Dr. William S. Shear was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Arlington, Virginia. He completed a year-long exchange in Germany through the US Congress/German Bundestag program and then attended Johns Hopkins University before going to medical school at the University of Arizona. He completed Internal Medicine residency followed by fellowship training in Gastroenterology & Hepatology at the University of Virginia where he met Dr Jeffrey Cloud. As a fellow, Dr Shear engaged in basic science research in addition to his clinical training.
He has received grant support through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and NIH. He has authored peer-reviewed publications in his field, presented his research at specialty conferences, and is a patent holder. He is co-founder of a medical device company in the endoscopy space. Following fellowship, in 2013, Dr Shear and his wife moved to Wyoming where he worked as a GI Hospitalist at Wyoming Medical Center. In 2016, he resigned his position at Wyoming Medical Center to move closer to his wife Claire's family and start a family of their own. After practicing in Amarillo Texas for the previous 4 years, they are thrilled at the opportunity to be back in Wyoming.
Dr Shear is board certified in Internal medicine and Gastroenterology & Hepatology. His practice encompasses the full spectrum of general gastroenterology and liver disease. He strives to provide excellent, evidence-based care and carefully tracks his adherence to quality metrics. He is proud of his adenoma detection rate of greater than 50% and total adenoma detection marking him as an expert endoscopist.
While in medical school Dr Shear was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, a chronic autoimmune inflammatory condition of the GI tract. This diagnosis has shaped his life and practice but not defined it: "As a GI patient myself with chronic disease, I understand what a lot of my patients are walking through. We each are coming from our own place. I want to help you understand your diagnosis, and proposed treatment plan. In my experience patients who are well informed and partnered in their care do the best. As your GI physician, my simple promise is that I will endeavor to provide the absolute best care that I can. This same promise extends to my medical colleagues who entrust Digestive Care Specialists to their patients' GI care."
Dr Shear is thankful for his faith, his beautiful wife and their precious little boy and girl. He is excited to get back to the mountains of Wyoming and serve the great people here.