John J. Shea Jr.

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John J. Shea Jr.
Born (1924-09-04)September 4, 1924
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Died February 8, 2015(2015-02-08) (aged 90)
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Notre Dame
Harvard Medical School
Scientific career
Fields Otology
Institutions Shea Ear Clinic
University of Tennessee
University of Mississippi
University of North Carolina
Tulane University

John Joseph Shea Jr. (September 4, 1924 – February 8, 2015) was an American medical doctor, professor and surgeon.[1]

He attended Christian Brothers High School, Memphis, Tennessee, the University of Notre Dame and Harvard Medical School. He performed the first successful reconstructive stapedectomy in May, 1956.[2] The patient was a 54-year-old housewife with conductive hearing loss so severe that she could no longer hear at all, even with a hearing aid. Dr. Shea removed the stapes, covered the oval window opening with a vein graft removed from the back of the patient's hand, and inserted a prosthesis to replace the diseased stapes bone. The patient’s hearing was restored and she heard well for the rest of her life. He has pioneered numerous techniques in the treatment of hearing loss and dizziness, developed many instruments and prostheses to restore hearing, and worked to advance the knowledge and understanding of the treatment of ear disease.[citation needed]

He was a Clinical Professor in the Ear, Nose and Throat Departments of the University of Tennessee, the University of Mississippi, the University of North Carolina and Tulane University.


Shea was married to the former Lynda Lee Mead (Miss America, 1960); the couple had five children.[3] He died on February 8, 2015.[4][5]


  1. ^ Frank Embrick Bass. "Who's who in Tennessee". Retrieved 2015-02-23. 
  2. ^ Glasscock, Michael E., and Aina J. Gulya. Glasscock-Shambaugh Surgery of the Ear. Hamilton, Ontario: BC Decker, 2003; p. 518
  3. ^ White, Stephanie Nerissa (March 31, 2013). "Dr. John Shea Presents his Professional Papers to the Memphis Public Library". The Commercial Appeal. Retrieved May 30, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Renowned Memphis physician dies". February 9, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Celebrating the life of John J. Shea Jr., M.D. | September 4, 1924 to February 8th, 2015". 2015-02-15. Retrieved 2015-02-23. 

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