Choll Kim, MD

Choll Kim, MD, PhD

Orthopaedic Surgery San Diego, CA

Director, Minimally Invasive Spine Center of Excellence


Office Address

  • 6719 Alvarado Rd
    308
    San Diego, CA 92120
    Phone: (619) 265-7912
    Fax: (619) 265-7922

Choll Kim, MD, PhD

Orthopaedic Surgery San Diego, CA

Director, Minimally Invasive Spine Center of Excellence

Clinical Specialties & Interests

  • Orthopaedic Surgery: Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Clinical Interests: Endoscopy; Lasers; Spinal Fusion; Treatment Outcome; Lumbar Vertebrae; Postoperative Complications; Biocompatible Materials; Skeletal Muscle; Bone Cements; Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures

Faculty Appointments & Work History

  • Associate Clinical ProfessorUniversity of California
    San Diego, CA
    Associate Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery (2008-present); Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery (2002-2008)
  • PresidentSociety for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
    San Diego, CA
    Founding Board of Directors (2006-present)
  • DirectorSpine Institute of San Diego
    San Diego, CA
    Alvarado Hospital Medical Center, Palomar Medical Center, Pomerado Medical Center, Sharp Memorial Hospital, Scripps Memorial Hospital.
  • Associate Clinical ProfessorUniversity of California, San Diego
    San Diego, CA

Education & Medical Training

  • Harvard Medical SchoolHarvard Medical School
  • Mayo School of Graduate Medical EducationMayo School of Graduate Medical Education
  • University of California
  • University of California at San DiegoUniversity of California at San Diego
  • University of California, Los Angeles

Certifications & Licensure

  • CA State Medical LicenseCA State Medical License1998 - 2015
  • American Board of Orthopaedic SurgeryOrthopaedic Surgery

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • America's Top DoctorsCastle Connolly, 2014, 2013, 2012
  • Top Doctors:San Diego AreaCastle Connolly, 2013
  • Top Doctors:Southern CaliforniaCastle Connolly, 2012

Publications & Presentations

PubMed

Journal Articles

  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery: Key Concepts and Techniques for Minimally Invasive Posterior Lumbar Surgery  Kim CW, Raiszadeh K, Raiszadeh R, Garfin SR, Orthopaedic Knowledge Online Journal, 1/1/2013
  • The Current State of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery  Kim CW, Siemionow K, Anderson G, Phillips FM, The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, 1/1/2011
  • An attempt at clinically defining and assessing minimally invasive surgery compared with traditional “open” spinal surgery  McAfee PC, Garfin SR, Rodgers WB, Allen RT, Phillips F, Kim CW, SAS Journal, 1/1/2011

Books/Book Chapters

  • Operative Techniques in Spine Surgery Chapter: Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Interbody Fusion 
    Fayssoux RS, Kim CW
    Editors: Rhee, Boden, Flynn.Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA
    2013
  • Advanced Reconstruction, Spine Chapter: Computer-assisted Spine Surgery 
    Kim CW, Raiszadeh R, Taylor WR, Garfin SR
    Editors: Wang.North American Spine Society
    2011
  • Minimally Invasive and Advanced Techniques Chapter: Minimally Invasive Scoliosis Treatment. The Comprehensive Treatment of the Aging Spine 
    Kim CW, Raiszadeh K, Garfin SR
    Editors: Yue, Guyer, Johnson, Khoo, and Hochschuler.Elsevier Saunders, Philadelphia, PA
    2011

Abstracts/Posters

  • What’s new in MIS Kim CW, Spine Technology and Educational Group Organization 10th Annual Symposium, Los Cabos, Mexico, 6/22/2013
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery. MIS Registry. Kim CW, Spine Technology and Educational Group Organization 10th Annual Symposium, Los Cabos, Mexico, 6/20/2013
  • The Future Kim CW, Spine Technology and Educational Group Organization 10th Annual Symposium, Los Cabos, Mexico, 6/20/2013

Lectures

  • The North American Spine Society 27th Annual Meeting North American Spine Society (NASS), Dallas, Texas - 10/24/2012
  • Computer-assisted Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery San Diego, CA - 3/2/2007

Other

  • Computer-guided Navigation for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Kim, CW, XETV San Diego 6 Interview
    2/1/2009
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery at UCSD Kim, CW, UCSD MDTV Feature
    San Diego, CA - 8/1/2008
  • The Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Kim, CW, Orthopedics This Week
    5/22/2007

Hospital Affiliations

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna Choice POS II
  • Aetna HMO
  • BCBS Blue Card PPO
  • BCBS California CaliforniaCare HMO
  • BCBS California PPO
  • Blue Shield California HMO
  • Blue Shield California PPO
  • CIGNA HMO
  • CIGNA Open Access
  • CIGNA PPO
  • First Health PPO
  • Great West PPO
  • Health Net California Large Group PPO
  • Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
  • Multiplan PHCS PPO
  • Multiplan PPO
  • Pacificare HMO
  • United Healthcare - Direct Choice Plus POS
  • United Healthcare - Direct Options PPO
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