Choll Kim MD, PhD

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Choll Kim MD, PhD
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Choll Kim MD, PhD

(619) 265-7912 x4
Primary Specialties
  • Orthopedic Surgery (Board Certified)
  • Surgery - Spine
  • Affiliations
  • Alvarado Hospital
  • San Diego Spine Institute
  • Primary Office

    Address:
    6719 Alvarado Road, Suite 308
    San Diego, CA 92120
    Fax:
    (619) 265-7922
    Hours:
    9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Web Page:
    sdspineinstitute.com

    Education

    Mayo Clinic - Fellowship in Spine Surgery (2002)
    University of California, San Diego - Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery (2001)
    Harvard Medical School - Medical Degree, Graduation with Honors, cum laude (1996)
    University of California, Los Angeles - PhD in Molecular Biology August (1992)
    University of California, San Diego - B.A./M.S. in Biology, Combined 5-year program (1987)

    Other Specialties/Certifications

    Computer-assisted Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
    Image-guidance and Spinal Navigation
    Endoscopic Diskectomy Surgery
    Minimally Invasive Spinal Fusion
    Thoracoscopic Spinal Surgery
    Direct Lateral Interbody Fusion (DLIF/XLIF)
    Spinal Tumor
    Spinal Infections
    Adult Scoliosis
    Spinal Stenosis
    Spondylolisthesis

    Areas of Expertise

    American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons Board Certified
    American Board of Spine Surgeons Board Certified
    California State Medical License
    Qualified Medical Evaluator QME

    Awards

    San Diego Magazine Top Doctor, 2014
    San Diego Healthcare Champion Finalist, 2014
    US News and World Report Best Doctor, 2011-13
    World Congress of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery & Techniques: 2008 Lyman Smith Award, Best Basic Science Presentation, 2008
    Expert Consultant for ABC News, 2007
    Fourth Annual Asian Heritage Awards – Nominee, 2007
    VA Merit Review Entry Program Grant, 2004
    UCSD Academic Senate Grant, 2003 and 2007
    Academic Geriatric Resource Center Award, 2003
    OREF Zimmer Award, 2003
    California Orthopaedic Association Lloyd W. Taylor Award, 2000
    James Esch Award for Best Clinical Research, 1999
    Honors in Special Field, cum laude – Harvard Medical School, 1996
    Selected Speaker, Harvard Medical School Research Assembly, 1994
    Harvard Medical School Student Research Fellowship Terms, 1993 and 1994
    Mandel Scholarship – UCLA Term, 1991
    U.S. Public Health Service National Research Awards Terms 1988-90
    UCLA Graduate Division Scholarship Term, 1987

    Areas of Interest

    Dr. Kim utilizes a broad range of minimally invasive treatments to effectively treat all aspects of complex spinal disorders, including herniated disks, spinal stenosis, adult scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, traumatic injuries, tumors, and infections throughout the entire spine from the neck to the low back. He is one of only a handful of surgeons in the world to master laser endoscopic spine surgery (LESS), a state-of-the-art minimally invasive procedure that effectively treats herniated disks, radiculopathy and sciatica. The LESS procedure can be performed under local anesthesia, in a same-day setting and with a small stab incision that is covered with a Band-Aid.

    Accepted Health Plans

    • PPO - Blue Shield
    • PPO - Cigna
    • PPO - Health Net
    • - Medicare/Medi-Cal
    • PPO - United Healthcare
    • PPO - Aetna
    • PPO - Anthem Blue Cross

    Insurance ID Numbers

    1073677

    Physician Bio

    Dr. Choll Kim graduated cum laude from Harvard Medical School and completed his fellowship training in complex spine surgery at the Mayo Clinic. In addition, he is double-board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Board of Spine Surgery.

    Dr. Kim is an internationally recognized expert in the field of computer-assisted minimally invasive spine surgery. He has trained and continues to train specialists throughout the country on the safe and effective application of state-of-the-art techniques using image guidance and navigation technologies.

    Dr. Kim utilizes a broad range of minimally invasive treatments to effectively treat all aspects of complex spinal disorders, including herniated disks, spinal stenosis, adult scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, traumatic injuries, tumors, and infections throughout the entire spine from the neck to the low back. He is one of only a handful of surgeons in the world to master laser endoscopic spine surgery (LESS), a state-of-the-art minimally invasive procedure that effectively treats herniated disks, radiculopathy and sciatica. The LESS procedure can be performed under local anesthesia, in a same-day setting and with a small stab incision that is covered with a Band-Aid.

    A leader in his field, Dr. Kim is the founder and past president of the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (SMISS), the founder of Minimally Invasive Spine Centers of Excellence (MIS-COE), the chair of the MIS Committee for the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS), the spine medicaal director of the Advanced Spine & Joint Institute at Alvarado Hospital, and an associate clinical professor at UCSD.

    Furthermore, Dr. Kim is a Qualified Medical Evaluator and a past voting member of the FDA Orthopedic Devices Panel, which reviews all new spinal technologies. He has designed minimally invasive instrumentation used by surgeons around the world. Dr. Kim is an active member of the North American Spine Society (NASS) and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), and a fellow of the Scoliosis Research Society. Dr. Kim has over 200 publications and presentations.