Dr. Choll Wan Kim MD Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Choll Kim is an orthopedic surgeon in San Diego, California and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Sharp Memorial Hospital and UC San Diego Health System. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and has been in practice for 18 years. Dr. Kim accepts several types of health insurance, listed below. He is one of 51 doctors at Sharp Memorial Hospital and one of 19 at UC San Diego Health System who specialize in Orthopedic Surgery.

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Specialty & Clinical Interests

Orthopedic Surgeon: Orthopedic Spine Surgery

Clinical Interests: Endoscopy, Lasers, Spinal Fusion, Treatment Outcome, Lumbar Vertebrae, Postoperative Complications, Biocompatible Materials, Skeletal Muscle, Bone Cements, Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures

Hospital Affiliation

Sharp Memorial Hospital
High performing in Orthopedics

UC San Diego Health System
High performing in Orthopedics

Education & Medical Training

University of California at San Diego
Residency, Orthopedic Surgery, 1996–1997

University of California at San Diego
Residency, Orthopedic Surgery, 1997–2001

Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education
Fellowship, Orthopedic Surgery of the Spine, 2001–2002

Harvard Medical School
Class of 1996

University of California, Los Angeles
Other Training, Molecular Biology, 1987–1992

University of California
Other Training, Biology (Combined 5-year program), 1987

University of California
Other Training, Molecular Biology, 1992

Certifications & Licensure

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery

CA State Medical License
Active through 2015

Awards, Honors & Recognition

Super Doctor, SuperDoctors.com

US News and World Report Best Doctor
2011

US News and World Report Best Doctor
2012

2008 Lyman Smith Award, Best Basic Science Presentation, World Congress of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery & Techniques
2008

Expert Consultant for ABC News
2007

Fourth Annual Asian Heritage Awards – Nominee
2007

Academic Geriatric Resource Center Award
2003

OREF Zimmer Award
2003

California Orthopaedic Association Lloyd W. Taylor Award
2000

James Esch Award for Best Clinical Research
1999

Honors in Special Field, Harvard Medical School
1996

Student Research Fellowship, Harvard Medical School
1993

Student Research Fellowship, Harvard Medical School
1994

Mandel Scholarship, UCLA
1991

United States Public Health Service National Research Awards
1988

United States Public Health Service National Research Awards
1989

United States Public Health Service National Research Awards
1990

Graduate Division Scholarship, UCLA
1987

Publications & Presentations

The North American Spine Society 27th Annual Meeting
2012 10 24

Computer-assisted Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
2007 3 2

Kim CW 2013 6 22

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Insurances Accepted

  • Aetna Choice POS II
  • Aetna HMO
  • BCBS Blue Card PPO
  • BCBS California CaliforniaCare HMO
  • BCBS California PPO
  • Blue Shield California HMO
  • Blue Shield California PPO
  • CIGNA HMO
  • CIGNA Open Access
  • CIGNA PPO
  • First Health PPO
  • Great West PPO
  • Health Net California Large Group PPO
  • Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
  • Multiplan PHCS PPO
  • Multiplan PPO
  • Pacificare HMO
  • United Healthcare - Direct Choice Plus POS
  • United Healthcare - Direct Options PPO

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