About Us

"Our goal at the Spine Institute of San Diego is to maximize function through muscle preservation and strengthening. We have a state-of-the-art fitness program that targets the spinal muscles. If surgery is required, we employ the latest endoscopic minimally invasive techniques to preserve muscle function. We also specialize in disc replacement and joint preservation surgeries".

Choll W. Kim, M.D., P.h.D. Ramin Raiszadeh, M.D.Paul D. Kim, M.D.


A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed 34 million Americans 18 years and older suffer lower back pain, and another 9 million suffer neck pain. At Alvarado Hospital's Advanced Spine Institute, we are dedicated to providing a revolutionary approach to complete spine care that is unsurpassed. We've combined some of the area's best board-certified experts with leading-edge technology and state-of-the-art equipment, as well as a full range of dedicated support specialists all under one roof.

Our goal is to optimize your spinal health and get you back to enjoying your everyday activities.


What Makes the Advanced Spine Institute Unique?

  • Spine only unit
  • Multi-disciplinary care with team-based focus
  • Centralized point of contact/patient advocate Extensive inpatient and outpatient programs
  • Dedicated private suites with pullout leather couches for guests and family, flat-screen TVs, wireless internet and private bathrooms
  • Caring, compassionate, spine only registered nurses staff with a nurse-to-patient ratio of 1:4
  • Patient education classes
  • Operating rooms with state-of-the-art complex and minimally invasive spine equipment
  • Our Multi-Disciplinary Team
  • Concierge service for travel, housing and site seeing


The Advanced Spine Institute is a multi-disciplinary program. This means that you will be cared for by a team of experts specially trained in the field of spine medicine. Our team includes board-certified and fellowship-trained surgeons; friendly, highly skilled nurses and therapists, pain management specialists and anesthesiologists; and an on-site pharmacist. Working together, our entire team focuses on providing the most advanced treatment options and comprehensive care available to prevent, treat and rehabilitate conditions that affect the spinal column. Most importantly, this combined advanced medicine is tailored to your individual needs. One Centralized Point of Contact With so many specialists and levels of care at your service, it's good to know our personal program manager will work with you and your team of experts every step of the way to maintain a seamless coordination of care through one point of contact. From diagnosis and innovative non-surgical treatment plans to ground-breaking, minimally invasive surgery or advanced reconstructive surgery, our program manager will be with you all the way to recovery.

The Advanced Spine Institute Winner of The San Diego Health Care Champions award 2009

Our Providers:

Ramin Raiszadeh, M.D.
CA Medical License A88341
Baylor College of Medicine
Board Certified by ABOS
Choll Kim, M.D., PhD
CA Medical License A64323
Harvard Medical School
Board Certified by ABOS
Paul Kim, M.D.
CA Medical License A111653
Columbia University
Board Certified by ABOS

Former Affiliates
Kamshad Raiszadeh, M.D. - Spine Zone