Your Neighborhood Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon

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


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, including injection therapies. He is the Current Chief of Surgery at the Mease Hospitals, and the Director of the Mease Dunedin Neuro-Ortho Spine Center.  While he concentrates on spinal surgery,  he also performs outpatient orthopaedic procedures on his patients.

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.

Through Shim Spine, we are try 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 the blogs on the site, as well as the hyperlinks  to Spinal Animations, and for general questions about spine surgery.

For many,  they have had recommendations for aggressive management.  If you have concerns,  consider us for a Spine Surgery Second Opinion.  While Dr. Shim may not participate in your insurance,  the cost of a second opinion may be worth the peace of mind.   Many surgeons are skilled operators,  but their practice style does not give them the opportunity to take time to explain  and identify  the goals of the surgery,  and the potential predicted outcome.   Contact us to see if a Spine Surgery Second Opinion might benefit you.

What our patients say

  • I had excellent results from back surgery. Appointments and surgery were easy to schedule. Dr Shim explained everything and his PA was very knowledgable. He comes highly recommended by those who work in the OR with him.

    Lynda Bedard,

  • 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,

  • 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,

  • First surgery, had know idea what to expect. Everything was explained and completed with great results. Thank you

    Michael Moseley,