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Dr. Choll Kim


Dr. Kim specializes in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery for the comprehensive treatment of complex spinal disorders. Dr. Kim utilizes a broad range of treatment modalities to effectively treat degenerative spinal disease (spinal stenosis, herniated disk, cervical myelopathy, neck pain, back pain), adult spinal deformity (scoliosis, kyphosis), osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures (kyphoplasty, vertebroplasty), traumatic injuries, spinal tumors, and spinal infections. He is a nationally known expert in the field of computer-assisted minimally invasive surgery using image guidance and navigation technologies to safely and precisely employ minimally invasive techniques such as endoscopic diskectomy, thoracoscopic reconstruction, minimally invasive fusion, percutaneous instrumentation, kyphoplasty, vertebroplasty, MIS TLIF, XLIF, and total disk replacement. He is the Executive Director of the Minimally Invasive Spine Society and the head of the UCSD Spine Fellowship Program. He is a voting member of the FDA Orthopedic Devices Panel which reviews all new spinal technologies. As a distinguished faculty to numerous meetings on minimally invasive surgery, he has trained spine specialists throughout the country on the safe and effective application of the latest state-of-the-art minimally invasive techniques. He is a member in good standing of the North American Spine Society and the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons with full certification by the California Medical Board and the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons.