Choll W. Kim, M.D.

Spine Institute of San Diego | Escondido

(619) 265-7912

637 E. Grand Ave. Escondido, CA 92025

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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.

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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.

Specialty: Spine Surgeon


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