John Shinn, MD

John Shinn, MD

Otolaryngologist

4.6 out of 5
282 Patient Ratings
43 Patient Comments

Ear Institute

Professional Education

  • Residency: Stanford Hospital and Clinics (1970) CA
  • Internship: Stanford Medical Center (1966) CA
  • Board Certification: Otolaryngology, American Board of Otolaryngology (1971)
  • Medical Education: University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (1965) NC

Honors & Awards

  • Presidential Citation, The American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery (September 1994)
  • Recipient of award for Outstanding Contribution in Medical Education, Santa Clara County Medical Association (June 1994)

Administrative Appointments

  • Associate Chief, Division of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (2009 - 2012)
  • Chief, Division of Otolaryngology/Head & Neck Surgery, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (1972 - 2009)
  • Clinical Professor, Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery (2012 - Present)
4.7

Friendliness

4.6

Explanations

4.6

Listens

4.6

Includes you in decisions

4.7

Clear Communication

4.6

Confidence in your doctor

4.5

Recommended to others

4.5

Wait times

SHC Patient, Jun 2017

Would have been nice to be asked more about the history of my presenting problem and if I had any other concerns.

SHC Patient, Jun 2017

I had a terrible experience with Dr. Shin. I have had ear problems my whole life and it was very inconvenient for me to attend this appointment. Dr. Shin would not stop talking about potential jaw problems that I likely had that were leading to ear pain. I am confident that this is not the issue. I felt trivialized and that my experiences were not acknowledged or understood. Dr. Shin showed no apparent interest in my well being and made me feel like I wasted his time.

SHC Patient, Jun 2017

Dr. Shin was every nice, tried to explain my condition to me best he could until we can do some test to see what is really going on.

SHC Patient, May 2017

good

SHC Patient, Apr 2017

Dr. Shinn is a thoughtful, gracious and informed physician.

SHC Patient, Apr 2017

Dr. Shinn was very helpful and also very pleasant to work with

SHC Patient, Apr 2017

good

SHC Patient, Apr 2017

appointment was probably about 2 minutes in total and not worth driving all the way down for- I wish he could have just talked to me on the phone. I drove an hour each way for him to tell me that he wants me to get an MRI and come back again after that. seems like that could have been done over the phone rather than in person.

SHC Patient, Apr 2017

Always satisfied with the attentions.

SHC Patient, Mar 2017

While the results of my visit were disappointing, the care provider was thorough and kind.

SHC Patient, Feb 2017

excellent help

SHC Patient, Feb 2017

He was really great- both knowledge and "bedside" manner.

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4.6 out of 5
282 Patient Ratings
43 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, Jun 2017

Would have been nice to be asked more about the history of my presenting problem and if I had any other concerns.

SHC Patient, Jun 2017

I had a terrible experience with Dr. Shin. I have had ear problems my whole life and it was very inconvenient for me to attend this appointment. Dr. Shin would not stop talking about potential jaw problems that I likely had that were leading to ear pain. I am confident that this is not the issue. I felt trivialized and that my experiences were not acknowledged or understood. Dr. Shin showed no apparent interest in my well being and made me feel like I wasted his time.

SHC Patient, Jun 2017

Dr. Shin was every nice, tried to explain my condition to me best he could until we can do some test to see what is really going on.

SHC Patient, May 2017

good

SHC Patient, Apr 2017

Dr. Shinn is a thoughtful, gracious and informed physician.

SHC Patient, Apr 2017

Dr. Shinn was very helpful and also very pleasant to work with

SHC Patient, Apr 2017

good

SHC Patient, Apr 2017

appointment was probably about 2 minutes in total and not worth driving all the way down for- I wish he could have just talked to me on the phone. I drove an hour each way for him to tell me that he wants me to get an MRI and come back again after that. seems like that could have been done over the phone rather than in person.

SHC Patient, Apr 2017

Always satisfied with the attentions.

SHC Patient, Mar 2017

While the results of my visit were disappointing, the care provider was thorough and kind.

SHC Patient, Feb 2017

excellent help

SHC Patient, Feb 2017

He was really great- both knowledge and "bedside" manner.

SHC Patient, Feb 2017

Dr Shinn showed compassion and knowledge. I felt very comfortable discussing the issue and confident that we are on the way to managing the situation.

SHC Patient, Jan 2017

Doctor showed me the problem and I was able to see for my self the eardrum and the "erosion" but I felt he could have be a little more empathetic since this means I could be doomed to a life time of loud ringing with no cure , but he did give me two options.. hearing aid or brain desensitization . That was it, I was told I would have to wait for two weeks for some one to contact me,. and he would see me in 6 months. End of meeting.

SHC Patient, Oct 2016

Dr. Shinn- very good but busy!

SHC Patient, Jul 2016

dr. Lisa Orloff, whom I followed from UCSF to Stanford because of her extraordinarily high level of skill, knowledge, and expertise is simply one of a kind. she does her own thyroid ultrasounds, during which she spitted several nodules MISSED by an East Bay ultrasound tech. She LISTENS to the patient and answers all questions thoroughly. Because of this, she was able to diagnose an asthmatic condition I'd had all my life though it had never been recognized by any dr. I ended up in the ER with a breathing problem but I survived, likely because she had taken the time to explain my problem and given me an inhaler that prevented a worse attack.

SHC Patient, Jul 2016

this physician showed compassion !

SHC Patient, Jul 2016

All experiences VERY good!

SHC Patient, Jun 2016

I will never go to Dr. John Shinn again. The appointment was a waste of my time. He did not listen to what I had to say and every time I tried to explain my symptoms, he basically tried to infer that I did not know what I was saying.

SHC Patient, Jun 2016

Dr. Shinn is knowledgeable but hardly ever spends more than 5 minutes with me and rarely discusses my condition or provides answers to my questions.

SHC Patient, Jun 2016

My experience in general very good and very grateful of your attentions and recommendations.

SHC Patient, May 2016

indifferent and a bit condiscending attitude

SHC Patient, May 2016

I don't feel like the doctor listened. the procedure he asked me to do I have been doing for 8 months and it hasn't helped.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

Care was very good and professional.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Dr. Shinn was very careful to explain that differences in hearing acuity of my right ear vs. left ear and recommended an MRI. MRI didn't find anything related to hearing but did discover a lesion (small tumor) in my cerebellum. I'm having surgery to remove the tumor and would not have discovered it were it not for the MRI. Marvelous karma!

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Dr. Shinn seems to define his area of interest pretty narrowly - I came in for an ear cleaning and we quickly determined that my ears were already quite clean. Over the last several weeks I've had a postnasal drip and some related symptoms however, which I was hoping Dr. Shinn would also investigate and treat - he is, after all, an ENT. However, he seemed relatively uninterested in these, and was quick to refer me to other departments for further investigation. Perhaps he's just the ear-cleaning guy, and doesn't see other ENT issues as useful or important, or perhaps he felt that since I had made the appointment for an ear cleaning, that's what I was entitled to. He was not rude, and seemed generally competent, but just not very invested in my general ENT health.

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

All good.

SHC Patient, Jan 2016

Very Professional.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

Dr. Shinn was very nice and considerate and patient with me. I liked him a lot.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

Both doctors that I saw were terrific.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Got watch - TV - cool.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Dr. Shinn is great. He listens.

SHC Patient, Nov 2015

Provider didn't seem all that concerned about my questions regarding my condition (which has been worsening).

SHC Patient, Oct 2015

DR. Shinn offered no suggestions of treatment such as acupuncture,white noise machine,therapy, he basically told me to live with it,a complete waste of time, old school mentality with not sincere interest in my suffering with tinnitus

SHC Patient, Sep 2015

DR Shinn is very professional, caring and friendly.

SHC Patient, Jul 2015

Dr. made me feel dumb when I could not describe my "dizziness" so he understood. Also made me feel like I was making it up by staying my symptoms didn't notice.

SHC Patient, Jun 2015

Unable to help with my tinnitus problem.

SHC Patient, May 2015

Great service!

SHC Patient, Mar 2015

Was not clear about next appointment. Still waiting on phone call.

SHC Patient, Mar 2015

I am usually fearful of doctors but not this time. They made me very at ease and comfortable.

SHC Patient, Oct 2014

Dr. Shinn was such a wonderful, patient doctor.

SHC Patient, Oct 2014

Doctor Shinn is off the charts a great great doctor.

SHC Patient, Sep 2014

He has the same disability as me. Can't have better empathy & accuracy.