About John Shin, MD

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John H. Shin, MD is a board certified attending neurosurgeon at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at the Harvard Medical School. He is the Director of Spine Oncology and Spinal Deformity Surgery, Director of the Neurosurgery Spine Network, and Co-Director of the Mass General Brigham Neurosurgery Complex Spine Fellowship. Dr. Shin specializes in complex spinal reconstruction surgery and is an internationally recognized leader in spine surgery. He treats the full spectrum of complex spinal disorders and has particular expertise in the treatment of cervical and lumbar spine deformities and spine tumor surgery (chordoma, metastatic cancer). He trained in neurosurgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago and completed a combined neurosurgery and orthopedic spine surgery fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. He has developed clinical and research programs in spinal deformity and spine oncology, introducing novel surgical techniques, fostering multi-disciplinary collaborations, and developing regional spine surgery programs at network affiliates. In 2021, Dr. Shin launched the augmented reality spine surgery program at the MGH, the first in the region and in New England. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Shin oversees research endeavors in the Spine Hub for Innovation and Neuro-Informatics, bringing together experts in data science, artificial intelligence, biomechanical engineering, laboratory investigation, clinical trials, and spine outcomes research. Dr. Shin has been recognized by the Harvard Medical School and MGH for mentoring and clinical excellence, with nominations for the Brian A. McGovern MD Award for Clinical Excellence and the Harvard Program Award for Culture of Excellence in Mentoring. His mentored trainees have pursued post-graduate spine training at prestigious institutions including the Cleveland Clinic, Barrow Neurological Institute, and the MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Shin serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Neurosurgery Spine, Neurosurgery, and Spine. He is frequently invited to train surgeons around the world and has directed spine courses for the North American Spine Society, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, AO Spine, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, and the AANS/CNS Spine Section. He currently serves on the Executive and Scientific Planning Committees and is Co-Chair of the Media Committee of the AANS/CNS Spine Section.

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Mass General Neurosurgery
55 Fruit St.
Wang Ambulatory Care Center
Suite 745
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-726-5252
Fax: 617-643-4680

Medical Education

  • MD, Chicago Medical School
  • Residency, University of Illinois College of Medicine
  • Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic Foundation

American Board Certifications

  • Neurosurgery, American Board of Neurological Surgery

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