Orthopedic Spine Surgery | Male | 54 years old
Florida Sports Orthopaedic and Spine Medicine
12780 Race Track Rd Ste 200
Tampa, FL 33626
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Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
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.
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.
No malpractice history found for Florida.
Medical malpractice is issued when negligence by a doctor causes injury to a patient. For example, a doctor may improperly diagnose, treat or medicate outside the standard of medical care. The three types of malpractice are: a settlement, an arbitration award, or a judgment.
No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
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Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor’s board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
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Even specialists specialize. One orthopedic surgeon might do nothing but hip surgeries, while another does nothing but knees. If you want the best possible care, it’s critical to match your medical need with the doctor who truly specializes in treating it.
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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.
We will advise you like we would advise our family.
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.