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Care Team

The International Center for Spine Surgery is privileged to have a dedicated, highly trained staff of spine care professionals. Board-certified spine surgeon Dr. John Shim and our expert nurse navigators will guide you through the entire treatment process, from your initial testing to your postoperative rehabilitation.

This innovative spine surgery program was created by Canadian nurses who saw a need for a convenient, streamlined spine treatment program designed specifically for international patients who may not be able to get timely treatment in their country of residence. With this program, international patients can now get relief from their back or neck pain while recuperating in beautiful Dunedin, Florida.

Meet the Surgeon:

Dr. John H. Shim is a Spine Surgery Fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who has been in practice in the Tampa Bay area since 1993. Currently, he is the Chief of Surgery at Mease Dunedin Hospital and Mease Countryside Hospital and has been integral in the development of the International Center for Spine Surgery.

Dr. Shim attended college at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and received an MD degree from the Upstate Medical University located in Syracuse, New York. He completed a General Surgery Internship and Orthopedic Surgery Residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. He also spent a year at the New England Baptist Hospital and Tufts University Spine Surgery Fellowship program before starting his practice.

Meet the Nurses:

Catherine Nicholson, RN - The Program Coordinator for the International Center for Spine Surgery, Cathie Nicholson was born on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, and received her nursing education in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. She moved to Florida with her family in 1994 to work in Critical Care at Mease Dunedin Hospital. For the last 10 years, she has specialized in spine surgery, managing a practice and working as a First Assist in the operating room. Cathie is responsible for the implementation and day-to-day operation of the Florida International Center for Spine Surgery. She is a strong patient advocate and will oversee your care from your first call to your last post-op visit.

Kelly Cullen, MBA/HCM, BSN, RN
- Kelly Cullen is Director of Patient Care Services at Mease Dunedin Hospital and was born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. After graduating from St. Francis Xavier University in 1991, she relocated to Florida and started her nursing career. With more than 22 years of nursing experience, Kelly has been instrumental in helping to develop the prestigious spine program at Mease Dunedin Hospital.

To learn more about our talented care team, the treatment program at the International Center for Spine Surgery, or our various packages, please call (888) 487-9754. We proudly serve patients from the Greater Toronto area and all other areas of Canada.