Dr. James R. Shire has combined a life long interest in the arts with a career in medicine in his practice of facial plastic surgery. At Ohio State University he held a double major of Fine Arts and microbiology while completing his requirements for medical school
After receiving his Doctor of Medicine degree from Medical College of Ohio, he completed an internship in general surgery and a residency program in Otolaryngology and Maxillofacial Surgery at The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.
Dr. Shire was selected for a Fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Tulane University in New Orleans. While there he was appointed Clinical Instructor in Facial Plastic Surgery.
Dr. Shire is Board Certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, The American Board of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgeons, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
For eight years Dr, Shire was in a private Facial Cosmetic Surgery practice in Boca Raton, Florida. He was also on the teaching faculty at the University of Miami Hospitals.
Dr. Shire was then appointed Director of Facial Plastic Surgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center in New York, where he had an academic and private practice.
In an effort for an improved lifestyle in addition to searching for a community to raise a family in, Dr. Shire relocated to Chattanooga Tennessee. He has quickly become the premier facial cosmetic surgeon in the area, and still enjoys a large following of out of state patients who seek out his unparalleled artistry, expertise and customer service.
Dr. Shire has been voted the best Plastic Surgeon in the Chattanooga area for the last six years and is listed in Best Doctors in America.
Dr. Shire maintains his interest in fine arts by painting, sculpting and sketching. He has published papers in professional journals and written many chapters for books on facial plastic surgery. Dr. Shire’s national reputation keeps him in demand for lectures, personal appearances, and private consultations.
Awards / Achievements
Eagle Scout – 1968
Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity, Vice President – 1972
Merck Award – Medical College of Ohio – 1981
American Academy of Anesthesiology Preceptor Award – 1980
Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity, Founder & First President, Beta Psi Chapter – 1979
Chattanooga Times-Free Press “Best of the Best” readers voted Best Plastic Surgeon in Chattanooga – 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, & 2018
Best Doctor in America – 2012, 2013, 2014
Who’s Who in Medicine
Castle Connolly: Best Doctors in America, 1999-present
Consumers’ Research Council of America – America’s Top Surgeons, 2005-present