Paul D. Shirley, MD

Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon | Sports Medicine Specialist

shirleyAffectionately known as “Knee Doc” or “Dr. Paul” by his patients, Dr. Shirley is nationally known for his expertise in Knee Surgery and Sports Medicine.

 Dr. Shirley has specialized in knees for over 30 years, and is able to diagnose knee pain and problems. He has performed over 13,000 knee arthroscopies in his 30 years of treating patients.

He has a passion for orthopedics and how it relates to the quality of life for his patients.



More information about Dr. Shirley

Medical Degree

  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Internship/Orthopedic Surgery Residency

  • University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Resident Fellowship

  • Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA


  • Listed in Jacksonville Magazine, Top Doctors, 2008
  • Listed in the Best Doctors, America Guide Book, 1995
  • Listed Top Doctors, Jacksonville Magazine, 1998
  • Florida Interscholastic Athletic Administrators, Association Honors Recipient, 1989
  • Chosen as One of Five Outstanding Young Men in Jacksonville, Jaycees, 1980



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 state 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.

“I tore my ACL playing soccer a little over a year ago. I was unable to play sports, drive my standard car or even work. I came to Dr. Shirley because I received many recommendations from his former patients. I heard he was the best! Dr. Shirley was very personable and you can tell that he genuinely cares about his patients. Thanks to Dr. Shirley, I am back playing soccer and other sports I missed out on while I was injured.”

-Daniel F.

Shaun Janse van Rensburg, DC

Chiropractic Physician

Expert Chiropractic Medicine encompasses manual manipulations of the spine and extremities to restore proper mobility of the joint. Additionally, manual manipulations focus on proper biomechanics to avoid compensation throughout the body that could lead to pain and injury.



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