Choll Kim, MD, PhD, was named 2015 San Diego Physician Champion of the
Year (medium-sized company) by the
San Diego Business Journal. He was honored at the Hall of Champions in Balboa Park in Oct. 15, 2015.
Dr. Kim, who is co-medical director of Alvarado Hospital’s Advanced Spine
Institute, was selected for his pioneering efforts in the field of minimally
invasive spine surgery. He co-founded and was executive director of the
Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and continues to be national
leader in this field—traveling around the county to lecture and
teaching other spine surgeons how to perform spine surgery minimally invasively.
Dr. Kim was instrumental in establishing Alvarado Hospital's Advanced
Spine & Joint Institute, which opened in July 2015. In his role as
co-medical director, he has overall responsibility for the new spine program
treating all aspects of complex spinal disorders, including spinal stenosis,
spinal deformities, traumatic injuries, tumors and infections of the spine,
from neck to low back.
Dr. Kim also was instrumental in bringing O-Arm capabilities to the operating
room. The O-Arm provides a real-time 2-D and 3-D image of a patient’s
internal anatomy. These images guide surgeons when performing minimally
invasive spine procedures with great precision. He also has been a leader
in emphasizing the importance of outcomes transparency. Under his leadership,
the program utilizes customized Patient Reported Outcomes iPad application
to gather patient satisfaction data, keep a pulse on the patient’s
pre- and post-surgical experience and clinical outcomes.
In addition, Dr. Kim is active in the specialized medical community and
is the founder and past-president of the Society for Minimally Invasive
Spine Surgery. He is an associate clinical professor at UCSD, a qualified
medical evaluator and a past voting member of the FDA Orthopedic Devices
Panel which reviews all new spinal technologies. He also is a member of
the Spine Network of California, which has a patient advocacy branch.
He has more than 200 publications and presentations.
Dr. Kim has been acknowledged with numerous honors. He is among the
US News and World Report Best Doctors and is an expert consultant for ABC News. Under his tenure,
Alvarado Hospital has been named among America’s 100 Best Hospitals
for Spine Surgery in 2014-2016.