Anthony L. Pearson-Shaver, M.D., MHSA, FAAP, FCCM

Chair, Division of Pediatrics

Anthony L. Pearson-Shaver, MD, MHSA, FAAP, FCCM

Bio-sketch 2020

 

Following graduation from Wesleyan University with a degree in music I attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine. During my pediatric internship and residency at Akron Children’s Hospital, I became interested in acute care medicine. However, any thought of fellowship would need to wait until I completed an obligation to the US Public Health Service. I served as a commissioned officer in the Public Health Service’s National Health Service Corps stationed in Chattanooga, TN. After I completed my active duty obligation, I trained as a Pediatric Critical Care Fellow at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

 

After fellowship, I spent the next 26 years at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. During my tenure at MCG, I served as Medical Director of the Pediatric Transport Team, Medical Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Chief of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, and the Clinical Service Chief of Pediatric Medicine. Given my increasing administrative responsibilities, I completed a Master of Health Services Administration at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA.

 

I retired from the Medical College of Georgia to become the Thomas B. and Doris E. Black Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the Mercer University School of Medicine and the Medical Director of the Children’s Hospital Navicent Health in Macon Georgia. Early in my career, I wanted to live and practice in Florida. When the opportunity to join HCA as a Pediatric Residency Program Director at Palms West Hospital became available, I made the move to South Florida where my focus is program building, curriculum development, and teaching.

 

Music has always been an important part of my life. A pianist and physician colleague I worked with as a sideman during college gave me some advice that I took to heart, “Go to medical school while you have the chance. Practice and play on the side…the music will always be with you.” I still practice (not as much as I should) and play when I get the chance.