Dr. Shear is a general neurosurgeon with an interest in spine disorders and an assistant professor in the department of neurosurgery at Yale School of Medicine. He has practiced in Fairfield County, Connecticut for 28 years. Previously, he has served as Chief of the Division of Neurosurgery at Bridgeport Hospital for six years. There, he also served as a member of the Bridgeport Hospital Medical Executive Committee and received the Humanism Award.
As a clinician, Dr. Shear prides himself on his ability to listen and communicate with his patients. This is critical to making an accurate diagnosis in order to discuss the best treatment options. He is mindful of the anxiety that his patients are experiencing when they present to a neurosurgeon with diseases of the brain or spinal cord. It is important to him to connect and empathize with the patient when discussing a diagnosis and treatment plan. When treating patients with spine disorders, he always tries to maximize non-surgical options before considering surgical treatment.
Dr. Shear chose to leave private practice neurosurgery and join an academic environment at Yale School of Medicine, in order to further expand his own knowledge base and provide better neurosurgical care. At the same time, it will allow him to collaborate with his new neurosurgical colleagues, who are involved in new, innovative and state of the art neurosurgical treatments. His patients, in Fairfield County will now have more direct access to the Department of Neurosurgery at Yale School of Medicine.
Dr. Shear is certified as a specialist in Neurological Surgery by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Board of Neurological Surgeons. After obtaining his medical degree at the University of Toronto, he underwent his residency training at the University of Ottawa in Canada.
Dr. Shear practices in Fairfield County with offices in Trumbull, CT and Stamford, CT.