Dr. John H. Shim, MD

Dr. John H. Shim, MD


Orthopedic Spine Surgery | Male | 55 years old

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Dr. Shim Says:

I thank patients who have taken their precious time to fill out the survey.  The feedback is a wonderful way to know that we are meeting the needs of our patients.

Since 2013,  my practice has changed to a more individualized one.  I have strived to deliver a more patient oriented practice,  with short wait times,  almost immediate patient appointments,  and...

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Patient Reviews (8)
in Dunedin Fl |
Dr. Shim and his staff were the best. After my initial visit with doctor Shim I knew I was in the right place for my back surgery. Both he and Cathy were so informative I felt like all my questions had been answered and Dr. Shim's confidence with the procedure left me wishing I had done it long ago. Now it's been two weeks since it was done and I feel a vast improvement and getting better everyday. Thanks doctor Shim Rick Wilkinson
in Hudson, FL |
We met with Dr. Shim on 2/7/ 2017. We were completely satisfied with his clear and concise explanations regarding various procedures to correct a painful left leg condition. He thoroughly explained options to correct issues in the M.R.I. He listened well and explained the corrections using different techniques. He was very knowledgeable with a good sense of humor. After updated M.R.I. testing we will meet him again to determine the operation corrective actions. His staff was very effective.
in Largo, FL |
Dr Shim and his staff engendered trust and a positive professionalism from the first phone conversation. Prior to actually meeting him for my initial consultation Dr. Shim was personally recommended. I never had any reason to feel anxiety or concern thru the entire process. It was comforting to know immediately that Dr. Shim had my best interest as a primary concern. I have already recommended him to several people, and expect to recommend him without hesitation in the future.
in Orlando, FL |
Dr Shim is an excellent Doctor. Very pleasant and understanding. He has wonderful manner and comprehensive knowledge. His office staff is always very polite and helpful.
in Palm Harbor, FL |
Dr. Shim and his assistant, Jason, did an overall excellent job in the diagnosis, the surgery procedure itself, and the communication of information in every aspect of my situation. So far, my results are great and I am very pleased with the outcome. After only 2 weeks recovery, I am looking forward to resuming my normal, daily activities.
in New Port Richey, FL |
Dr. Shim, his assistant Jason Mazza, and the rest of the staff were wonderful. Very courteous, professional, and took the time to explain everything in detail before and after my back surgery. Would recommend Dr. Shim and his staff to anyone.
in Clearwater, FL |
Pleasant, efficient and effective.
in Palm Harbor, FL |
Saw Dr O'Donnell today. Very pleased with his evaluation and recommendations for me.
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Dr. Shim says...

Dr. Shim has been in private practice in the Tampa Bay area since 1993,  and has developed a reputation for thoughtful discussions about the pro's and con's of surgical management of your orthopedic condition.  While his practice is currently focused on spine surgery,  he continues to provide excellent surgical care for outpatient orthopedic conditions as well as the spine.

He has been honored to serve as the Chief of Orthopedic Surgery,  as well as the Chief of Surgery for the Baycare affiliated Mease Hospitals,  located in the Tampa Bay Area.  

Since 2013,  his practice has evolved into a more personalized,  individualized surgical practice model.

If you have surgical questions,  and have concerns about the opinions provided by other doctors,  consider an appointment with Dr. Shim.  While he may not be a participant in your insurance plan, his personalized approach to your surgical situation will be worth the expense.  

Since 2011,  Dr. Shim has been constantly updating his Spine Education Website   www.ShimSpine.com.  Please browse the site to get a glimpse to the effort,  and passion Dr. Shim has for patient education.  

Dr. Shim stands by the philosophy of treating his patients like his family.  

Dr. Shim's Care Philosophy

We will advise you like we would advise our family.

Dr. Shim says...

Having performed over 5000 spine surgery procedures,  Dr. Shim has a varied and long career in orthopedic surgery.   Having said that,  Dr. Shim still says he is getting better with each year. 

With each year,  there are more advances in surgical techniques,  diagnostic improvements,  and treatment adjustments.  In addition,  the experience of time,  and observation of patients helps fine tune the surgical thought process for the next patient.  

After performing surgery since 1993,  it becomes more obvious that there are no such things as routine surgeries.  Each and every patient is an individual,  with individual needs.

To give an example,  the minor location placement of the incision can make a large difference regarding the amount of retraction necessary during surgery.  As a new Surgeon,  the incision is localized to the standard position.  As a more experienced surgeon,  I know the location of the incision,  even a difference of a few millimeters,  can have effects on the surgical exposure,  and the subsequent post operative pain.  Experience of surgery,  as well as experience in care for patients after surgery gives me the opportunity to improve the results for each subsequent surgery.

In the end,  Dr. Shim understands his success rate means nothing if the last patient is not doing well.  That philosophy is what strives Dr. Shim to continually improve his skills,  and continually look for a better outcome.  

Dr. Shim says...

Having trained in the late 1980's and early 1990's,  Dr. Shim has witnessed the tremendous growth of spine related technology,  and surgical options.

Because of that experience,  Dr. Shim can utilize the latest,  to the most predictable techniques to help his patients.  

Today,  most of his surgical procedures are oriented to outpatient,  or short stay surgery.

With his experience,  Dr. Shim will offer the most predictable,  but least invasive,  surgical option for your situation.  

Because of his expertise,  he has written chapters on minimally invasive spinal fusion,  as well as participated in the FDA trials on artificial cervical disk implants.  With this experience,  Dr. Shim can formulate an individual surgical plan for your condition.  

Dr. Shim says...

I thank patients who have taken their precious time to fill out the survey.  The feedback is a wonderful way to know that we are meeting the needs of our patients.

Since 2013,  my practice has changed to a more individualized one.  I have strived to deliver a more patient oriented practice,  with short wait times,  almost immediate patient appointments,  and longer consultation times.  

To achieve that practice style,  I have discontinued relationships with many insurance types.

At the same time,  with fewer patients,  I have concentrated my efforts on providing individualized attention for people in significant pain and concern.

Even though I may not be a provider for your insurance plan,  please consider making an appointment for a second surgical opinion.  Your current Surgeon may be completely correct in the assessment of the situation,  and the planned surgery might be the perfect solution.  My evaluation should give you assurance of the same,  as well as provide a more detailed discussion of the situation.  

My goal is to give patients confidence in their chosen plan.  Thanks for giving us the opportunity to achieve that goal.  

Dr. Shim's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  •  Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

Awards & Recognition

  • Awards & Honors
    • Healthgrades Honor Roll
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  • Media & Publications
    • WWW.Shimspine.com

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  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Back Pain
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Herniated Disc
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Fracture
  • Hand Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Sprain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Spinal Instability
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Trigger Finger
  • Wrist Fracture


  • Medical School
    SUNY Upstate Medical University (Syracuse)

    Graduated in 1987

  • Internship Hospital
    Albert Einstein/ Montefiore Medical Ctr

    Completed in 1988

  • Residency Hospital
    Albert Einstein/ Montefiore Medical Center

    Completed in 1992

  • Fellowship Hospital
    New England Baptist Hospital/Tuft Univ.

    Completed in 1993

  • Undergraduate School
    Massachusetts Institute Of Technology

    Graduated in 1983

Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Orthopedic Sports Medicine
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • Anterior Cervical Microdiscectomy With Fusion
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Cervical Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Disc Replacement
  • Cervical Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Cervical Microdiscectomy
  • Cervical Spine Surgery
  • Complex Spine Surgery
  • Disc Replacement
  • Disc Surgery
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epidural Steroid Injections
  • Facet Joint Injection
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Laminectomy
  • Laminoplasty
  • Laminotomy
  • Lower Spine Surgery
  • Lumbar Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lumbar Laminectomy
  • Lumbar Microdiscectomy
  • Lumbar Spine Surgery
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Microsurgical Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Percutaneous Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Posterior Cervical Laminectomy
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Spinal Discectomy
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Internal Fixation
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstruction
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Surgery
  • Steroid Injection
  • Total Disc Replacement
  • Trigger Point Injection