Dr. Shang-Jin Shi


Dr. Shi received his M.D. from the Shanghai Second Medical University, China, his Ph.D. from the Osaka University Medical School, Japan, and his M.S. from the American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, USA.

Clinical & Research Background

Dr. Shi started his career as a physician in 1984, at the Shanghai Zhabei District Central Hospital in Shanghai, China. There, he gained exposure to many different illnesses and medical conditions. From his time in the emergency room, outpatient care, and inpatient care clinics, he gained insight into patient care.

In order to better understand illnesses and diseases, Dr. Shi applied and was accepted into Osaka University Medical School’s Ph.D. program in Geriatric Medicine. It was in Japan that he started to combine both western medicine and eastern medicine into his practice. By incorporating acupuncture, moxibustion, and Tui-Na, he found innovative ways to treat his patients.

Dr. Shi went on to hold postdoctoral fellow positions at: Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington D.C., the University of Alabama at Birmingham in Alabama, and Tulane University School of Medicine in Louisiana, which encompassed the years of 1995 to 2001. At Tulane, Dr. Shi collaborated with Dr. Oliver Smithies, the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2007, to study the mechanism and treatment of hypertension.

Dr. Shi then started work at the Wyle Integrated Science and Engineering Group, a contractor for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in Houston, Texas. Here, he investigated the effects of different medications on orthostatic hypotension in ground-based subjects and astronauts.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

In 2013, Dr. Shang-Jin Shi obtained his Masters in Acupuncture from the American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. He then gained his license from the National Accreditation Committee for Acupuncture Oriental Medicine.

Grant & Awards

Lions Club Foreign Students Award, Japan, 1991.

The 4th Sankei Grant from the Sankei Newspaper, Japan, 1992.

The Southern Section, American Federation for Medical Research/The Southern Society for Clinical Investigation Trainee Award from the American Federation for Medical Research in Washington DC, USA, 2000 and 2001.

Special Space Flight Achievement Award from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Houston, Texas, USA, 2002 and 2004.

Manager’s Choice Award from Wyle Laboratories and NASA, Houston, Texas, USA, 2002.

Published Medical Papers (selected)

Shang-Jin Shi, …, Oliver Smithies, et al. Natriuretic peptide receptor-A mediates renal sodium excretory responses to blood volume expansion. American Journal of Physiology (Renal Physiology). 2003; 285:F694-F702.

Shang-Jin Shi et al. Temazepam, but not zolpidem, causes orthostatic hypotension in astronauts after spaceflight. Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology. 2003; 41:31-39.

Shang-Jin Shi, et al. Fludrocortisone does not prevent orthostatic hypotension in astronauts after spaceflight. Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine. 2004; 75:235-239.

Shang-Jin Shi et al. Effects of promethazine and midodrine on orthostatic tolerance. Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine. 2011; 82:9-12.

Shang-Jin Shi. The relationship between different medications and orthostatic hypotension in astronauts (in Chinese). Chinese Journal of Aerospace Medicine. 2011; 22:307-313.

Meetings and Presentations (selected)

Shang-Jin Shi. Acupuncture Relieves Spasms In Multiple Sclerosis. World Federation of Acupuncture-Moxibustion Societies. 2014. Houston, Texas. PDF

Shang-Jin Shi. A Case Report: A Combination of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine Treats Central Retinal Vein Occlusion. Proceedings of 2016 International Conference of the World Federation of Acupuncture-Moxibustion Societies. 2016. Tokyo, Japan. PDF

Shang-Jin Shi. Acupuncture treats pilomatrixoma on the scalp: A case report. Global Summit on Traditional and Restorative Medicine & Neuropharmacology. 2018. Paris, France. PDF