Bio of Elliot Shin, M.D., M.S.
Dr. Elliot Shin immigrated with his family from South Korea to United States at age eleven without knowing any English, even the alphabet. Since then, he has been blessed with many opportunities and experiences that have uniquely allowed him to understand the challenges that disadvantaged populations face and have been involved in providing comprehensive solutions to empower them.
After graduating from Rutgers University as a Henry Rutgers Scholar in 1991, he obtained a master’s degree in Nuclear Physics at Rosalind Franklin University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School where he also received his medical degree in 2000. Then he completed his residency training in 2003 at In His Image Family Practice Residency Program where he was also ordained as a medical missionary.
His work with the disadvantaged population originally started during college years after a powerful encounter with a homeless lady who gave him a kiss on the cheek as a gratitude for a sandwich he gave her. Over the years, the homeless people became his friends and family who prayed and supported him through the rigorous medical training. He is now simply returning the favor to not only the homeless but to other populations in similar situations.
After two decades of his mission work in inner-cities and overseas, he founded Operation H.O.P.E., Inc. (Helping Other People Everywhere) in October of 2009 to invite the public to join with him in providing comprehensive solutions to these populations such as the homeless, orphans/foster children, inner-city youth, seniors, prostitutes, prisoners, poor and suppressed people worldwide. Operation H.O.P.E. provides innovative programs to equip, transform, and empower these individuals to become leaders in their own family and community.
Since its opening in February of 2010, with generous support and partnership of City Impact Center, HOPE Medical and Dental Clinic, a subsidiary of Operation H.O.P.E., Inc., has seen over thousand uninsured low-income patients rendering $200,000 worth of service with only part-time hours with caring volunteer staff. It has quickly grown to three clinics in Las Vegas area with fourth clinic soon to open housing three dental operatories and two specialty clinic rooms.
One of the distinguishing feature of the clinic includes “pay-it-forward” program where patients are required to return the favor by helping others in need with acts of kindness at least three times. Then they are supposed to ask the recipients of their service to do the same so that the selfless acts of kindness continues in the community exponentially. This program is intended to remove patients from self-entitlement mentality, restore dignity, exercise their own gifts and talents, and promote sense of community.