About Paul R. Shin, M.D.
Paul R. Shin, M.D., earned his undergraduate degree with distinction in biology and his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA. Before starting his residency he completed a 1 year internship in general surgery with the Emory University Hospitals and Clinics, Atlanta, GA. He continued on to complete his residency in urology at the University of Virginia before heading to the Cleveland Clinic Foundation’s Glickman Urological Institute to complete his fellowship in male infertility.
Dr. Shin was an Executive Board Member for the Society for the Study of Male Reproduction (SSMR) from 2011 to 2013 and Program Chair for the 2012 SSMR meeting. He served on the Strategic Planning Committee for the American Society of Andrology meeting in 2014. Dr. Shin has served on the Urology Care Foundation’s Reproductive and Sexual Health Committee since 2014, and is currently a Society for Male Reproduction and Urology (SMRU) Board Member (Member-at-Large). He has been a member of the Continuing Medical Education Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine since 2014. Dr. Shin is board certified in urology and joined the practice in 2015.
- Residency: Urology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
- Fellowship: Male Infertility, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Glickman Urological Institute, Cleveland, OH
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
- Washingtonian‘s Top Doctors List (2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017-2019)
- Co-authored Best Urology Video “Robotic Assisted Vasovasotomy (RAVV): A Pilot Study,” American Society for Reproductive Medicine (2003)
- American Society for Reproductive Medicine Traveling Fellowship Award (2001)
- American Society for Reproductive Medicine
- American Society of Andrology
- American Urological Association
- Sexual Medicine Society of North America
- Society for Male Reproduction and Urology
- Society for the Study of Male Reproduction
“My husband and I started treatment with a well-known fertility center in VA. I got pregnant and miscarried but then tried twice more with no success. My insurance only allowed 3 tries. The following year we got new insurance and wanted to try again. We decided to make an appointment with the one Dr. Shin went to. He called me and spoke with me immediately, suggesting a better alternative of retrieving my husband’s sperm and my egg at same time and doing a fresh transfer instead of a frozen one. It worked! I got pregnant with twins. He has helped us so much in the 13 years we have known him. I’m happy he is doing what he loves in fertility. But now I’m stuck trying to find a doctor in my area that compares to him. There are none.”
“My visit with Dr. Shin at the SGF DC office far exceeded my expectations. He came out to the waiting area to get me right at my appointment time. We spoke in his office at length about my fertility concerns. He answered all of my questions in great detail and took time to go over everything (to include diagrams and graphs that he drew). His straightforward and honest approach was so refreshing as he grasped my personal situation. I left the office feeling a lot more confident about what was possible and am grateful to have seen Dr. Shin. He was one of, if the not the most, professional and personable doctor I have ever seen.”
“Dr. Shin was very knowledgeable as well as extremely supportive and accommodating – everything anyone could hope for in a doctor.”
“I made an appointment with Dr. Shin at the referral of a urologist who recommended him for his expertise in a specialized male infertility procedure. He was one of the most, if not the most, professional and personable doctors I have ever visited in my life. He took time to answer all of my questions in great detail (to include diagrams and printouts that he let me take home) and I left the office feeling relieved that there were multiple possibilities and options for me and my partner. During the visit, it was clear that he is a leading authority in the field of reproductive medicine and infertility. His straightforward, honest counsel was also extremely refreshing for me personally. I highly recommend Dr. Shin and look forward to his care in the future.”
“Dr. Shin was amazing today. After our last urologist experience I was nervous but was put at ease immediately after meeting him. He was kind, easy to talk to, and did not rush us out of the office. He took the time to explain every single detail and made sure we had all of the right information to make the best decision. Dr. Shin is wonderful!”
“Everything went as scheduled and Dr. Shin did an exceptional job of taking the time to explain things to me in detail and answer my questions. It’s very nice to be able to have that kind of encounter and not feel like you’re being rushed out for the next patient.”
“Dr. Shin was hands down one of the best doctors I’ve ever had the pleasure of dealing with. My appointment was on time and I really felt like Dr. Shin took lots of time to explain all the issues and address all my concerns, and he did so with excellent bedside manner.”
Q & A
Q: Why did you become a urologist?
A: As a third year medical student at the University of Virginia, my first exposure to urology was a clinical rotation. I found an excellent mentor in Dr. William Steers. Urology seemed like an ideal mix of surgery, longitudinal patient care, and lifestyle. During my residency, I was attracted to the subspecialty of infertility and microsurgery. The surgical challenge of operating under a microscope was something I found myself suited for. Most of all, seeing the emotional impact of my intervention as we helped infertile couples attain their dreams was incredibly powerful.
Q: What do you find most inspiring about being a male fertility specialist?
A: A common condition I diagnose and treat is called azoospermia, or the lack of any sperm in the ejaculate. I vividly remember several patients where I walked them through the entire process, from diagnosis, to planning, to treatment, and ultimately to pregnancy. The emotional rollercoaster ride and the ultimate payoff of our team efforts to defy the odds and start their families is what I enjoy most.
Q: Why did you want to join Shady Grove Fertility?
A: The collaborative spirit at SGF is incredible. Everyone has an element of pride in their work that separates us from other places. Hopefully, the skill and care I can offer to our male patients will further enhance our abilities to help couples build their families.
Q: Who inspires you?
A: I draw a lot of personal strength and peace from my family. I don’t have a particular celebrity or athlete whom I look up to. Rather, I am inspired to come to work each day by my colleagues at Shady Grove Fertility. The uncompromising drive to do the best for each couple trying to build their family is at the central core of what we do, and every day I am professionally rejuvenated. Ironically, this focus on each patient has been the driving force behind our success and growth yet remains as the central pillar of our practice philosophy. This collaborative environment makes it very easy to go to work in the morning.
Q: What are your hobbies and why do you enjoy them?
A: My family and I love the outdoors. Whether it is skiing powder out west, rock climbing, or camping, we like to get out and enjoy being outside. We are also fairly serious age-group triathletes participating in a number of triathlons, road races, and long-distance bicycle races each year as part of our triathlon team. So, “date night” is an 80 mile bike ride on a Sunday morning. That being said, I also immensely enjoy cooking, food, and wine. I love hosting and feeding friends.
Q: What is something about you that would surprise most people?
A: I spent part of my childhood living in Nigeria. The first time I lived there, in 1982, I caught typhoid fever.
Q: How would you describe your personality?
A: Multifaceted and inquisitive. I enjoy meeting a variety of people and finding connections with them. The diversity of our lives makes every story unique and it is fascinating to me to learn about the fabric of a couple’s relationship as we help them through this very difficult time.
Q: What’s on your bucket list?
A: Helicopter skiing in the Canadian Rockies, visiting Korea (I was born and raised in the U.S.), finishing an Ironman distance triathlon, and learning how to bake the perfect baguette.
Q: What is your approach to helping patients who are struggling?
A: I try to insert myself into their situation and understand their fears and concerns. Sometimes the fears that patients have about infertility and its associated treatment extend beyond simply getting pregnant. Questions like, “Will we go broke doing a fertility treatment?” and “How do my partner and I make it through the crisis of infertility?” are all things I try to help patients and couples with.
The uncompromising drive to do the best for each couple trying to build their family is at the central core of what we do.