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In Memoriam: William E. Shiels II, D.O.

William E. Shiels, D.O.

William E. Shiels II, D.O.
April 2, 1954 – May 5, 2015

Chief of the Department of Radiology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital 

President of Children’s Radiological Institute, Inc.

Clinical Professor of Radiology and Pediatrics on the graduate faculty in Biomedical Engineering at The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Adjunct Professor in the Department of Radiology
at the Medical University of Ohio. 

Appointed to Nationwide Children's Hospital's Medical Staff in 1996

Dr. Shiels leaves a legacy of outstanding leadership, skill and innovation, particularly in interventional radiology and ultrasound, with clinical focus on treating infants and children with vascular malformations, bone cysts, and bone tumors as well as congenital and acquired abnormalities of the head and neck.  He introduced ground-breaking procedures for bone cyst and bone tumor ablation, soft tissue foreign body removal and percutaneous treatment of lymphatic malformations.  Dr. Shiels invented the Shiels Intussusception Device in 1990, an innovative air reduction technique used to treat childhood intussusception that today is used all over the world.  

Dr. Shiels once said: “One of the most important things I can do as a teacher is to help young physicians learn how to capture the most valuable 3 minutes of a patient’s first encounter, affirming the value of the child as a person and as THE patient, and learning the value of complete communication including the art of listening, eye contact, and physical touch……as vehicles that transmit loudly the healing commitment with which they enter the patients’ rooms.”

He was the recipient of dozens of awards and recognitions including the 2015 Society of Pediatric Radiology Pioneer Award, presented for work that has had a significant impact on the way pediatric radiology is practiced or perceived; the 2011 Dr. Floyd J. Trenery Memorial Medal from the American Osteopathic College of Radiology (AOCR), the highest honor bestowed to a member of the AOCR; The John Caffey Gold Medal Award, the Society for Pediatric Radiology’s highest academic award, twice, for research work in Childhood Intussusception and Lymphatic Malformations; recognition as one of America’s Most Compassionate Doctors, Patients’ Choice Award 2011; the 2010 Rotary International District Governor’s Humanitarian Award; appointed a Fellow in the American Osteopathic College of Radiology in 2002; and was included numerous times on the Best Doctor List for Central Ohio and Best Doctors in America.  Dr. Shiels served in the U.S. Army, achieving the rank of Lt. Colonel, and was the consultant to the Surgeon General for Army Radiology.

He will be sorely missed, but his invaluable contributions to the field of Radiology will benefit patients and colleagues far into the future.

“To wake up every day and be allowed to share generously my God given gifts and talents as a healing physician for children around the world is an incredibly humbling and meaningful responsibility.” - William E. Shiels II, D.O.

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