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Dr. Shim is an Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon, in practice in the Tampa Bay area since 1993.

John H. Shim, M.D.Dr. Shim is an Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon, in practice in the Tampa Bay area since 1993. Dr. Shim’s specialty interests include outpatient neck and back surgery, as well as non-operative solutions to neck and back problems. Treatment options include injection therapies. He is the Current Chief of Surgery at the Mease Hospitals, and the Director of the Mease Dunedin Neuro-Ortho Spine Center.

This website organizes information for the patients of John H. Shim, MD, Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon.   Shim Spine has a purpose of educating our patients about the spine, the causes of spine pain, and potential surgical and non-surgical solutions. Our office is located in Westchase, a suburb of Tampa Bay, Florida.The site has information about the surgical procedures offered by the practice. But, it also has information on non-surgical options such as exercise, and injections.  WE DO NOT accept any advertisements for medical products!

Through Shim Spine, we are attempting to provide the most up to date, and balanced information on Spine problems.  We want to share  information about your spine problems,  not just promote trends or fads. Please explore our Blog’s for information for patients,  with categories including Neck Problems,  Back Problems, and Scientific research.

For patients in need of care,  please take time to seek proper medical advice, as although the web provides excellent information,  there is no substitute for a professional opinion by your trusted physician. Shim Spine is not a substitute for a proper evaluation.

If you live in the Tampa Bay area, or if you are visiting,  we would be honored to evaluate your particular spine or orthopaedic related condition.  Please call our office to make an appointment.  If you have had prior surgeries, or evaluations,  we may ask you to forward the records so we can determine whether you would be an appropriate candidate for evaluation.

This site is entirely funded by John H. Shim, MD.  There are no commercial advertisements of products,  and any mention of medical products is not an endorsement.

Non-Surgical Options for Back Pain

Dr. Shim is a Proud Sponsor of the Arthritis Foundation

2014 Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis

What Our Patients Say:

Doctors appointments are sometimes as painful as the problem, but this one was painless. Being able to set it all up online and then the visit going just as smooth was nice for a change. Dr. Shim and his staff were A+
Michael W.
This was the best decision of my life. I had trouble with my lower back for over 15 years. I tried every therapy you could think of. However, the disks in my lower back were just too far gone. I went to Dr. Shim for injections to ease the pain for a couple of years until finally I told him I needed the surgery. I had my surgery 7 weeks ago and I feel great! I should have done this many years ago. Thank you Dr. Shim (and Jason).
Michael Deemer
I had back-surgery several decades ago, and it was not a pleasant experience. I was thus very reticent about seeing a doctor again, but the pain and discomfort became too intense. I spent quite a bit of time trying to find the most qualified doctor to advise me and finally came upon Dr. Shim. He was not located near my home, but was the only physician that had the experience I was seeking. This may have been the best decision in my life. He and his office staff were great. Dr. Shim took an enormous amount of time explaining what options I could pursue. He was never dictatorial, and was always very clear and patient with his explanations. After several consultations, and attempts to reduce my pain with other methods, I finally elected the surgical path. I had low expectations, but the surgery went smoothly, and the results were immediate. For the first time in years, I can walk without pain, and feel as though I have my life back. It has truly been a positive life-altering experience.
Miles Fulton Pewitt
Very impressed with the professionalism and care of Dr Shim. I am quite pleased that all of the concerns causing me to obtain medical help from Dr Shim have been cured. From the office visits and staff to the hospital and surgery I would rate Dr Shim a 10. I would not hesitate to refer a family member or friend to Dr Shim.
Ed C
First surgery, had know idea what to expect. Everything was explained and completed with great results. Thank you
Michael Moseley
I had excellent results from back surgery. Appointments and surgery were easy to schedule. Dr Shim explained everything and his PA was very knowledgeable. He comes highly recommended by those who work in the OR with him.
Lynda Bedard
I respected that my time was as important as his on my first and every subsequent visit. However I truly appreciated his and Jason's conscientious discussions regarding my symptoms. But best of all, the solution. I am pain free. And the surgery was so well performed that the following two weeks were virtually pain free. Absolutely recommend he and his team.
John Katz
Very knowledgeable doctor. Takes time with patient to explain everything and answers all questions. Office staff is very caring. Great followup after surgery. I would highly recommend him to all of my friends.
June Soales
Dr. Shim is an exceptionally friendly and warm individual, understanding and knowledgeable. His treatment modalities are conservative and were well explained. I feel better knowing where I stand with my issues.
Philip M.