Dr. Philip Shields, MD

Dr. Philip Shields, MD

Neurosurgery  |  
Male  |  
Age 65
Insurances AcceptedSave
Dr. Philip Shields, MD is a neurosurgery doctor who practices in Santa Fe, NM. He is 65 years old and has been practicing for 32 years.

465 Saint Michaels Dr Ste 107

Santa Fe, NM 87505

Contact Information

(505) 988-3233

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • MultiPlan
  • Presbyterian Health Plan

*Please verify this information when scheduling an appointment.

Learn about Dr. Shields

Be confident in your decisions by checking out your provider's top areas of care, education, patient reviews and more. Learn about finding the right doctor for you

Top Care Areas


See how frequently Dr. Shields performs your care needs compared to other doctors.

very high
more than 98% of peers
Degenerative Disc Disease
very high
more than 98% of peers
Intervertebral Disc Disease
very high
more than 97% of peers

Dr. Shields's percentages are based on the rate of treatment compared to peers nationwide from insurance data. Learn more info about our data and this Top Care Areas component.

We're trying something new with Top Care Areas.Was it helpful for you?YesNo



  • Neurosurgery

Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Neurological Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Aneurysm
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertebral Column Tumors


Read More


  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Brain Surgery
  • Carotid Ultrasound
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Pituitary Gland Tumor Excision
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for New Mexico.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University Of Ca School Of Med
    Medical School | Graduated 1985
  • University Ca San Diego Med Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • University Of Pittsburgh Med Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Shields has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

Dr. Shields does not have any memberships or affiliations listed. If you are Dr. Shields and would like to add memberships or affiliations, please update your profile.

Dr. Shields' Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Shields to family and friends
based on 23 total reviews (8 with comments)
Dr. Shields' Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (8)
Santa Fe, NM |
Dr. Shields referred to my pituitary tumor as being 2.5mm. It is 9.4mm. He dismissed my headaches, hormonal abnormalities and a prior bleeding event saying that nothing is done for such a tumor until it is much larger and causes symptoms. (It is growing and has caused symptoms.) His eyes were severely blood-shot around the lids and whites of the eyes (may be nothing but it worried me). He put me down for a two-year follow-up. I will go elsewhere for help.
in Los Alamos, NM |
He performed back surgery on me & came out worse. When I expressed the concern that Iwas in pain, he didn't seem to take me seriously. Then he had a contrast MRI ordered & all he could say was "hm, it might be, maybe it's this" & then he went back to the original MRI. Said the only thing for the pain was a spinal stimulator to mask the pain - fusions are usually done 1st but too much scar tissue. Said we could get 2nd opinion so off to Mayo. Fusion successful there -
in Taos Ski Valley, NM |
I had spinal surgery and Dr. Shields level of anger expressed with me when I questioned some of his recommendations was entirely unprofessional. Afterwards, his follow up was inconsistent, and while doing an in-office procedure, the friend that was with me witnessed his hands shaking violently the entire time. I will not trust him with my body again.
Santa Fe, NM |
This guy ruined my boyfriends life. He scared him into back surgery by saying he wouldnt be able function. Well, it is ten years later and he is much worse off after surgery... still. We should have sued. Really.
in Santa Fe, NM |
Run from this man. He wanted to do a brain biopsy which is said to be NOT done. Luckily I escaped St Victims and went to UT Southwestern. Perhaps he doesn't read the MRI that clearly showed the glioma. I real like I was taken for a ride for an extra 2 nights....
in Los Alamos, NM |
Friendly and professional; did not rush the surgery date; tried other procedures to avoid surgery; eventually I needed surgery and he did an excellent job. recovery was short and 18 months later I still feel great. I'm back to all my normal activities; including martial arts.
in Santa Fe |
Terrible! Doc missed something when he performed the surgery. Husband got blood clots which then meant he couldn't get second surgery recommended by Shields. Doc would not return calls for weeks and once in office the wait was more than two hours. Ended up at Mayo clinic to resolve what this Doc caused and didn't have time to follow up. He said he was busy taking care of his counterparts patients while they were put on medical leave. Seriously, don't go to this guy unless you want more probs
He did a micro diskectomy on me almost a year ago. Did a great job and although recovery wasn't the easiest I saw a noticeable difference immediately. He was always very knowledgable and helpful through the before and after stages and would definitely go back to him
Have you seen Dr. Philip Shields, MD?
Are you Dr. Shields?
Make it easy for patients to share their feedback. Also manage your personalized profile!

Visit Dr. Shields

Now Accepting New Patients
Dr. Shields accepts 7 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • Presbyterian Health Plan

*Please verify this information when scheduling an appointment.

Hospitals where Dr. Shields has admitting privileges

CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center
455 St. Michaels Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87505
View Hospital Profile

View other doctors with similar experience to find the right doctor for you.