Clarence-L-Shields-Jr-MDClarence L Shields Jr MD of Los Angeles CA, is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine, shoulder, elbow and knees. He earned his medical doctorate at Creighton University in Omaha Nebraska and completed his internship at the University of California Los Angeles Medical Center, then did his Orthopedic Surgery residency at LAC/University of Southern California Medical Center. He completed his Sports Medicine Fellowship at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic. Dr. Shields is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Orthopedics at USC and Assistant Clinical Professor at the Charles Drew School of Medicine. He is an orthopedic consultant to the University of California Irvine Medical Center and Rancho Los Amigos Hospital. Dr. Shields is a Neutral Physician for the National Football League and is the former orthopedic consultant to the Los Angeles Rams.

Dr. Shields is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons and the National Board of Medical Examiners.

Dr. Shields is an active and significant contributor in the medical professional community and is a past-president of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine and was named “Mr. Sportsmedicine” by the AOSSM in 2006. He is a member of a number of other medical professional societies including the Herodicus Society, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Los Angeles County Medical Association, California Orthopedic Association, Pan Pacific Surgical Association, American College of Sports Medicine, International Society of the Knee, International Arthroscopy Association and Arthroscopy Association of North America. Dr. Shields has authored a book and numerous publications, editorials and book chapters, and has facilitated over 200 lectures. He is the founder of Team HEAL Foundation, which provides certified athletic trainers and related services to athletes at participating high schools.

Specialty & Clinical Interests

  • Orthopedic Sports Medicine

Education & Medical Training

University of Southern California/LAC+USC Medical Center
Residency, Orthopedic Surgery, 1969–1973

UUCLA Medical Center
Residency, General Surgery, 1966–1967

UCreighton University School of Medicine
Class of 1966

Board Status

UAmerican Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery

Publications & Presentations

  • Revision anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: three- to nine-year follow-up.
  • Clinical outcome of anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction with quadrupled hamstring tendon graft and bioabsorbable interference screw fixation.
  • Presidential Address of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine: stars and heroes.