2021 Excellence in Healthcare Honoree: Harry Shufflebarger
Meet Harry Shufflebarger, Spine Surgeon at Paley Orthopedic and Spine Institute
Harry Shufflebarger trained at Emory and practiced at Nicklaus Children’s in Miami for 30 years. He relocated to Jupiter and now fortunate to work at Paley.
Favorite Quote: Experience makes good judgment, bad judgment makes experience.
Fun Fact: I am a blue water angling expert.
What challenges have you faced in your career, and how did you overcome them? The biggest was medical school. I was only 19 when I started and had a hard time understanding anatomy, so I dropped out. The Dean convinced me to come back, as Emory had so much invested in me in the selection process.
What has been the most monumental moment of your career thus far? Being the recipient of the Scoliosis Research Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award, an award bestowed by my peers.
How is the healthcare industry important to you personally? It provides the incentive to innovate and provide excellent patient care.
How did the pandemic disrupt your specific role in the healthcare industry, and how did you adapt? Not a lot, except no elective surgery for a couple of months.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten? From my uncle Frank Sinkwich, Heisman Trophy winner in 1940: “Be a doctor.”
What do you love most about working in healthcare? The kids I take care of.