Robert Kang Shin, MD| Neuro-Ophthalmology, Neurology | MedStar Health

Robert Kang Shin, MD
Provider is directly employed by MedStar Health

4.7 out of 5 (404 reviews)

Specialities: Neuro-Ophthalmology, Neurology

Languages: English

(202) 444-0767

About me

Dr. Shin has a special interest in visual problems associated with multiple sclerosis (MS) and other demyelinating disorders, including optic neuritis and double vision. He sees patients with multiple sclerosis and neuro-ophthalmologic disorders at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and at MedStar Health at Chevy Chase.

A professor of Neurology at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and Fellow of the American Neurological Association and the American Academy of Neurology, Dr. Shin is a graduate of Yale University and received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed a neurology residency and fellowships in neuro-ophthalmology and multiple sclerosis at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Widely published in medical journals and textbooks and a frequent lecturer, Dr. Shin is dedicated to patient and staff education. He has received multiple awards and commendations for his teaching expertise and clinical excellence. Dr. Shin sees his role as providing information to MS patients who are awaiting diagnosis given the uncertainty of the condition. He is highly rated by Georgetown patients and happy to be working at one of the largest MS centers in the area, offering effective treatment options and hope.

Dr. Shin treats the following conditions: Publications
  • RK Shin, LJ Mejico, A Kawasaki, VA Purvin, ML Moster, BR Younge, D Boghen. Transient ocular motor nerve palsies associated with cranial nerve schwannomas. Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology, 2015 Jun; 35(2): 139-143.
  • RK Shin, RA Qureshi, NR Harris, D Bakar, TP Li, S Jafri, C-M Tang. Wilbrand knee. Neurology, 2014 Feb 4; 82(5):459-460.
  • RK Shin. Multiple Sclerosis: Diagnosis. In: MJ Aminoff, RB Daroff, eds. Encyclopedia of the Neurological Sciences. 2nd edition, volume 3. Oxford: Academic Press; 2014: 148-152.
  • UK Bodanapally, K Shanmuganathan, E Geraymovych, SE Mirvis, AY Choi, AB McMillan, J Zhuo, RK Shin. Diagnosis of traumatic optic neuropathy: Application of diffusion tensor magnetic resonance imaging. Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology, 2013 Jun; 33(2): 128-133.
  • WJ Weiner, CG Goetz, RK Shin, SL Lewis, eds. Neurology for the Non-Neurologist. 6th edition. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2010.

Clinical areas of focus

  • Abnormal Pupil Function
  • Blepharoptosis
  • Blurred Vision
  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
  • CNS Vasculitis
  • Demyelinating Disease
  • Diplopia
  • Disorder Of Balance
  • Dizziness
  • Eye Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Intrathecal Baclofen Pump
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO)
  • Numbness
  • Nystagmus
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Pain
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Spasms
  • Spasticity
  • Tingling
  • Transverse Myelitis
  • Unsteady Gait
  • Vision Loss
  • Weakness
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Conditions and procedures

Conditions I treat

  • Abnormal Pupil Function
  • Abnormal Reflexes
  • Acute Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Arm Weakness
  • Arteriovenous Fistula
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
  • Ataxia
  • Behcet Syndrome
  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo
  • Blepharoptosis
  • Blurred Vision
  • Carotid Stenosis
  • Central Nervous System Lupus
  • Cerebellar Ataxia
  • Cerebellar Disease
  • Cerebral Aneurysm
  • Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA)
  • Cervical Dystonia
  • Cervical Plexopathy
  • Charcot Marie Tooth Disease
  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
  • CNS Vasculitis
  • Cognitive Impairment
  • Concussion
  • Cranial Nerve Injury
  • Dejerine Sottas Disease
  • Demyelinating Disease
  • Diabetic Lumbosacral Radiculoplexus Neuropathy
  • Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Diffuse Axonal Injury
  • Diplopia
  • Disorder Of Balance
  • Dizziness
  • Dural Arteriovenous Fistula
  • Encephalopathies
  • Epilepsy
  • Eye Pain
  • Facial Droop
  • Facial Nerve Palsy And Paresis
  • Facial Pain
  • Facioscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy
  • Fatigue
  • Femoral Neuropathy
  • Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS)
  • Headache
  • HIV Associated Neurocognitive Disorder
  • HIV Myopathy
  • Horner Syndrome
  • Inclusion Body Myopathy
  • Ischemic Stroke
  • Lacunar Stroke
  • Leg Weakness
  • Lewy Body Dementia
  • Lip Droop
  • Lobar Atrophy Of Brain
  • Medication Overuse Headache
  • Memory Disorders
  • Movement Diseases And Disorders
  • Multifocal Motor Neuropathy
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Myelitis
  • Myoclonic Epilepsy With Ragged Red Fibers
  • Nerve Root Disorder
  • Nervous System Disorders
  • Neuralgia
  • Neuromuscular Diseases
  • Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO)
  • Neuropathy
  • Non Ruptured Cerebral Aneurysm
  • Numbness
  • Nystagmus
  • Occipital Neuralgia
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Orthostatic Hypotension
  • Pain
  • Paramyotonia Congenita
  • Paraplegia
  • Paresthesia
  • Parkinson's Disease (PD)
  • Periodic Paralysis
  • Peripheral Nerve Injury
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Periventricular Leukomalacia
  • Plexopathy
  • Positional Vertigo
  • Primary Cerebellar Degeneration
  • Primary Progressive Aphasia
  • Pseudotumor Cerebri
  • Quadriplegia
  • Radiculopathy
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Sensory Impairment
  • Sensory Neuronopathy
  • Small Fiber Neuropathy
  • Spasms
  • Spasticity
  • Spinocerebellar Ataxia
  • Spinocerebellar Degeneration
  • Spinocerebellar Diseases
  • Statin Myopathy
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Syncope
  • Tetraplegia
  • Tic Disorders
  • Tingling
  • Tinnitus
  • Torticollis
  • Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA)
  • Transverse Myelitis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Tremor
  • Trigeminal Neuropathy
  • Unsteady Gait
  • Vertigo
  • Vision Loss
  • Visual Impairment
  • Weakness
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Procedures I perform

  • Angiography
  • Avm Embolization
  • Botox For Dystonia
  • Botox For Hemifacial Spasm
  • Botox For Spasticity
  • Brain Injury Rehabilitation
  • Epilepsy Monitoring Unit Evaluation (EMU)
  • Headache Therapy
  • Intrathecal Baclofen Pump
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Infusion Treatment
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Practice locations

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3800 Reservoir Road Northwest
Pasquerilla Healthcare Center 7th Fl Dept Neurology
Washington, DC, 20007


Fax 877-245-1499

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5454 Wisconsin Avenue
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Chevy Chase, MD, 20815


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MedStar Medical Group accepts most major health insurance plans. If you are uncertain as to whether your individual health insurance plan is accepted at MedStar Medical Group, please call your insurance company.

  • List of insurance plans we accept
    • Aetna Innovations: HMO & EPO Plus
    • Select HMO/HealthFund/Health Network
    • Aetna HMO
    • Open POS II
    • Innovation Health: Open POS Plus
    • Choice POS & Choice POS II
    • Aetna Managed Choice Open Access (POS)
    • Open EPO Plus
    • Opoen HMO Option
    • Open HMO
    • Innovation Health: POS
    • Aetna HMO-Open Access/Select OA/HealthFund/Health Network Option OA
    • Innovation Health: Open Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ Open Access (POS)
    • Innovation Health: POS Plus
    • Aetna Managed Choice (POS)
    • Innovation Health: PPO
    • Aetna Open Choice (PPO)
    • Innovation Health: Indemnity
    • Aetna Traditional Choice (PPO)
    • Blue Choice Advantage & Healthy Blue (HMO, POS)
    • BlueChoice Open Access
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Open Access
    • HealthyBlue PPO
    • CFBSBC Blue Preferred PPO
    • Choice Fund PPO
    • PPO and PPO Plus
    • POS OA & OA Plus
    • Network OA
    • CIGNA HMO Open Access (OA)
    • United Healthcare Compass (HMO)
    • United Healthcare Navigate
    • Optimum Choice
    • United Healthcare Core Essential (HMO)
    • United Healthcare Choice
    • United Healthcare Select Plus (POS)
    • Optimum Choice Preferred (POS) & OCI Direct (HMO)
    • Tricare Standard
    • Coventry Health Care of Virginia
    • United Student Resources
    • Coventry Health Care National Network PPO
    • Aetna Medicare Advantage HMO & PPO Plans
    • Great-West Healthcare POS/CIGNA
    • CFBCBS Federal Employee Program (Std. & Basic PPO)
    • Mamsi Life & Health (Indem./PPO)
    • CIGNA Indemnity
    • CFBCBS Maryland Point of Service Plan (MPOS)
    • Tricare for Life (Medicare Supplemental Plan)
    • United Healthcare Choice Plus
    • Tricare Extra (Indemnity)
    • MedStar Select (MedStar Associates' Plan)
    • MedStar Family Choice - Maryland Health Choice
    • M.D. IPA (HMO)
    • United Healthcare Select HMO - EPO/NPP
    • First Health PPO
    • M.D. IPA Preferred (POS)
    • OneNet PPO, Inc.
    • Coventry of Delaware HMO/PPO
    • Aetna USAccess (POS)
    • CFBCBS (NCA) Indemnity
    • Aetna Student Health Insurance
    • United Healthcare Options (PPO) (includes Empire PPO, GEHA, Compass Rose)
    • CIGNA POS/Network POS
    • Tricare Prime
    • CIGNA HMO & Network (HMO)
    • CFBCBS Blue Choice Opt Out Plus Open Access (POS)
    • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS) (PPO)
    • Aetna Elect Choice/ EPO (Aetna Health Fund) Innovation Health: Network Only Plus
    • Aetna Worker's Compensation Network
    • Aetna Quality Point of Service (POS)
    • CFBCBS Maryland Indemnity or PPO
    • MedStar Medicare Choice
    • CFBCBS BlueChoice HMO



Board Certification: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Vascular Neurology

Fellowship Program: University of Pennsylvania Hospital (2002)

Fellowship Program: University of Pennsylvania Scheie Eye Institute (2001)

Residency Program: University of Pennsylvania Hospital (2000)

Medical School: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (1991)


  • Golden Hammer Award for Excellence in Clinical Neurology, Dedication to Resident Teaching, and Devotion to Patient Care National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Maryland Chapter, Health Care Professional of the Year Ophthalmology Lecturer of the Year Award Elected Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology Elected Fellow of the American Neurological Association

Ratings and reviews

  • Provider explained things understandably

  • Provider listened carefully

  • Provider knew medical history

  • Provider showed respect

  • Provider spent enough time with patient

  • Nov 28, 2022

    Dr Shin is professional, informative and approachable.

  • Oct 3, 2022

    Dr. Shin is an excellent doctor. Caring, knowledgeable, and very helpful.

  • Sep 28, 2022

    I would highly recommend Dr Shin