Paul D. Shirley, MD

Paul D. Shirley, MD

Dr. Paul D. Shirley is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and knee procedures. He received his medical degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI.

Dr. Shirley has an extensive history working with athletes as the former Florida Sports Medicine Committee Chairman. He has served as the former medical director of the Olympic Trials and National Junior Olympics, as well as the team physician for the University of North Florida, Jacksonville University and multiple high schools.

Dr. Shirley has been awarded the Jacksonville Top Doctor Award and listed among top physicians in the nation in the Best Doctors of America Guide Book.

Fun fact: Dr. Shirley has performed over 16,000 knee arthroscopies during his medical career.


Doctor of Medicine

University of Michigan 1968 – 1972

(Ann Arbor, Michigan)

Curriculum Vitae


  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital 1976 – 1977 (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • Residency, University of Florida 1973 – 1977 (Gainesville, Florida)
  • Internship, University of Florida 1972 – 1973 (Gainesville, Florida)


  • Medical Doctors License, State of Florida
  • American Board of Orthopedics

Patients That Inspire

“I am a professional mixed martial artist and while training for a fight, I tore a ligament. Dr. Shirley came highly recommended and I felt more than comfortable after the initial consultation. I knew that I was in very good hands. It was a wonderful experience; the staff is amazing. They have a genuine heart and are truly caring and compassionate about what they do. Now I’m back to training at my normal capacity-doing better, actually. We set a national record after my surgery! Things are going well and I’m very happy. Knee surgery is not something anyone wants to go through but if it’s ever needed, I would highly recommend Southeast Orthopedic Specialists.” Maurice S.
“Dr. Paul Shirley is the most outstanding doctor that I have ever seen. I originally came to him for a knee replacement which went very smoothly and came back because of arthritis in my other knee. He continued to treat me as long as he could without surgery, so when it came to the point where he told me this was my best option, I knew it was the right decision to make. Dr. Shirley has such a wonderful bedside manner and a sincere and friendly attitude. I recommend him to anyone in need of arthritic care or surgery.” Sara R.