Centers & Specialties

Cancer Center

Clinical Interests
  • Scoliosis
  • Cervical myelopathy
  • Spine tumors
  • Metastatic spine tumors
  • Cervical deformity
  • Thoracic spinal disorders
  • Spine radiosurgery
  • Minimally invasive spine surgery
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spinal cord compression
Medical Education
  • MD, Chicago Medical School
  • Residency, University of Illinois College of Medicine
  • Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Board Certifications
  • Neurosurgery
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Connecticut
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO

Note: This provider may accept more insurance plans than shown; please call the practice to find out if your plan is accepted.

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Dr. John H. Shin is a board certified neurosurgeon at the MGH who specializes in the treatment of complex spinal disorders. He is a fellowship-trained spine surgeon, having completed a combined orthopedic and neurosurgery spine surgery fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. He also completed fellowship training in stereotactic spine radiosurgery for spine tumors. Dr. Shin operates using modern techniques in spine instrumentation and reconstruction. His clinical and research interests focus on improving patient outcomes following spine surgery. 

Dr. Shin specializes in adult spinal deformity and spinal oncology. He treats conditions including cervical myelopathy, scoliosis, cranio-cervical disorders, chin-on-chest deformity, thoracolumbar deformity, instrumentation failure, spinal revision surgery, lumbar stenosis, and spondylolisthesis. He performs a wide range of surgeries including spinal fusions and motion-preserving artificial disc replacement. He also treats the full range of cancers and tumors that affect the spine, primary and metastatic. He leads the multidisciplinary metastatic spine tumor  and stereotactic spine radiosurgery program with Dr. Kevin Oh of Radiation Oncology. This team-based effort provides patients with comprehensive and innovative approaches to treating challenging tumors of the spine. With this approach, Dr. Shin and his team are leading clinical trials and studies focused on improving outcomes for patients with metastatic cancer.

Dr. Shin is also a sideline neuro trauma consultant for the National Football League and is an expert in the surgical management of traumatic spinal column injuries.

Dr. Shin's practice is supported by Kristina Shultz, NP, a nationally recognized thought leader in spine surgery care.  Together, they deliver compassionate surgical care with an emphasis on patient education and counseling.

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Research & Publications

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Shin JH, Benzel EC: Vertebral Metastases: Ventral and Dorsal Approach versus Lateral Extracavitary Transpedicular, in Jandial, Garfin, Ames, Deviren (eds): Best Evidence for Spine Surgery: 20 Cardinal Cases, 2012

Shin JH, Angelov L: Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Spinal Metastases, in Benzel EC (ed): Spine Surgery: Techniques, Complications, and Avoidance Management, 3rd edition, 2012

Shin JH, Chao ST, Angelov L: Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Spinal Metastases: Update on Treatment Strategies. J Neurosurg Sci (55)3:197-209, 2011

Refai D, Shin JH, Iannotti C, Benzel EC: Dorsal Approaches to Intradural Extramedullary Tumors of the Craniovertebral Junction. J Craniovert Jun Spine 1(1):49-54, 2010

Shin JH, Kalfas IH, Benzel EC, Steinmetz MP: Image Guidance in Fixation of the Craniovertebral Junction, in Dickman CA, Spetzler RF, Sonntag VKH, Bambikidis N(eds): Surgery of the Craniovertebral Junction, 2nd edition, 2012

Shin JH, Steinmetz MP, Benzel EC, Krishnaney AA: Dorsal versus Ventral Surgery for Cervical OPLL: Considerations for Approach Selection and Review of Surgical Outcomes. Neurosurg Focus 30(3)E8, 2011

Shin JH, Krishnaney AA: Idiopathic Ventral Spinal Cord Herniation: A Rare Presentation of Tethered Cord. Neurosurg Focus 29(1):E10, 2010

Shin JH, Hoh DJ, Kalfas IH: Iliac Screw Fixation using Computer-Assisted CT Image Guidance: Technical Note. Neurosurgery, 2012

Lubelski D, Abdullah KG, Steinmetz MP, Benzel EC, Mroz TE, Shin JH: Lateral Extracavitary, Costotransversectomy, and Transthoracic Thoracotomy Approaches to the Thoracic Spine: Review of Techniques and Complications, J Spinal Disord, 2012

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News & Events

  • Surgical Management of Degenerative Cervical Spine Disorders

    This educational video highlights the various surgical approaches to the cervical spine. Common signs and symptoms of cervical spinal cord and nerve root compression are also discussed.

  • Spinal Metastases & Stereotactic Radiosurgery

    Radiosurgery has shifted the paradigm of treating patients by minimizing the morbidity of conventional surgery and, focusing on tumor control.

  • NeuroBlast e-Newsletter December 2013

    In this issue: spinal metastases & stereotactic radiosurgery; skull base tumors & endoscopic surgery; pediatric epilepsy dietary therapy; Alzheimer Disease: tau pathology; drug & gene discovery; early treatment; preclinical diagnostic tools.


Neurosurgical Associates
15 Parkman Street
Boston, MA 02114-3117
Phone: 617-726-5252
Fax: 617-643-4680

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