Orthopaedic Surgeon in San Diego, California (CA)

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Choll W. Kim MD

Orthopaedic Surgeon


  • Excel Spine Center
    6719 Alvarado Road, Suite 308
    San Diego, California, 92120 - United States
    Phone: (619) 344-6918

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Dr. Choll Kim is a double-board certified orthopaedic spine surgeon with fellowship training in complex spine surgery. Dr. Kim’s practice at Excel Spine Center combines leading-edge technology and state-of-the-art equipment with an emphasis on personalized, compassionate, high-quality care.

Dr. Kim is an internationally recognized expert in computer-assisted minimally invasive spine surgery and has trained spine specialists in advanced techniques using image guidance and navigation technologies in the treatment of spinal disorders.

Dr. Kim’s goal is to maximize his patients’ functional abilities through muscle strengthening and preservation. If spine surgery is necessary, Dr. Kim uses the latest, state-of-the-art techniques, including endoscopic minimally invasive techniques to preserve muscle function. He treats complex spinal disorders that affect all levels of the spinal column, including herniated discs, spondylolisthesis, cervical and lumbar spinal stenosis, and adult scoliosis.

Furthermore, Dr. Kim is one of only a handful of surgeons in the world to master laser endoscopic spine surgery (LESS); a modern minimally invasive procedure performed to effectively treat herniated discs, radiculopathy and sciatica. LESS leaves a 1 cm incision, covered with a band-aid, and is performed in a same-day surgical setting.

View Dr. Kim's surgical videos on his YouTube channel.

  • Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Board Certified
  • Fellowship Trained
Area of Focus
  • Degenerative Spine
  • Spinal Deformity
  • Trauma
  • Tumor / Infection
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Cervical Spine Research Society
  • North American Spine Society
  • Scoliosis Research Society
Hospital Affiliations
  • Alvarado Hospital
  • Sharp Memorial Hospital
  • Scripps Memorial Hospital
  • Palomar Medical Center
University Affiliations
  • University of California San Diego
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Excel Spine Center
6719 Alvarado Road, Suite 308
San Diego, California, 92120 - United States
Phone: (619) 344-6918
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