Shires Elected President, Local Chapter of American College of Surgeons|
Shires, who holds the John P. Thompson Chair of Surgical Services at Texas Health Dallas, was elected by members of the North Texas chapter during the group’s annual scientific meeting in Dallas. Chapter members include the region’s top general, thoracic, oncology, urological, pediatric and trauma surgeons.
The chapter serves the northern half of Texas, extending from south of Waco to the Red River.
“We’re delighted Dr. Shires has received such an honor. He’s truly deserving of the accolades,” said Mark H. Merrill, president of Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas. “He’s shown great skills as a surgeon and as a medical staff leader here at Texas Health Dallas, along with setting the highest of ethical standards for clinicians throughout the hospital.”
The surgery program and related clinical services at Texas Health Dallas have grown to national prominence during Shires’ tenure. Once described as one of the nation’s leading pancreatic cancer experts by a top U.S. newspaper, Shires is credited with helping Texas Health Dallas recently achieve a Top 50 ranking in digestives diseases by U.S. News and World Report.
“It’s an honor to be recognized by my peers, but this is really a reflection of the fine medical staff we have at Texas Health Dallas and the wonderful things we’ve been able to achieve in the treatment of complex medical conditions,” Shires said. “We’ve been able to show that through collaboration among various specialties, which is at the heart of the medical staff’s approach to problem-solving, we can find better ways to care for our patients.”
During his tenure as chairman of surgical services, Texas Health Dallas has also been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Top 50 hospitals in orthopedics, and neurology and neurosurgery. In 2007, the hospital was designated a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society of Bariatric Surgery, one of the highest national distinctions for weight-loss surgery programs.
A native of Dallas, Shires attended the University of Texas at Austin before receiving his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine. He completed his surgical residency training at Emory University in Atlanta and a post-doctoral research fellowship at Cornell University Medical College.
Shires held academic and clinical positions at Emory University and Cornell University before returning to Dallas in 1990 to UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, where he served as chairman of Gastrointestinal and Endocrine Surgery, director of the Surgery Residency Program, and chief of Surgical Services at Zale-Lipshy University Hospital.
Shires joined Texas Health Dallas in 1997 as chairman of Surgical Services and was named the John P. Thompson Chair for Surgical Services in 2003. He is the director of Surgical Residency Training at Texas Health Dallas, which is an integrated program with Baylor University Medical Center.
Shires is the author of more than 75 peer-reviewed publications and has been the chairman of the Advisory Council for the Presbyterian Institute for Minimally Invasive Technology at Texas Health Dallas. This facility is playing a key role in spreading new technology into the medical community.
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