Dr. Philip Shields, MD


Neurosurgery | Male

Christus St Vincent Neuro Assoc 465 Saint Michaels Dr Ste 107 Santa Fe, NM 87505 Get Directions
Dr. Philip Shields, MD
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. Dr. Shields is affiliated with CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center.

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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
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  •  Specializes in Neurosurgery
  •  Board certified in Neurosurgery
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  • Neurosurgery

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
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • 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
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • 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
  • Stroke
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease


  • Medical School
    University Of Ca School Of Med

    Graduated in 1985

  • Residency Hospital
    University Ca San Diego Med Center
    University Of Pittsburgh Med Center

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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  • Neurosurgery

Procedures Performed

  • 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