Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Clarence L. Shields, Jr., of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic

Laura Dyrda -   Print  |
Clarence L. Shields, Jr., MD, a physician with the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles, has served as a sports medicine leader in many capacities throughout his career. He is a past president of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and received the AOSSM "Mr. Sportsmedicine" award in 2006.

Dr. Shields recently spoke with a local ABC affiliate about how to ensure that a high school football team stays healthy and prevents as many injuries as possible. Maintaining hydration is very important, he said.

"By weighing [the athletes] in the morning and then weighing them after practice, that gives you a good idea of how their fluid balances," Dr. Shields said in the report.

Dr. Shields is a former consultant for the Los Angeles Rams and currently serves as a neutral physician with the National Football League. In addition to his work at Kerlan-Jobe, Dr. Shields consults at the University of California Irvine Medical Center and Rancho Los Amigos Hospital in Downey, Calif.

Dr. Shields has written several articles and book chapters. He is a professor in the department of orthopedics at the University of Southern California and the Charles Drew School of Medicine in Los Angeles. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the American College of Sports Medicine and the International Arthroscopy Association.

Dr. Shields earned his medical degree from Creighton University in Omaha and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Southern California Medical Center in Los Angeles. He is also a member of the Herodicus Society.

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