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Choll Kim, MD

Choll Kim, MD, PhD

Orthopaedic Surgery San Diego, CA

Director, Minimally Invasive Spine Center of Excellence

Office Address

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

Dr. Kim's 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

Dr. Kim's 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

Dr. Kim's Education & Medical Training

  • Mayo School of Graduate Medical EducationMayo School of Graduate Medical EducationFellowship, Orthopedic Surgery of the Spine
  • University of California at San DiegoUniversity of California at San DiegoResidency, Orthopedic Surgery
  • University of California at San DiegoUniversity of California at San DiegoResidency, Orthopedic Surgery
  • Harvard Med SchHarvard Medical SchoolMedical School
  • University of California, Los AngelesUniversity of California, Los AngelesOther Training, Ph.D., Molecular Biology
  • University of CaliforniaUniversity of CaliforniaOther Training, Ph.D., Molecular Biology
  • University of CaliforniaUniversity of CaliforniaOther Training, B.A./M.S., Biology (Combined 5-year program)

Dr. Kim's Certifications & Licensure

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

Dr. Kim's Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • US News and World Report Best Doctor2011, 2012
  • World Congress of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery & Techniques2008 Lyman Smith Award, Best Basic Science PresentationWorld Congress of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery & Techniques, 2008
  • Expert Consultant for ABC News2007
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Dr. Kim's Publications & Presentations

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Journal Articles

  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery: Key Concepts and Techniques for Minimally Invasive Posterior Lumbar SurgeryKim CW, Raiszadeh K, Raiszadeh R, Garfin SR, Orthopaedic Knowledge Online Journal, 1/1/2013
  • The Current State of Minimally Invasive Spine SurgeryKim 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 surgeryMcAfee PC, Garfin SR, Rodgers WB, Allen RT, Phillips F, Kim CW, SAS Journal, 1/1/2011
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Books/Book Chapters

  • Operative Techniques in Spine SurgeryChapter: Minimally Invasive Transforaminal Interbody Fusion
    Fayssoux RS, Kim CW
    Editors: Rhee, Boden, Flynn.Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA
    2013
  • Advanced Reconstruction, SpineChapter: Computer-assisted Spine Surgery
    Kim CW, Raiszadeh R, Taylor WR, Garfin SR
    Editors: Wang.North American Spine Society
    2011
  • Minimally Invasive and Advanced TechniquesChapter: 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
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Abstracts/Posters

  • What’s new in MISKim 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 FutureKim CW, Spine Technology and Educational Group Organization 10th Annual Symposium, Los Cabos, Mexico, 6/20/2013
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Lectures

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

Other

  • Computer-guided Navigation for Minimally Invasive Spine SurgeryKim, CW, XETV San Diego 6 Interview
    2/1/2009
  • Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery at UCSDKim, CW, UCSD MDTV Feature
    San Diego, CA - 8/1/2008
  • The Society for Minimally Invasive Spine SurgeryKim, 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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