About Me

About Me

About Paul F. Shea, M.D.
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Current Position

Staff Physician, Shea Ear Clinic (2002-present)

Memphis, TN



Department of Surgery

University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences

Memphis, TN, 1995-1997


Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences

Memphis, TN, 1997-2001



Carolina Ear Research Institute

Raleigh, NC, 2001-2002


High School: Avon Old Farms School

Avon, CT, 1981-1984

College: Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN, 1984-1988

Bachelor of Arts (English) 1988

Postgraduate: East Tennessee State University

Johnson City, TN, 1989-1990

Medical School: Tulane University School of Medicine

New Orleans, LA, 1991-1995

Doctor of Medicine 1995

Professional Memberships

American Neurotology Society
American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Tennessee Medical Association
Triological Society
Memphis Medical Society
Prosper Meniere Society

Professional Statement

As a fourth generation Shea to pursue a career as an ear, nose, and throat doctor, Dr. Paul Shea grew up in a culture of medicine and worked alongside his father from a young age. Not only has he continued a remarkable legacy, but Dr. Paul Shea has made significant contributions to his field through research, teaching, and community involvement.

Since he was a young boy, Dr. Paul Shea watched his father operate on the ears of patients suffering from hearing loss, chronic infections, and many other debilitating conditions. It is not an exaggeration to say he literally grew up in an operating room. Twice in grade school he took his entire class on field trips to the Shea clinic. As a teenager, Dr. Paul Shea worked at Applied Research Corporation, a company started by his father that designed specialized drills for use in ear surgery. As an undergraduate at Vanderbilt University, Paul studied pre-med courses as well as English literature. Following this, Dr. Paul Shea did research for Charles Norris, Ph.D. at Tulane University in New Orleans, where he studied the effect of streptomycin on hair cells, the specialized nerve endings in the inner ear. This work proved pivotal as it provided the basis for the intratympanic perfusion procedure that was developed at the Shea clinic in the 1990’s

Dr. Shea graduated from medical school at Tulane University in 1995 and returned to Memphis where he completed a six-year residency at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center consisting of two years of general surgery followed by four years of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. He then completed a fellowship in Neurotology at the Carolina Ear Research Institute in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Dr. Paul Shea's Parents, John J. Shea, Jr. M.D. and Lynda Lee Mead

Dr. Paul Shea’s Parents, John J. Shea, Jr. M.D. and Lynda Lee Mead