William Shearer (immunologist)

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William Thomas Shearer (23 August 1937 – 9 October 2018) was an American immunologist who is best known for his treatment of David Vetter (1971–1984), the "boy in the bubble".[1][2][3][4]

He graduated from Washington University School of Medicine, trained at St. Louis Children's Hospital and Barnes Hospital, the medical school's affiliated hospitals, before joining Washington University's faculty. In 1978 he moved from St. Louis to Houston in order to take over David's care. He spent the next 40 years at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital, where he founded the Allergy and Immunology Section of the Department of Pediatrics and served as chief for 34 years until his death.[5]


  1. ^ "Dr William Shearer obituary". Thetimes.co.uk. 10 December 2018. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  2. ^ Sandomir, Richard (18 October 2018). "William Shearer, Doctor ('Like Another Dad') to Boy in Bubble, Dies at 81". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  3. ^ "IDF Statement on the Passing of William T. Shearer, MD, PhD - Immune Deficiency Foundation". Primaryimmune.org. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  4. ^ "The Doctor and the 'Boy in the Bubble' - Opinion by NPR Saturday Weekend Edition host Scott Simon". NPR.org. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  5. ^ Ackerman, Todd (27 February 2019). "William Shearer, doctor to Bubble Boy, dead at 81". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 10 December 2018.