr. Shields as this year's Howe Medal awardee. Jerry has been a revered leader in the field of ocular oncology and ophthalmology. His contributions are legion. He has taught and trained generations of clinicians, been at the forefront of lifesaving treatments and cures in eye cancer, and has led research efforts that have defined new options in care and best practices in oncology. We are so very proud that, together with his partner and wife, Carol L. Shields, MD, and the Wills Eye team, they have called Wills Eye "Home"- achieving a positive global impact on health and vision," said, Julia A. Haller, MD, Ophthalmologist-in-Chief, Wills Eye Hospital and William Tasman, MD, Endowed Chair.
Dr. Shields has been a leader for more than 50 years in the care and management of patients around the world with ocular tumors and eye disease. He has authored or co-authored over 1800 scientific publications, close to 20 major textbooks, has presented 1500 national and international scientific lectures including 70 named lectures. He has trained more than 120 fellows who have gone onto the practice of ocular oncology and who have themselves ascended to leadership positions throughout the world. He has received numerous professional awards including The American Academy of Ophthalmology's highest honor, The Laureate Award, The National Physician of the Year Award for Clinical Excellence from Castle Connelly Medical Ltd, and is consistently named a Top Doctor by Philadelphia Magazine.
First awarded in 1922, the Howe Medal is international in scope and has recognized some of the most lauded and influential ophthalmologists in history.
Pictured: Jerry A. Shields, MD, accepts the 2019 Lucien Howe Medal as wife and professional partner, Carol L Shields, M.D., looks on. Photo by Ralph C. Eagle, Jr., MD, photographer for the American Ophthalmological Society and Wills Eye Chief of Ophthalmic Pathology Service.