About Us

Personalized Spine Care & Surgery

At ShimSpine, we offer a personalized experience when it comes to the evaluation and treatment of spine related problems. Our approach redefines customer service and integrity in medicine. Unlike most traditional physician practices, patients are able to spend quality time with the physician to discuss their spine related problems, without having to rush and without having to spend time sitting idle in a waiting room. This affords the patient the opportunity to develop a better relationship with the physician. In this relaxed environment, Dr. John Shim is able to gain a clear understanding of the problem and offer the patient education regarding their condition(s) and recommendations for further testing and treatment, utilizing an evidenced based approach. At ShimSpine, treatment options are based on proven procedures that have a high degree of predictability and successful outcomes and are not limited by health insurance carrier’s guidelines or policies.

With rising health insurance deductibles and out of pocket maximums, seeing the right provider is crucial. Despite many technological advances in the treatment of spinal disorders, unfortunately there exists a great deal of hype with some procedures with limited science to back them. As a consumer looking for cost effective, safe, and proven healthcare solutions, it is important not to be swayed by fancy advertising and marketing.

Benefits of SHIMSPINE:

  • Ease of making an appointment. No authorization or referrals are necessary. Most patients can be seen within 48 hours of making an appointment.
  • Essentially no wait. Once your appointment is made, new patient forms are emailed to you to complete ahead of time to maximize your time with the physician. Office staff is available to help you complete this if necessary. Your time is spent discussing your specific spinal concerns and getting answers instead of spending copious amounts of time completing forms and sitting in a waiting room.
  • Dedicated support staff with over 40 years of collective experience to assist the physician with facilitating office visits, education, and treatment.
  • Quality time spent with the physician. In most cases, we schedule up to one hour of time for you to spend face to face with the physician to discuss your concerns and allow the physician to gain a better understanding of your spinal problem. This allows for a better patient-physician relationship.
  • Enhanced access to get questions answered in-between office visits.
  • Timely follow-up to discuss test and/or lab results.
  • Unbiased 2nd surgical opinions. Practicing since 1993, Dr. Shim has developed a recognized experience as an orthopaedic spine surgeon. He is able to help provide the patient with a clear picture of whether surgery is even recommended and what the proven surgical options are.
  • No disclosure of your office notes, tests or medical records to any outside entities. Insurance companies create risk profiles based on medical conditions, test results, and personal lifestyles. Future insurance offerings and premiums utilize these risk based assessments. At ShimSpine, your care remains private and confidential thereby eliminating these future concerns.
  • Expanded options for treatment of certain conditions without being limited by insurance carrier’s treatment guidelines. Some beneficial treatments are not covered by specific insurance plans, yet may provide the patient with a cost effective solution to their problem. At ShimSpine, treatment options are not dictated by an insurance company!
  • Maintain better control of your personal healthcare costs. In the current environment of healthcare deductibles of well over $3000 per person, appropriate early consultation may limit how much you spend on medical care by eliminating unnecessary tests, therapies, medications, and even surgery. While some of these treatments may be warranted, we have negotiated special rates with various outside imaging centers and other providers to make the cost of care more affordable.
  • Any healthcare benefits you have can be used to cover the costs associated with diagnostic testing, various treatments, and if needed, costs associated with outpatient surgery.
  • Should spine surgery be necessary, we offer minimally invasive outpatient surgery for most procedures that has a proven track record of high patient satisfaction and successful clinical outcomes.
  • True personalized and customer service oriented experience unlike most other spine practices.

Mission Statement

ShimSpine is the premier specialty spine and orthopaedic practice that is dedicated to providing the highest level of customer service and individualized care for every patient we treat.

ShimSpine is about providing a personalized experience for patients with orthopaedic and spinal disorders in an efficient, yet relaxed office atmosphere, that focuses on providing up to date patient education, expert treatment recommendations and second opinions. At ShimSpine, medical decisions are based on solid scientific evidence that is not influenced by marketing hype.

Shimspine.com was created to serve as the gateway to our practice and as an education resource for those patients, providers, and the medicolegal community seeking high quality, up to date, unbiased information related to spine and orthopaedic care.

Personalized spine care and surgery.
Patient focused care.
Patient focused outcomes.

Disclosure Statement

The information provided on this website does not provide or should be considered medical advice. It is not a substitute for diagnosis or treatment of any condition. The information provided is for informational purposes only. You should not rely solely on the information provided on this website in making a decision to pursue a specific treatment or advice. You should consult directly with a professional healthcare provider.

As a condition of using the information on this website, ShimSpine and its physicians are not responsible for any advice, diagnosis, treatment or outcome you may obtain.

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Author and Contributor to www.Spine-Health.com – July, 2015

www.Spine-Health.com/author/john-h-shim-md-facs

Chief of Surgery, Mease Countryside and Mease Dunedin Hospitals, Safety Harbor and Dunedin, Florida. 2014-2016.

Orthopaedic Section Chief Mease Countryside Hospital; Safety Harbor, Florida Mease Dunedin Hospital; Dunedin, Florida.2008-2013

Board Member Morton Plant Mease Research Council

Co-Director of Mease Neuro-Ortho Spine Center Mease Dunedin Hospital; Dunedin, Florida.

One of “6 Spine Physicians Ranked #1 on Google” – December 2016

Top Ten Most Liked Spine Surgeons on the Internet – July 2016

2016 Spine Surgeons to Know list – January 2016

2014 Spine Specialists to know list – September 2014

One of Ten Leaders of Certified Spine Programs – December 2011

 

The Best Orthopedics in Tampa

The information provided on this website does not provide or should be considered medical advice. It is not a substitute for diagnosis or treatment of any condition. The information provided is for informational purposes only. You should not rely solely on the information provided on this website in making a decision to pursue a specific treatment or advice. You should consult directly with a professional healthcare provider.

As a condition of using the information on this website, ShimSpine and its physicians are not responsible for any advice, diagnosis, treatment or outcome you may obtain.

ShimSpine.com is completely self-funded. No outside funds are accepted or used. This website does not utilize paid advertising as a source of revenue.
Outpatient Spine Surgery Considerations. www.Spine-Health.com. January 2016.

What is Spinal Stenosis? www.Spine-Health.com. October 2015.

Surgeon insights on the Changing Landscape of Orthopedic Care. OrthopedicToday. June 2014

Chapter 33: Interspinous Spacers. Shim JH, Mazza JS, Kim DH Published in Minimally Invasive Percutaneous Spinal Techniques. Elsevier Health Sciences, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Published 2011)

Chapter 35: Minimally Invasive Percutaneous Lumbar Fusion Technique.Shim JH, Mazza JS, Kim DH Published in Minimally Invasive Percutaneous Spinal Techniques. Elsevier Health Sciences, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Published 2011)

March 2010 Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting New Orleans, Louisiana February 2010

February 2010 A Review of Dynamic Stabilization in the Lumbar Spine Selby Spine Symposium; Park City, Utah

November 2009 Lumbar Spinal Stenosis Community Based Lecture; Tampa, Florida

September 2009 Instructor/Proctor Minimally Invasive Lumbar Cadaver Lab; Tampa, Florida

February 2009 New Spinal Technology: Cervical Disc Replacement and Interspinous Spacers. Selby Spine Symposium; Park City, Utah

February 2008 The Degenerative Spine: The Role of Dynamic Lumbar Stablization and Interspinous Spacers Selby Spine Symposium; Park City, Utah

October 2008 Emerging Technology and Techniques in Spinal Surgery Orthopaedics in the 21st Century Symposium; Morton Plant Mease Healthcare; Largo, Florida

September 2007 Emerging Technology in Spinal Surgery Orthopaedics in the 21st Century Symposium; Morton Plant Mease Healthcare; Largo, Florida

October 2006 Emerging Technology and Techniques in Spinal Surgery Orthopaedics in the 21st Century Symposium; Morton Plant Mease Healthcare; Largo, Florida

May 2005 The Role of Kyphoplasty in the Treatment of Vertebral Compression Fractures Mease Neurosciences Symposium; Clearwater, Florida
Please note all articles, blogs and Q&A’s on this site are general information and are not to be used as medical advice for individuals. No specific diagnosis or treatment should be made based on this information. Only a physician can provide you with advice specific to your situation. Please followup with your physician if you would like to discuss your individual condition.

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