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Richard Kim, M.D.

Richard Kim, M.D.

Born and raised in Southern California, Dr. Richard Kim earned his undergraduate degree in biochemistry from University of California, Riverside. This followed with a Master of Science in biochemistry and neurophysiology. He then earned his medical degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine in Missouri, graduating Magna Cum Laude.

Recent Posts


When is it Time to See a Doctor for Back Pain?

If you’re experiencing neck or back pain, there are several decisions you’ll need to make before visiting the doctor. Based on the amount of pain you’re in, the degree to which the pain is...

Artificial Discs

How Long Does Artificial Disc Replacement Last After Surgery?

Knee replacements and hip replacements have long been used to improve pain or loss of function for these parts of the body. Using a similar concept, artificial disc replacement was developed to treat...

Cervical Discs

ACDF Surgery: What You Need to Know

Almost everyone will experience some degree of degeneration, or wearing down, of the cushiony discs in their spine as they age. For some people, this process doesn’t cause any problems, but for...

Spine Health

Everything You Should Know about Cervical Laminoplasty Surgery

If you’ve been diagnosed with spinal cord compression in your neck, a procedure called cervical laminoplasty may be an option for treating it. But as with any surgery, it’s important you have all the...


Knowing the Common Symptoms of Cervical Spinal Stenosis

Have you been suffering from neck pain? Neck pain is very common, and it can occur for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you slept in an uncomfortable position, or you strained a muscle in your neck...

Cervical Discs

What is ALIF and is it Right For Me?

Low back pain is a common occurrence, and while the majority of cases will resolve with time, some people may require surgery to relieve their pain. A surgical technique called Anterior Lumbar...

Patient Education

Meet the Doctor Series: Dr. Richard Kim

You may know Dr. Richard Kim as a neurosurgeon and spine specialist at DISC Sports & Spine Center. But at DISC, our doctors go beyond just their titles. Did you know, for example, that Dr. Kim loves...

Herniated Discs

Can a Herniated Disc Heal on its Own?

We know certain spine conditions can develop as we age because of wear and tear over time. However, in my practice as a spine surgeon, I see a lot of young and active individuals who have herniated...

Patient Education

Understanding the Basics of ALIF

Spine surgery isn’t one-size-fits-all. When my patients come in to discuss surgery, it’s important to develop an individualized approach and tailor their treatment to what’s best for their particular...

Patient Education

What is Microdiscectomy?

by: Richard Kim, MD

As a physician who specializes in microdiscectomies, I see a number of patients who experience back and leg pain as the result of a herniated disc in their spine. Sometimes, this...

Patient Education

Can ACDF Relieve Your Chronic Neck Pain?

When you are suffering from chronic neck pain, you are probably acutely aware of it most moments of your day. Whether you feel pain with every turn of your head or experience numbness and weakness...

Patient Education

Do You Suffer from Facet Joint Syndrome?

Are you suffering from back or neck pain, but unsure of the cause? One common source of pain in this area originates in the facet joints of your spine, leading to a condition called facet joint...