Dr. Paul Kim is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in the complex field of adult spinal surgery. He is highly skilled at treating disorders of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. He uses both non-surgical and high-tech approaches, including motion-sparing technology in artificial disc replacement, and computer-assisted navigation. His favorite thing about his work is seeing patients recover. “The most professionally rewarding experience is to see my patient relieved of pain and return back to normal activities after suffering from neck or back ailments,” he says. “It is an honor to be entrusted with my patient’s health. I promise to use my knowledge and skills to provide honest, well-informed, non-operative and operative spine care to my patients.”
After graduating with honors from Cornell University, Dr. Kim completed medical school at Columbia University’s College of Physicians & Surgeons. He did his orthopedic surgery residency training at The New York Orthopedic Hospital at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, where he served as a chief resident.
After his residency, Dr. Kim completed a spine fellowship at The Spine Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Saint John’s Health Center in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Kim has written many book chapters and peer-reviewed scientific articles, and been awarded research grants from the N.I.H. and the National Science Foundation.
He’s a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), North American Spine Society (NASS) and Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (SMISS). Dr. Kim is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery (ABOS). Dr. Kim is a Consultant with Select Medical Specialists and his practice is at the Spine Institute of San Diego.