WHY I SERVE​: DON SHINA

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"Ever since my first visit to New Mexico over thirty-five years ago I was aware of a growing attraction to this area.  I made yearly visits to Northern New Mexico, so that when the opportunity arose to join the staff at St. Vincent’s Hospital I recognized that taking a position at the hospital would allow me to fulfill the dream of living here long before retirement. Nonetheless, I had to consider not only the place, but the institution.   I very much enjoyed being on the staff of University Hospitals of Cleveland because I  respected its commitment to delivering just and equal care to the entire community.   Luckily, I found the same health care philosophy here in Santa Fe. I was able to proudly serve for fifteen years on the staff at St. Vincent’s because I was convinced that the hospital has a genuine commitment to social justice and the provision of service to all who seek health care at its doors.  I am grateful to have a the opportunity to serve on the board that supports the hospital’s ongoing efforts to improving health care for all Northern New Mexicans."

Don received his medical degree at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) and remained on the faculty of University Hospitals of Cleveland and CWRU until coming to Santa Fe to join the staff of St. Vincent Hospital in 2002.   He is board certified in internal medicine, medical oncology and radiation oncology.  He served as medical director of radiation oncology at the St. Vincent Regional Cancer Center until his retirement in 2017.  Prior to coming to Santa Fe Don was an active member of several national multi-institutional oncology study groups and was an active participant in many adult and pediatric clinical trials.  As a member of the New Mexico Medical Reserve Corps he has maintained an active medical license in the state of New Mexico.