Eric D. Shirley, MD


Primary Office

Nemours Children's Health, Pensacola Nemours Children's Health, Pensacola 8331 N. Davis Highway Pensacola, FL 32514 Appointment: (850) 505-4700

Other Offices

Get to Know Me

I grew up in Maryland, staying busy with sports and working on a farm. I’m fellowship-trained in pediatric orthopedics and board-certified in orthopedic sports medicine. I also received extensive training in spine deformity at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Why I Treat Children

My family is filled with teachers, principals and a school nurse, so I always thought I would decide on something similar. In college, I volunteered with kids and discovered that I could communicate very easily with them. It’s one reason I chose a pediatric specialty. I enjoy interacting with my patients and helping them achieve their goals.

What I'm Passionate About

I grew up participating in sports, including college wrestling. Today, I enjoy helping kids with sports injuries get back to their sport. I’m team physician for schools and a gymnastics club. I have a special interest in children with spinal deformity, developmental hip dysplasia, skeletal dysplasias and neuromuscular disorders like cerebral palsy.

How I Try to Make A Difference

I understand the stressful impact that orthopedic conditions can have on patients and families. So I make every effort to listen, get to know families, and educate patients and families about conditions and injuries. This process allows us to work together to make the best medical decisions.

Education & Training


  • Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 2006


  • General Surgery - Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2001


  • Orthopedic Surgery - Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2005

Medical/Dental School

  • MD - Dartmouth Medical School, 1999

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery/Sports Medicine

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna Better Health FL Medicaid and Healthy Kids
  • Alabama Medicaid/Patient First
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield HMO
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield Non HMO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Florida Blue Select
  • Cigna & Great West HMO/POS Open Access
  • Cigna & Great West PPO/EPO
  • Community Care Plan Medicaid
  • Employers Health Network PPO
  • Evolutions Healthcare
  • First Health Aetna PPO/EPO
  • Florida Medicaid
  • Florida Medicare
  • HealthSmart Health Plans PPO
  • Humana HMO/POS
  • Humana PPO/EPO
  • Molina Healthcare Medicaid
  • Multiplan PPO
  • Seminole Tribe of Florida
  • Simply Healthcare Healthy Kids
  • Simply Healthcare Medicaid HMO
  • Star Healthcare Network
  • Sunshine SMI/CMS 19 & 21
  • Sunshine State Health Plan Medicaid
  • Three Rivers Provider Network
  • Tricare/Humana Military Health Services
  • Truli For Health Pensacola Florida
  • United Healthcare Commercial Products
  • United Healthcare Community Plan Medicaid

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Clubfoot
  • Foot and Ankle Conditions
  • Fracture Management
  • Hand and Upper Extremities
  • Hip Conditions
  • Knee Conditions
  • Scoliosis
  • Skeletal Dysplasia
  • Spinal Deformities
  • Sports Medicine

Research Activities

  • Pediatric knee injuries
  • Spinal deformities in skeletal dysplasias
  • Pediatric trauma
  • Professional development
  • Orthopedics in the developing world
  • Pediatric research sports medicine database

Medical Interests

  • Developmental hip dysplasia
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Pediatric and adolescent sports medicine
  • Pediatric fractures
  • Scoliosis and spinal deformity

  • Shirley, E. D., Maguire, K. J., Mantica, A. L., & Kruse, R. W. (2020). Alternatives to Traditional Cast Immobilization in Pediatric Patients. The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 28(1), e20-e27. doi:10.5435/JAAOS-D-18-00152

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  • Peng, F. B., Burrows, J. F., Shirley, E. D., & Rosen, P. (2018). Unlocking the Doors to Patient Satisfaction in Pediatric Orthopaedics. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, 38(8), 398-402. doi:10.1097/BPO.0000000000000837

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  • Shirley, E. D., Gheorghe, R., Neal, K. M., Kiebzak, G., & Frick, S. L. (2018). The Educational Opportunities Provided by a Pediatric Orthopedic Urgent Case Review Conference: Keep Score to Provide a Better Experience. Journal of Surgical Education, 75(4), 901-906. doi:10.1016/j.jsurg.2017.10.012

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  • Neal, K. M., Shirley, E. D., & Kiebzak, G. M. (2018). Maturity Indicators and Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis. Spine, 43(7), E406-E412. doi:10.1097/BRS.0000000000002483

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  • Shirley, E. D., Mai, V., Neal, K. M., & Kiebzak, G. M. (2018). Wound closure expectations after fasciotomy for paediatric compartment syndrome. Journal of Children's Orthopaedics, 12(1), 9-14. doi:10.1302/1863-2548.12.170102

  • Shirley, E. D., Balsamo, L., & Demaio, M. (2017). Teaching professional development to orthopaedic residents. Military Medicine, 182(5), e1799-e1802. doi:10.7205/MILMED-D-16-00342

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  • Iobst, C. A., Stillwagon, M., Ryan, D., Shirley, E., & Frick, S. L. (2017). Assessing Quality and Safety in Pediatric Supracondylar Humerus Fracture Care. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, 37(5), e303-e307. doi:10.1097/BPO.0000000000000992

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  • Shirley, E. D., & Sanders, J. O. (2016). Measuring quality of care with patient satisfaction scores. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery - American Volume, 98(19), e83. doi:10.2106/JBJS.15.01216

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  • Shirley, E. D., Sabharwal, S., Schwend, R. M., Cabral, C., & Spiegel, D. (2016). Addressing the Global Disparities in the Delivery of Pediatric Orthopaedic Services: Opportunities for COUR and POSNA. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, 36(1), 89-95. doi:10.1097/BPO.0000000000000400

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  • Shirley, E. D., Mohamed, A. S., & Neal, K. (2015). Influence of back pain on patient satisfaction scores. Southern Medical Journal, 108(6), 377-380. doi:10.14423/SMJ.0000000000000291

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  • Bejarano, C., Fuzzell, L., Clay, C., Leonard, S., Shirley, E., & Wysocki, T. (2015). Shared decision making in pediatrics: A pilot and feasibility project. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology, 3(1), 25-36. doi:10.1037/cpp0000086

  • Shirley, E., Anderson, M., Neal, K., & Mazur, J. (2015). Screw fixation of lateral condyle fractures: Results of treatment. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, 35(8), 821-824. Opgehaal van

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  • Shirley, E., Bejarano, C., Clay, C., Fuzzell, L., Leonard, S., & Wysocki, T. (2015). Helping families make difficult choices: Creation and implementation of a decision aid for neuromuscular scoliosis surgery. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, 35(8), 831-837. Opgehaal van

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