Richard Joseph Shearer, MD
I speak: English, Spanish
My gender: Male
Where I practice
Welcome to my Web page. I am happy to have this opportunity to introduce myself to you and tell you about my practice. I feel very fortunate to work at Kaiser Permanente because of my wonderful colleagues and members, who have been my best teachers over the years. I look forward to working with you to care for your child's health.
I was raised in Owatonna, a small farm town in southern Minnesota. I spent my junior year of high school in Recife, Brazil, as an exchange student. While there, I met my mentor, who was a medical student at night and my chemistry teacher during the day. He inspired me to want to enter medicine as a profession. I graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School and came west to California over 30 years ago, so I now feel like a native, but with a slight Minnesota accent.
About my practice
I have been with Kaiser Permanente for nearly 30 years now. Practicing initially at the South Bay Medical Center as a pediatrician and specialist in blood disorders, I transferred to the West Los Angeles Medical Center in 2006 to help care for children and young adults with sickle cell disease and other blood disorders. I have a great team of nurses and they all help to see that our members are seen and treated with respect and in a timely manner.
How I thrive
While work can be demanding, I try to balance it with time for relaxation. I enjoy traveling, reading, and spending time with my wife and daughter. I am struggling with my lifetime desire to play the five-string banjo, and practice is a way for me to relax and forget about stress. I also enjoy cooking and hiking in the mountains when time permits.