Chris Sterling Shin, M.D.

Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

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Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Locations and Contact

Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
4860 Y St.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Phone: 916-734-7041

Cannery Building

Spine Center
3301 C St.
Sacramento, CA 95816

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Additional Numbers

Physician Referrals

800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Philosophy of Care

As a physiatrist, I have a more wholistic approach to the care of my patients. Treating the underlying root causes of disease is a more important focus than just treating the symptoms. I believe the most important aspect of care is determining the events that led a patient to that particular point.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Shin is a general PM&R physician. He sees patients in his adult general rehabilitation and spine clinics as well as in the electrodiagnostic lab. He has a partidcular interest in amputee prosthetic management.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Shin's main academic interest lies in the educations of medical students, residents and fellows.


Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Center/Program Affiliation

Spine Center

Undergraduate School

A.A., DeAnza College, Cupertino CA 1993

Undergraduate School

B.S., Microbiology, UC Davis, Davis CA 1996

Medical School

M.D., UC Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento CA 2001


Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, UC Davis, Sacramento CA 2001-2002


Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, UC Davis, Sacramento CA 2002-2005

David D. Kilmer Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award, UC Davis Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 2013

Honored Physician of the Year, Paul Hom Asian Clinic for dedication to community care, 2010

Award for Outstanding Attendance at Clinical Seminars, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, UC Davis Medical Center, 2004

Award for Outstanding Teaching of Medical Students, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, UC Davis Medical Center, 2004

Award for Excellence in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, UC Davis Medical Center, 2001

Mortin Levitt Research Award, UC Davis School of Medicine, 2001

Annual Medical Student Award for Excellence in Medical Rehabilitation, The Northwest Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2000

Shin CS. Research Investigator: Determining Neuropsychiatric Baselines in Amature Boxers Using ImPACT Software. Proposal to Institutional Review Board. (In Submission)

Shin CS, Davis BA. Femoral neuropathy due to patellar dislocation in a theatrical and jazz dancer: a case report. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2005 Jun;86(6):1258-60. doi:10.1016/j.apmr.2004.11.024. PMID:15954069.

Shin CS, Abresch RT, Widman L, McDonald CM. Regional Body Composition in Male Subjects with Neuromuscular Disease as Assessed by Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry. Poster Presentation at the 2003 Annual Meeting of the Academy of Academic Physiatrists. 2004.

Shin CS, Abresch RT, Walsh SA, Ong EK, McDonald CM. Relationship Between Quantitative Measures of Regional Lean Tissue Mass and Strength in Children with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and Controls. Poster Presentation at the 1999 Annual Meeting of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine. 1999.