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."

Dr. Shina is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and graduated magna cum laude from John Carroll University. After receiving a medical degree from Case Western Reserve University he completed training in internal medicine, medical oncology and radiation oncology and is board certified in all three disciplines.  After several years on the staff of University Hospitals of Cleveland and the faculty of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine he moved to Santa Fe to become medical director of radiation oncology.  After eighteen years in that role he retired in 2017.