Douglas Shearer

Douglas Shearer

Douglas Shearer MD, PhD

Chief of Pathology
COM-Biomedical Sciences, COM-Faculty
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Dr. Shearer obtained his Bachelor of Science degree (Biology) from Syracuse University, his Ph.D. in Chemistry (Analytical, Inorganic) from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where he studied the kinetics of iron compounds in reactions with nitric oxide and nitrous acid in the laboratories of Dr. John G. Mason. He went on to hold, also at VPI and SU, a postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratories of Dr. Hans Joachim Ache (Radio- and Nuclear Chemistry) where he studied positron chemistry and its application to biological compounds. This was followed by a research position in the immunology laboratory of Dr. Gerhard Schurig of the VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine where Dr. Shearer worked on the application of ELISA/enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay to the early diagnosis of Brucella abortus in dairy livestock. He next worked for Hercules, Inc. at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant in Radford, Virginia, where he led a research group analyzing various explosives and their composition. This position led to the publication of more than 25 research papers, all of which are still classified and not in the public domain. Following this research stint, he went on to obtain his M.D. from St. George’s University School of Medicine, where he taught biochemistry to medical students and was a peer counselor to medical students and local Grenadians. This was followed by an Internal Medicine internship at State University of New York at Buffalo. Afterwards, he pursued a combined Anatomical and Clinical Pathology residency at the University of Rochester/Strong Memorial Hospital. Post residency training included a fellowship in Forensic Pathology at Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office in Rochester, New York where he performed the majority of child abuse autopsy cases. His further fellowship training includes a Surgical Pathology fellowship at the University of Vermont and a Cytopathology/Cytology fellowship at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. 

Dr. Shearer belongs to various professional organizations. His main research interests are molecular pathology, environmental pathology and surgical pathology. His teaching interests center around the teaching of pathology to medical students and its clinical relevance in various disease states with emphasis on the clinicopathologic correlation of disease entities. 

Dr. Shearer joined PNWU as an inaugural faculty member in July of 2008. Dr. Shearer is a United States Army Vietnam Veteran.