Paul C. Sharkey

1969, Boston

Dr. Sharkey was born in Washington, D.C. on May 10, 1924. He lived in several Northeastern cities where his father was a hospital administrator. His family moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1936. During World War II he was a pilot in the United States Air Force and flew B-17s.

Dr. Sharkey attended the Arizona State University after his discharge from service and he graduated with high distinction in 1949. He then attended the Baylor University College of Medicine and received his M.D. degree from that institution. He interned at the Hamot Hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania and served his residency in neurological surgery at the Baylor system in Houston. He was at the National Hospital for Nervous Disease at Queen's Square, London in 1959. Dr. Sharkey returned to Houston as an assistant professor of neurological surgery at Baylor and later he was promoted to associate professor. He continued his work at Baylor on a half-time basis and began his oven private practice. He became secretary-treasurer of the Houston Neurological Society from 1960 to 1963 and was president in 1965.

Dr. Sharkey became quite active in the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and was president at the 1969 meeting in Boston. His presidential address was memorable in that it stressed close family ties and responsibilities. Dr. Sharkey became very interested in rehabilitation and helped build an outstanding spinal injury center at the Texas Institute for Research and Rehabilitation. He assisted in the development of a phrenic pacemaker. He became very active in restorative neurology working with European and American contributors. His work in this program resulted in new diagnostic techniques and useful management techniques, particularly in the areas of movement disorders and treatment of pain. He contributed a number of papers, chapters, articles, and book reviews and has been co-editor of several books.

Dr. Sharkey married Katherine Redick in 1952 and they have two daughters, Kimberly and Sandra, and two sons, Paul and Steven. The Sharkeys also have two grandsons. Dr. Sharkey and Katherine have been active members of the Grace Lutheran Church in Houston. He has served on the Church Council and has been vice president of the congregation. Dr. Sharkey's interests include travel, hunting, fishing, working on the family farm, sports, and reading natural and Civil War history.