Orthopedic & Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Choll Kim of the Spine Institute of San Diego

Laura Dyrda -   Print  |
Choll Kim, MD, PhD, of the Spine Institute of San Diego, is a nationally known expert on computer-assisted minimally invasive spine surgery. He shares his expertise with fellow spine surgeons as director of the education lab in the minimally invasive spine center at Alvarado Hospital in San Diego. He uses image guidance and navigation techniques in order to perform spine surgery on complex spinal disorders, spinal stenosis, deformities, traumatic injuries and tumors.

"Minimally invasive spine surgery is not a small difference in technology; this is a major leap in being able to take care of spine patients," Dr. Kim said in an article for Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review about the education lab. "We need to be able to provide resources for our patients and we don't want to let a lack of education prevent us from doing that."

Dr. Kim said minimally invasive techniques are often not taught during physician training and physicians seeking to perform the procedure should attend training in a setting that mimics an operating room. This way, the physician will know how to handle the operating room setting and will experience great outcomes even during his or her first minimally invasive spinal surgery procedure.

In addition to treating his patients, Dr. Kim is the founder of the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and a clinical professor at the University of California San Diego. He is a member of the North American Spine Society, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and past president of the San Diego Chapter of the Western Orthopaedic Association.

Throughout his career, Dr. Kim has nearly authored 200 publications and presentations. He has earned the 2008 Lyman Smith Award for best basic science presentation from the World Congress of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery & Techniques and served as an expert consultant for ABC News.

Dr. Kim earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in Boston and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of California in San Diego. He also completed a fellowship in spine surgery at the Mayo Clinic and earned his doctorate in molecular biology from the University of California in Los Angeles.

Read other coverage on orthopedic and spine physician leaders:

- Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Kevin Gill of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

- Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Daniel Garza of Stanford Hospital & Clinics

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