Carol Lally Shields (born July 8, 1957) is an ophthalmologist in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania specializing in ocular oncology.
Early life and undergraduate education
Shields was born Carol Lally in Sharon, Pennsylvania on July 8, 1957, graduating from Kennedy Christian High School in 1975. In 1979, she earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame, also playing NCAA women's basketball for the "Fighting Irish." She was a member of the first basketball team at Notre Dame, and later became captain of the team. She was also the first woman to receive the Byron Kanaley Award, the highest honor given to Notre Dame student-athletes, awarded for excellence in academics and leadership. She was inducted into the Capital All-American Hall of Fame in 2011 for excellence in athletics and academics.
Medical education and career
Dr. Shields completed medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Upon graduation from medical school, she moved to Philadelphia to do a residency at Thomas Jefferson University at Wills Eye Hospital and joined the staff at Wills Eye Hospital where she specializes in ophthalmology and eye cancers.
Dr. Shields is the coauthor (with Jerry A. Shields, her husband) of a number of texts including: Atlas of Orbital Tumors, Atlas of Intraocular Tumors, and Atlas of Eyelid and Conjunctival Tumors. She is also co- editor of a comprehensive book entitled, "Retinoblastoma", published recently.
Currently, Dr. Shields and her husband Dr. Jerry Shields head up the oncology department at the Wills Eye Hospital. Located in Philadelphia, the Wills Eye Hospital sees at least 50% of the 300 children diagnosed with retinoblastoma each year and at least 1/3 of the adults diagnosed with ocular melanoma in the USA. She was voted by her peers to be in the 2014 and 2016 Ophthalmology Top 100 Power List, which comprises a list of the top 100 most influential people in ophthalmology in the world. She is also the recipient of the Donders Award (2003) given by the Netherlands Ophthalmological Society every 5 years to an ophthalmologist worldwide who has contributed extensively to the field of ophthalmology. She was the first woman ever to receive this award.