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Patricia D. Shearer, MD, MS, FAAP

Patricia D. Shearer, MD, MS, FAAP founder of Patti's Place: Vital Pediatrics for Complex Kids

Dr. Patricia ("Dr. Patti") Shearer is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the American Association of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She holds board certification in General Pediatrics, Hematology Oncology, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She graduated from LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans as a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. She completed internship and residency in Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.

Her first fellowship, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, was at Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, where she received the American Cancer Society Training Grant. Her second fellowship, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, was at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. There she became motivated to relieve the challenges posed by chronic illness in children on siblings and other family members.

Dr. Patti has held academic appointments at the University of Maryland (Professor and Chief of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology); University of Tennessee; University of Florida; Tulane University; and the Alix School of Medicine at Mayo Clinic. She earned several awards for excellence in teaching as part of her career, largely as a result of her clinical contributions to the care of children.

Through Patti's Place she will offer individualized care to relieve symptoms and suffering, coordinate care with other providers, and offer advanced care planning. She is careful to integrate best medical practices with the aspects of life that are most important to the child and those who care for him. As symbolized by the logo of a child nurturing a growing tree, she is committed to the enhancing the lives of her patients and their families.

Cancer Survivorship: Dr. Patti founded the multi-disciplinary Cancer Survivor Program at the University of Florida. As both a pediatric oncologist and audiologist, she was named a panelist on the US Food and Drug Administration Pediatric Sub-Committee of the Oncology Drug Advisory Committee to review drugs to reduce hearing loss as a late effect of cancer treatment. She also served as Co-Chair of the Auditory Hearing Late Effects Task Force of Children’s Oncology Group and on the State of Florida Survivorship Taskforce Initiative. Currently, she is a member of the Survivorship and Late Effects Working Group of the American Society of Pediatric Hematology /Oncology and the American Academy of Pediatrics.


  • Graduate School: Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, Master of Science in Audiology
  • Medical School: LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana, Doctor of Medicine
  • Internship and Residency in Pediatrics: Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland
  • First Fellowship, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee
  • Second Fellowship, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Pediatric Track: Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia

Board Certification

  • General Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Honors and Awards

  • Member, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  • Co-recipient, Pediatrics Award, LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans
  • Recipient, American Cancer Society Training Grant, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital , Memphis, Tennessee (twice)
  • Teaching Awards: Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota (twice), St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee; Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana; Ochsner Health Systems in New Orleans, Louisiana (twice)
  • Chairman's Award: Ochsner Health System, New Orleans, Louisiana


  • Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
  • American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • Georgia Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

Curriculum Vitae

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Dr. Patti has a love for family, teaching, and travel.