Editors

  • John H. Shim, M.D, M.B.A., F.A.C.S. (Principal Author)
  • Catherine Nicholson, R.N.
  • Jason S. Mazza, M.Sc., OA-C, CSA, SA-C, CCRC

John H. Shim, M.D.

Dr. John Shim - Orthopedic SurgeonJohn H. Shim, M.D. is a Board Certified, Fellowship trained Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon. He completed his undergraduate education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and medical school at the State University of New York (S.U.N.Y) in Syracuse. Dr. Shim completed his orthopaedic residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine In New York and advanced studies in spine surgery at New England Baptist Hospital and Tufts University School of Medicine.
For over 23 years, Dr. Shim has been in private practice specializing in degenerative spine surgery. Previously, he has served as the Chief of Orthopaedics and Chief of Surgery for several different hospitals. Dr. Shim has also served as the Chairman for the Mease-Dunedin Neuro-Ortho Spine Center, and is a current member of the Morton Plant Mease Ethics Committee.

In addition to his leadership experience, Dr. Shim has served as an investigator for a number of research projects, holds a teaching appointment, and has been an active contributing author having published several chapters in a spine textbook, for web-based spine educational organizations, and through the development of his own online educational websites.

Through his daily encounters with patients who are seeking surgical opinions, it became apparent that spine patients are often provided with information and recommendations that either lack a scientific basis or are confusing to the patients. He felt there was a void in quality resources for spine patients and providers that is free of commercial bias and maintains the most up to date information.

The ShimSpine website was developed to provide transparency in the dissemination of information regarding the medical treatment of spinal disorders. The website represents his practice as an orthopaedic spine surgeon and provides up to date information for patients, providers, and the medico-legal community.

Dr. Shim serves as the practice owner and principal author for the website. He truly can say “he has nothing to disclose” other than ownership of his practice and websites.

Catherine Nicholson, R.N.

Catherine Nicholson, R.N., is a graduate of St. Martha’s School of Nursing, in association with St. Francis Xavier University, in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. She went into Critical Care nursing within 3 years, specializing in surgical patients.

She moved to Florida in 1994, accepting a position in the Neurosurgical ICU at Mease Dunedin Hospital. After several years, she joined Neurosurgery Associates in Dunedin, FL and turned her focus to the operating room and practice management. Over the next 12 years, she started Coastal Neurosurgery & Spine. She assisted in all aspects of brain and spine surgery, including management of practices in both Tampa and Dunedin. She was one of the major contributors in making Mease Dunedin Hospital a Nationally Certified Spine Center. She was an associate member of American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) and the North American Spine Society (NASS) and had ongoing training in both medicine and administration. She developed and administrated the International Spine Program for BayCare Health Systems.

Catherine is presently the Surgical Coordinator for ShimSpine with John Shim, M.D. She assists with practice and website development along with promoting personalized medicine and overseeing the Shimspine medical tourism program for both U.S. and International patients. She continues to assist in the operating room and is a frequent blogger for the practice. Her goal is to have every patient go into surgery with knowledge, trust and confidence in their diagnosis, surgeon and treatment.

Jason S. Mazza

Jason S. Mazza, is a graduate of the University of Alabama School of Public Health where he received his Master of Science degree (M.S.P.H) in addition to receiving his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree from Emory University. Mr. Mazza holds Board certification through the National Board Certification of Orthopaedic Physician’s Assistants (NBCOPA) and dual certifications as a Certified Surgical Assistant (SA-C, CSA) through the American Board of Surgical Assistants and National Surgical Assistant Association. He is a fellow member of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) and the Association of Surgical Assistants (ASA). Mr. Mazza has held numerous leadership positions having served as the President of the American Society of Orthopaedic Physician’s Assistants (ASOPA) and has previously held a position on the North American Spine Society (NASS) Section on Allied Health Committee. He has served as a contributing author for allied health for Orthopedics Today and remains an active medical content and blog writer. Mr. Mazza has held an academic appointment as an assistant professor with the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences.

Mr. Mazza has over 21 years of experience in clinical, surgical, and research aspects of spine care including direct patient care, medical writing, clinical research, online program development and serves as a surgical first assistant specializing in degenerative spinal conditions in working with John H. Shim, M.D.

His focus is on providing patients with unbiased and high quality information to allow them to better understand their condition and make more informed decisions. He serves as the Director of Orthopaedic & Spine Care for ShimSpine.

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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
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