2011 Big Shot of the Year - Dr. James Shira

  • Children’s Choice Awards from The Children’s Hospital
  • James E. Strain Community Service and Lifetime Achievement, American Academy of Pediatrics – CO Chapter
  • Board of Directors, Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition
  • Board of Directors, Colorado Children’s Campaign
  • Board of Directors, Inner City Health Center of Denver

Dr. James E. Shira has distinguished himself in the area of pediatric medicine, having dedicated more than three decades to providing excellent Family-Centered Care in service to Colorado’s children and their families at The Children’s Hospital, Denver. Dr. Shira currently serves as Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at The Children’s Hospital, Denver and teaches and practices as a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Pediatric of University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Dr. Shira has provided leadership in a host of organizations, receiving a myriad awards throughout his illustrious career. He has been the recipient of the James E. Strain, Minnie CT Love, the Gary Way Teaching and Career Teaching Scholar Awards from the Department of Pediatrics.

In the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Dr. Shira served as Vice President and the President of the Colorado Chapter, and Vice Chair of District VIII. Other AAP activities included serving on and chairing the Chapter Forum Committee and Meade Johnson Awards Committees and the Committee on Hospital Care. He also served as Academy Liaison to the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations. Over the years, he has participated as a faculty member in 11 Annual and Spring Meetings and over 35 local and national AAP CME courses.

A graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine, Dr. Shira completed his Pediatric Residency at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center and his Allergy/Immunology Fellowship at the University of Kansas. During his subsequent 20 years in the US Army Medical Corps, he was assigned to Tripler, Fitzsimons and Walter Reed Army Medical Centers, serving as Chief of Pediatrics in the latter two institutions.