Dr. Choll Kim

Dr. Choll Kim

Orthopedic Surgeon at Palomar Health Orthopedic & Spine Center

Meet Dr. Choll Kim

Dr. Choll Kim graduated cum laude from Harvard Medical School and completed his fellowship training in complex spine surgery at the Mayo Clinic. In addition, he is double-board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Board of Spine Surgery. Dr. Kim is an internationally recognized expert in the field of computer-assisted minimally invasive spine surgery. He is also one of only a handful of surgeons in the world to master laser endoscopic spine surgery (LESS), a state-of-the-art minimally invasive procedure that effectively treats herniated discs, radiculopathy and sciatica. The LESS procedure can be performed under local anesthesia, in a same-day setting and with a small stab incision that is covered with a bandaid. While utilizing his expert training, experience, and the latest technology, Dr. Kim also collaborates with other spine specialists at Palomar Health Orthopedic & Spine Center to achieve optimal results for each patient.

Doctor Quote

Caring for my patients means performing state-of-the-art surgeries, but also caring for my patients emotionally...with respect, concern, and empathy.

Directions to our primary location in

Escondido, CA

How Dr. Choll Kim Can Help You


  • Orthopedic Surgeon


  • Back Pain
  • Complex Spinal Disorders
  • Complex Spine Disorders
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Spinal Conditions
  • Herniated Disc / Bulging Disc
  • Leg Pain
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Disorders
  • Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
  • Sciatica / Radiculopathy
  • Scoliosis and Deformity
  • Spinal Deformities
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Tumors
  • Spondylolisthesis


  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy
  • Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF)
  • Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Back Surgery
  • Bone Graft Substitutes
  • Computer-Assisted Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
  • Laminectomy / Decompression Surgery
  • Laminoplasty
  • Laser Endoscopic Spine Surgery
  • Laser Spine Surgery
  • Microdiscectomy
  • Microscopic Decompression
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Reconstructive / Revision Spine Surgery
  • XLIF (lateral lumbar interbody fusion)

Accolades for Dr. Choll Kim

Professional Distinctions

  • Founder, Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (SMISS)
  • Founder, Minimally Invasive Spine Centers of Excellence (MIS-COE)
  • Qualified Medical Evaluator
  • Past-President, Western Orthopaedic Association - San Diego Chapter
  • Spine Surgery Fellowship - The Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Board Certifications

  • Board Certified, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Board Certified, American Board of Spine Surgery

Office Information for Dr. Choll Kim

Additional Locations

Spine Institute of San Diego
6719 Alvarado Road
Suite 308
San Diego, CA 92120
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Palomar Medical Center
2185 Citracado Parkway
Escondido, CA 92029
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Profile last updated: August 31, 2016. This information was supplied by or on behalf of the provider.