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Clarence L. Shields M.D.
Primary Specialties

Physician Bio

Clarence L. Shields, M.D. 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 completed his Orthopaedic Surgery residency at LAC + University of Southern California Medical Center. He completed his Sports Medicine Fellowship at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic, a founding partner of the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute. Dr. Shields is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at USC and Assistant Clinical Professor at the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. He is an orthopaedic 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 orthopaedic consultant to the Los Angeles Rams.

Dr. Shields is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery 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 Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and was named “Mr. Sports Medicine” by the AOSSM in 2006. He is a member of a number of other medical professional societies including the Herodicus Society, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Los Angeles County Medical Association, California Orthopaedic 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, as well as 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.

Clinical Areas

  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Elbow Disorders (Injury, Pain, Sprain, Strain) - Sports
  • Knee Disorders (Injury, Pain, Sprain, Strain) - Sports
  • Cortisone Injections
  • Shoulder Disorders (Injury, Pain, Sprain, Strain, Instability)
  • Shoulder Dislocations
  • Meniscus Repairs
  • Rotator Cuff Injury / Injuries
  • Selected as Orthopedic Surgeon to Know

Recognition & Accolades


  • Super Doctor, - 2016