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About Eric D. Shirley, MD

Eric D. Shirley, MD graduated summa cum laude from Washington & Lee University and with honors from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. He completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and a fellowship in pediatric orthopaedics at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.  He served 5 years in the United States Navy, practicing pediatric orthopaedics and young adult sports medicine. He later practiced in Jacksonville, FL before coming to the Atlanta area.


Dr. Shirley is board certified in orthopaedic surgery and has a subspecialty certificate in orthopaedic sports medicine. His clinical practice focuses on sports medicine, spinal deformity, fractures, developmental hip dysplasia, and skeletal dysplasias. He has served as the team physician for multiple high schools and gymnastics programs. He also was a member of the medical board for the National Football League Project 17 Athletic Trainer Program. His interest in sports medicine began with participation in soccer through high school and wrestling through college.


On the national level, Dr. Shirley is a Deputy Editor of the educational website Orthobullets.com, teaches the pediatric section of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ review course each year, and is a consultant reviewer for the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. He is also an active member of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) and Scoliosis Research Society and serves on the Sports Medicine Quality, Spine Surgery Quality, and Growing Spine committees. In 2015, he completed a POSNA travelling fellowship to Brazil, Argentina, and Colombia. His research interests include shared decision-making, patient education, and outcomes for the treatment of spinal disorders and sports medicine problems.


Dr. Shirley grew up in Maryland and remains an avid fan of University of Maryland basketball. He enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, and Labrador retriever. He stays active with exercise and plays in an adult soccer league. He also enjoys reading biographies and listening to podcasts. Finally, he has an interest in international health care and has travelled to 15 countries in Africa, Central America, and South America to provide orthopaedic care.



Journal Articles 

  1. Peng, F, Shirley ED, Rosen P. Unlocking the doors to patient satisfaction in pediatric orthopaedics. J Pediatr Orthop; in press. 
  2. Shirley ED, Sanders JO. Measuring quality of care with patient satisfaction scores.  J Bone Joint Surg Am 2016, in press. 
  3. Shirley E, Josephson G, Sanders J. Fundamentals of patient satisfaction measurement. Physician Leadership Journal2016; 3(1)12-17.
  4. Shirley ED, Sabharwal S, Schwend RM, Cabral C, Spiegel D.  Addressing the Global Disparities in the Delivery of Pediatric Orthopaedic Services: Opportunities for COUR and POSNA.  J Pediatr Orthop 2016; 36(1): 89-95. 


  1. Shirley ED, Ain MC.   In Malloy S, Hughes K (eds):  Brenner's OnlineEncyclopedia of Genetics 2e.  Philadelphia: Elsevier, 2016.
  2. Shirley ED, Bryskin R. Anesthesia and pain management.  In Martus J (ed).  Orthopaedic Knowledge Update- Pediatrics.  Rosemont, IL: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; in press.


  1. Neal K, Shirley ED, Kiebzak G. Skeletal maturity assessment for idiopathic scoliosis: comparing the Sanders maturity scale with the Risser staging.  American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference.  San Francisco, CA.  10/22/16
  2. Shirley E. Lower Extremity Fractures. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Board Review Course.  Chicago, IL.  4/5/16.
  3. Shirley E. Pediatric Foot Conditions. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Board Review Course.  Chicago, IL.  4/5/16.
  4. Shirley E. Orthopaedic Diseases and Skeletal Dysplasias. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Board Review Course.  Chicago, IL.  4/5/16.


Eric D. Shirley, MD



MD with Honors, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Hanover, NH


BS – Biology, summa cum laude,  Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA




Pediatric Orthopaedics with emphasis on spinal deformity and sports medicine,  Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA



Orthopaedic Surgery, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD



Medical License - Georgia

Medical License - Florida

Board-Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Subspecialty Certificate in Sports Medicine



American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

American Orthopaedic Association

Arthroscopy Association of North America

Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America

Scoliosis Research Society



POSNA/SLAOTI South America Travelling Fellowship

Top Doctors, Jacksonville Magazine

Louise House Award for outstanding clinical poster

Naval Achievement Medal

Johns Hopkins Orthopaedic Surgery Resident Research Award

Alpha Omega Alpha

Phi Beta Kappa



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