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Keynote Speaker

Carol L. Shields, MD

Friday, Oct 13th, 2017 | 1:00am - Noon | Grand Ballrooms 1-5, 3rd floor level

“The Colorful Spectrum of Ocular Tumors in Humans”

In this course, Dr. Shields will review the diverse spectrum of human ocular tumors affecting the eyelids, conjunctiva, intraocular structures, and orbit. There will be discussion of various topics of eyelid basal cell carcinoma, sebaceous carcinoma, and new therapies with hedgehog inhibition medications. There will be a review of various conjunctival tumors such as squamous cell carcinoma, melanoma, and lymphoma and point out the great success that topical chemotherapy and immunotherapy has achieved for squamous neoplasia.  An overview of intraocular uveal melanoma, retinoblastoma, and metastatic disease, highlighting the tremendous progress with chemotherapy for retinoblastoma, will be given.  Lastly, Dr. Shields will review the various orbital tumors including lacrimal gland tumors, hemangiomas, and meningiomas.  This will be an action packed, up-to-date, highly illustrated review on human ocular tumors than can be correlated to certain animals.


Dr. Carol Shields completed her residency in ophthalmology at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia in 1987 and subsequently did fellowship training in ocular oncology, oculoplastic surgery, and ophthalmic pathology. She is currently Co-Director of the Oncology Service, Wills Eye Hospital, and Professor of Ophthalmology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

Dr. Carol Shields is a member of numerous ocular oncology, pathology, and retina societies and has delivered 47 named lectures in America and abroad. She has been active in the American Academy of Ophthalmology. She serves on the editorial/advisory board of 27 journals including JAMA Ophthalmology, Retina, Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and International Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Dr. Shields has authored or co-authored 12 textbooks, over 1500 articles in major peer-reviewed journals, over 300 textbook chapters, given over 700 lectureships, and has received numerous professional awards. The 7 most prestigious awards include:

  • The Byron Kanaley Award (1979) given to the top student-athlete at the University of Notre Dame.  She was the first woman ever to receive this award.
  • 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.
  • Honorary Doctorate of Science Degree from the University of Notre Dame (2005) and the Catholic University (2011) bestowed at the graduation ceremonies from each University.  She was the first woman graduate of Notre Dame to receive this award.
  • The American Academy of Ophthalmology Life Achievement Honor Award (2011) for significant contributions to the field of ophthalmology.
  • Induction into the Academic All-American Hall of Fame (2011) for lifetime success in athleticism  and career.
  • President of the International Society of Ocular Oncology (2013-2015) – This is the largest international society of clinicians and basic scientists interested in ocular tumors.  She was the first elected President of this society.
  • Ophthalmology Power List - Nominated by peers as one of the top 100 leaders in the field of ophthalmology and published in The Ophthalmologist.  There have only been 2 “Top 100” power lists in 2014 and 2016 and she was on both.

She practices Ocular Oncology on a full time basis with her husband, Dr. Jerry Shields and associates on the Oncology Service at Wills Eye Hospital. Each year the Oncology Service manages approximately 500 patients with uveal melanoma, 120 patients with retinoblastoma, and numerous other intraocular, orbital, and adnexal tumors from the United States and abroad. She and her husband Jerry are the parents of 7 children, ranging in age from 16 to 28 years.

Keynote Lecturer History

Presentations have been recorded since 2011 and are available to members through the online video portal.

2016 - Dr. Randy Kardon    Title: Pupil Light Reflex and Its Application to Both Veterinary, Laboratory and Human Translation

2015 - Dr. John R. Heckenlively    Title: Is SARDS Really Cases of Autoimmune Retinopathy? Evaluation from the Human Perspective

2014 - Dr. Robert Noecker    Title: Advances in Glaucoma, Cataract and Anterior Segment Surgery

2013 - Dr. Chris McGahan    Title: New Roles for Iron in Ocular Physiology

2012 - Dr. Morton Smith    Title: Second most effective tool for Honing your Diagnostic skills is the CPC

2011 - Dr. Ivan Schwab    Title: Evolution's Witness

2010 - Dr. Mike Robinson    Title:Advances in Ocular Drug Delivery

2009 - Dr. Martin Uram    Title: Endoscopic Glaucoma and Retinal Surgery

2008 - Dr. Paul Koch    Title: Cataract Surgery in two-legged patients

2007 - Dr Steve Arshinoff    Title: Ophthalmic Viscosurgical Devices and Techniques to use them to their full Potential

2006 - Dr. Kirk Packo    Title: Intravitreal Pharmacotherapy - Using Intraocular Inections to Treat Retinal Disease

2005 - Dr. Robert Anderson    Title: Where are Omega-3 Fatty Acids and why are they so Important to the Retina?

2004 - Dr. Gustavo Aguirre     Title: Gene Therapy for Retinal Disease in Dogs