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Dear Patient,


Effective, February 1, 2021, I will be retiring from the practice of Orthopaedic Spine Surgery.  My office will remain open through the end of January for follow up appointments.  Provided, is information on continuing your care with the following Physicians:


Joseph Jamaris M.D.


10705 Charter Drive, Suite 430

Columbia, Maryland 21044



Dr. Jamaris will have access to your medical records.


Mark Matsunaga, M.D.

Pain Management

Spinal Injections

8894 Stanford Blvd, Suite 104

Columbia, Maryland 21045



On behalf of myself and the staff, it has been my pleasure to serve as your Physician and Surgeon for the last thirty years.


God Bless You,


Lawrence Shin, M.D.

Minimally Invasive Lumbar Spine Surgery

Anterior Lumbar Fusion

      Lumbar Microdiscectomy

Patient Testimonials

pain relief

Spine Pain Specialist

Back & neck pain patients are provided with pain relief treatments using the latest surgical techniques and technology. Dr. Shin is often sought for consultation on complex surgeries and second opinions for surgery & revisions.

Fellowship Trained

Graduate of Harvard Medical School, served his Residency at UCLA, and Fellowship trained under Edward Simmons, MD. Dr.Shin is a surgical instructor to spine surgeons world wide.

Patient Forms

Patient forms are made fast and accessible through this website. Simply fill out the form using your computer or mobile device, then print the form and bring it with you to your appointment.

Convenient Location

Our new office is in Columbia, Maryland, located on the campus of Howard County General Hospital, and a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine. Dr. Shin is no longer with MedStar.

Fellowship Trained Spine Surgeon


Lawrence Shin is a Fellowship trained spine surgeon serving the Greater Howard and Baltimore County region. He recently relocated from MedStar Harbor Hospital to Howard County General Hospital and St. Agnes located in Columbia Maryland. Dr. Shin performs both minimally invasive spine surgery and also complex reconstructive surgery of the spine. Dr. Shin comprehensively evaluates each patient and non-operative treatment is aggressively pursued before surgery is recommended. Under Dr. Shin’s care, his patients are directed to a select team of physical therapists, chiropractors, rehabilitation doctors, pain relief and management specialists, anesthesiologists, neurologists, and neurosurgeons. Whether performing minimally invasive outpatient surgery, or extensive reconstruction of the spine, surgery is tailored to each patient’s activity level, health status, and expectations. Dr. Shin provides tertiary care, and many of his patients are referred to him by other physicians and spine surgeons.  Many of the physicians and Chiropractors in the area have come to Dr. Shin for treatment and/or effective pain relief options.
Lawrence Shin, M.D.

Care Philosophy:

When I am entrusted to provide care for my patients, it is an intimate experience. My patients share personal details regarding how their spine limits their relationships, they open up about their doubts and fears, and they express their hopes and expectations about restoring their life. Each story is unique, and the many options for treatment are chosen based on each person’s situation.

If a patient chooses to have an operation, then an additional office appointment is made with the patient and family a few days before surgery to answer all questions in detail. The family is engaged in order for them to learn how they be most helpful. If hospitalization is required, then we provide a private hospital room with an extra bed for a family member to stay overnight. I visit with each patient once or twice a day while in the hospital, and all of my patients have access to my cell phone. It is an honor to share my patients’ path towards recovery.

Conditions We Treat

Adolescent Scoliosis
Adult Scoliosis (degenerative)
Ankylosing Spondylitis
Arthritis Cauda Equina Syndrome
Chiari Malformation
Degenerative Disc Disease
Facet Joint Syndrome
Herniated Disc

Lateral Recess/Foraminal Stenosis
Muscle Spasms
Pain Relief
Piriformis Syndrome
Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

Vertebral Fracture/Dislocation

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