Carol L. Shields practices ocular oncology at and is currently Co-Director of the Oncology Service at Wills Eye Hospital. She is also a Professor of Ophthalmology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. She previously was the first elected President of the International Society of Ocular Oncology, the largest international society of clinicians and basic scientists interested in ocular tumors. Carol completed her residency in ophthalmology at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia and subsequently did fellowship training in Ocular Oncology, Oculoplastic Surgery and Ophthalmic Pathology.
She has authored or co-authored 12 textbooks, over 1400 articles in major journals and over 300 textbook chapters as well as given over 700 lectureships. Carol has received numerous professional awards, including the Donders Award in 2003, given by the Netherlands Ophthalmological Society; an Honorary Doctorate of Science Degree each from the University of Notre Dame in 2005 and the Catholic University in 2011; and the American Academy of Ophthalmology Life Achievement Honor Award in 2011. Carol is also a member of numerous ocular oncology, pathology and retina societies and has delivered more than 35 named lectures in America and abroad. She has been active in the American Academy of Ophthalmology and serves on the editorial board of several journals, including Retina, Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and International Journal of Clinical Oncology.