Thursday, June 16, 2011

Yale Honors Retiring Chairman Emeritus and Glaucoma Expert M. Bruce Shields

NEW HAVEN - Renowned glaucoma specialist Dr. M. Bruce Shields, the Marvin Sears Professor and Chair Emeritus of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at Yale School of Medicine, will be honored June 17 with an international ophthalmology symposium as he retires after 15 years.

The Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science's Symposium/Alumni Day honoring Shields will feature internationally recognized ophthalmologists presenting their current work on glaucoma. The event takes place at Yale University West Campus, 141 Frontage Rd. in Orange, Conn. Dr. James Tsai, the Robert R. Young Professor and Chair of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at Yale, notes "Dr. Bruce Shields has forged a tradition of excellence in clinical care, research, and education that will have a lasting and sustained impact on patients throughout the world. At Yale he has also served as the ideal physician role model for our medical students, residents, and fellows."

During his career, Shields centered his clinical practice, research and teaching on glaucoma. He directed Duke University's Glaucoma Service and developed glaucoma treatments involving the application of laser technology. Using this technology, he concentrates on treating the most advanced types of glaucoma. He obtained a patent in 2006 for a glaucoma device called the Aquashunt.

Shields comes form a long line of physicians; his brother and two uncles are also ophthalmologists and his father and grandfather were dentists. He received a B.S. in 1962 from Phillips University in Enid, Okla., and a M.D. in 1966 from Oklahoma University School of Medicine. He took a one-year rotating internship at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Philadelphia and served three years in the U.S. Navy, being discharged in 1970 as a lieutenant commander. He also took a fellowship in glaucoma at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston.

Before coming to Yale, Shields served 22 years as a faculty member in the department of ophthalmology at Duke University, staff surgeon at the Veteran's Affairs Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, and a consultant at the Veteran's Affairs Medical Center in Asheville. He held these positions since 1974, when he had completed three years of residency training in ophthalmology at Duke.

A prolific author, Shields has written more 200 scientific journal articles and book chapters. However, his best-known work is the "Textbook of Glaucoma," which is now in its sixth U.S. edition. It also has been translated into German, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish.

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