Born in Calgary, Alberta, and raised in Buffalo, NY, Dr. Paul Shin graduated with honors from Cornell University with an A.B. in Economics. He then pursued his medical degree at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. During this time, he developed a passion for the process of scientific inquiry, eventually obtaining a Ph.D. in the History of Science and Medicine at Yale University. There, his dissertation examined the discovery and dissemination of surgical anesthesia in the mid-19th century – one of the crowning achievements of modern medicine.
Dr. Shin completed his general surgery residency at New York Presbyterian – Weill Cornell, during which time he completed a 2-year post-doctoral research fellow in translational and clinical outcomes research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. There, Dr. Shin’s work continued to reflect his strong interest in gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary malignancies, as well as his unique training in the history of science and medicine.
His research portfolio included risk stratification using next generation high throughput genomic sequencing in hepatopancreatobiliary malignancies; quantitative and ethnographic study of surgical decision-making; as well as mixed methods approaches to investigating patient understandings of their cancer diagnosis and cancer treatments. His work has been featured in high impact journals such as Annals of Surgery, Hepatology, and Clinical Cancer Research, as well as at national and international conferences.