"I spent twenty years learning how to diagnose and treat patients with spinal disease; but the most important education I obtained was when my father became ill and I experienced what it is like to be on the other end of the relationship. I decided that caring for my patients requires not only that I am capable of performing state-of-the-art surgeries, but that I must care for my patients emotionally, and treat them as I would like my own family to be treated…with respect, concern, and empathy for their overall well being and the well being of their family and friends who love them."
Choll W. Kim, M.D., Ph.D. Associate Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Dr. Choll Kim graduated cum laude from Harvard Medical School and completed his fellowship training in spine surgery at the Mayo Clinic. He is board certified by American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Board of Spine Surgeons.
Dr. Kim is a nationally known expert in the field of computer-assisted minimally invasive spine surgery. He has trained 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 treat herniated disks, spinal stenosis, adult scoliosis, and spondylolisthesis in the neck to the low back.
A leader in his field, Dr. Kim is the founder and past-President of the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (SMISS), the Chair of the MIS Committee for the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS) and Associate Clinical Professor at University of California, San Diego. He is a Qualified Medical Evaluator and a past voting member of the FDA Orthopedic Devices Panel which reviews all new spinal technologies. He has over 200 publications and presentations.
The Minimally Invasive Spine Center at Alvarado Hospital
How GPS is Guiding Spine Surgery - Alvarado Hospital
Dr. Choll Kim on KUSI News San Diego
MDTV: Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery