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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Neurosurgical Associates
15 Parkman Street
Boston, MA 02114-3117
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
  • Neurosurgery, American Board of Neurological Surgery

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  • View my most recent publications at PubMed

    Publications: https://connects.catalyst.harvard.edu/Profiles/display/Person/102649

    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, 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