Ramin Raiszadeh, M.D. / Paul D. Kim, M.D. / Choll W. Kim, M.D.

Spine Institute of San Diego | Alvarado, La Mesa, Mission Valley, San Diego

(619) 265-7912

6719 Alvarado Rd., #308 San Diego, CA 92120


caroline@siosd.com (For Dr. Choll W. Kim)

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(619) 265-7922


The Advanced Spine Institute is a multi-disciplinary program. This means that you will be cared for by a team of experts specially trained in the field of spine medicine. Our team includes board-certified and fellowship-trained surgeons; friendly, highly skilled nurses and therapists, pain management specialists and anesthesiologists; and an on-site pharmacist.

Working together, our entire team focuses on providing the most advanced treatment options and comprehensive care available to prevent, treat and rehabilitate conditions that affect the spinal column. Most importantly, this combined advanced medicine is tailored to your individual needs.One Centralized Point of Contactwith so many specialists and levels of care at your service, it’s good to know our personal program manager will work with you and your team of experts every step of the way to maintain a seamless coordination of care through one point of contact. From diagnosis and innovative non-surgical treatment plans to ground-breaking, minimally invasive surgery or advanced reconstructive surgery, our program manager will be with you all the way to recovery.



Board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Ramin Raiszadeh is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in the complex field of adult spinal surgery. He earned his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, where he received the Paul Harrington Award for Research. He also completed a specialized internship and residency program at Baylor before achieving the highest level of medical education and fellowship training at the University of Texas Medical School. During this fellowship, under the directorship of multiple neurosurgeons and orthopedic spine surgeons, he became skilled in treating all forms of pediatric and adult spinal conditions.

Dr. Raiszadeh uses an extensive variety of non-operative, minimally invasive and complex spinal reconstructive procedures to comprehensively improve his patients’ spinal disorders caused by adult degenerative diseases, tumors, traumatic injuries, spinal deformities, and infections. It is his philosophy that no one should be restricted from enjoying life because of spinal ailments. Therefore, he uses the most advanced non-operative, operative and rehabilitative treatments to allow patients to return to their normal activities as quickly as possible.

An exceedingly skilled surgeon, Dr. Raiszadeh has had multiple articles on operative techniques and ambulatory surgical procedures published in pre-reviewed medical journals. He is frequently invited to guest lecture at medical conferences throughout the U.S., Canada and Australia, including the Congress of Neurological Surgeons in Boston.

In addition to his private practice, research publicationsand guest lecturing commitments, Dr. Raiszadeh is an active member of professional organizations such as the North American Spine SocietyWestern Orthopedic Association and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons


  • Certification: American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Qualified Medical Examiner: State of California


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Dr. Paul D. Kim graduated with honors as a College Scholar from Cornell University. After college, he was a Ph.D. candidate at Harvard University before deciding to pursue a career in medicine. He then completed medical school at Columbia University’s College of Physicians & Surgeons and then his orthopedic surgery residency training at The New York Orthopedic Hospital at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center where he served as a chief resident. Subsequently, he completed his spine fellowship at The Spine Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Saint John’s Health Center in Los Angeles, CA.

Dr. Kim has a strong interest in research and has authored multiple book chapters and peer-reviewed scientific articles. He has presented many presentations in addition to being awarded research grants from the N.I.H. and the National Science Foundation.

Treating complex disorders of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine, Dr. Kim has an interest in minimally-invasive spine surgery, motion-sparing technology/artificial disc replacement, and use of computer-assisted navigation in appropriate patients. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), North American Spine Society (NASS) and Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (SMISS). He is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery (ABOS).

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– Co-Director of the Advanced Spine & Joint Institute at Alvarado Hospital Medical Center
– Associate Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at University of California, San Diego

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 Surgery 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 has trained and continues to train specialists throughout the country on the safe and effective application of state-of-the-art techniques using image guidance and navigation technologies.

Dr. Kim utilizes a broad range of minimally invasive treatments to effectively treat all aspects of complex spinal disorders, including herniated disks, spinal stenosis, adult scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, traumatic injuries, tumors, and infections throughout the entire spine from the neck to the low back. He is 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 disks, 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.

A leader in his field, Dr. Kim is the founder and past-president of the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (SMISS), the founder of Minimally Invasive Spine Centers of Excellence (MIS-COE), the director of the Advanced Spine & Joint Institute at Alvarado Hospital and an associate clinical professor at the University of California, San Diego.

Furthermore, Dr. Kim is a Qualified Medical Evaluator and a past voting member of the FDA Orthopedic Devices Panel, which reviews all new spinal technologies. He has designed minimally invasive instrumentation used by surgeons around the world. Dr. Kim is an active member of the North American Spine Society (NASS) and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), and a fellow of the Scoliosis Research Society. Dr. Kim has over 200 publications and presentations.

From the West:
Take the I-5 Freeway from North or South, and exit I-8 East. Exit Right on College Ave. Make a Left on Alvarado Rd., and you will see Alvarado Hospital on your right side.

From the East:
Take I-8 Freeway West to Parkway Dr. in La Mesa. Take the exit toward 70th St./ Lake Murray Blvd. Left onto Parkway Dr. Left onto Lake Murray Blvd. Turn Right onto Alvarado Rd.Dr. Choll Kim Photo

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