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Myrick C. Shinall, Jr., M.D., Ph.D.

ShinallAssistant Professor
​Division of General Surgery

Dr. Shinall joins our surgical faculty in the Vanderbilt Division of General Surgery, after completing his fellowship in hospice and palliative medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. 

Dr. Shinall is a board-certified general surgeon who completed his general surgery residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  He is also board eligible in hospice and palliative medicine from the American Board of Surgery.  He is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities. In addition to broad-based elective and emergency general surgery, his clinical interests include palliative surgery and palliative care consultation.

Dr. Shinall's primary research interests are in using health services research methodologies to identify surgical patients who benefit from early consultation of palliative care specialists.  His work is funded by the NIH through a K12 career development grant administered through Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. In addition to his work in health services research, Dr. Shinall also has a strong interest in biomedical ethics and humanities and is a faculty member of Vanderbilt's Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society. He particularly focuses on investigating the societal forces, especially religion, that influence the way we care for seriously ill and dying patients.  He is the author of several peer-reviewed articles in the fields of surgery, medical ethics, and religion, and his first book Miracles and the Kingdom of God is due to be published in 2018 by Fortress Press.

Dr. Shinall’s recent contributions to journal articles and textbooks include:

  • Religiously affiliated intensive care unit patients receive more aggressive end-of-life care. J Surg Res. 2014 Aug;190(2):623-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2014.05.074. Epub 2014 Jun 2.
  • Effect of Religion on End-of-Life Care Among Trauma Patients. J Relig Health. 2015 Jun;54(3):977-83. doi: 10.1007/s10943-014-9869-4.

Dr. Shinall received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University, Cambridge, MA and his medical degree from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN. Concurrent with his medical degree, he earned a Masters of Divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School.  During his surgical residency he earned a Ph.D. in religion from Vanderbilt University’s Graduate School.

Division of General Surgery
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
1161 21st Avenue South
D-5203 Medical Center North
Nashville, TN  37232
Phone: (615) 343-5613
Fax: (615) 343-9485

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