BiographyDr. John H. Shin is a neurosurgeon at the MGH who specializes in the treatment of complex spinal disorders. Dr. Shin 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 and advances in spine instrumentation and reconstruction. His clinical and research interests focus only on spine surgery.
Dr. Shin specializes in adult spinal deformity and spinal oncology. He treats conditions including cervical myelopathy, cranio-cervical disorders, chin-on-chest deformity, thoracolumbar deformity, instrumentation failure, spinal revision surgery, lumbar stenosis, and spondylolisthesis. 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's practice is supported by Kristina Shultz, NP and Tricia Jette-Gonthier, NP. Together, they deliver compassionate surgical care with an emphasis on patient education and counseling.
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
Radiosurgery has shifted the paradigm of treating patients by minimizing the morbidity of conventional surgery and, focusing on tumor control.
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.
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.