About Dr. Richard Kim

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.


Dr. Kim's take on minimally invasive spine surgery

Dr. Kim’s post-graduate training included an internship and residency at New York University Medical Center and a fellowship in epilepsy surgery at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Kim serves as program director of Hoag Epilepsy Center, a member of DISC Sports & Spine Center, and is a diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgeons.

An active researcher, Dr. Kim has published numerous scientific articles and chapters in neurosurgical textbooks, on subjects ranging from surgery for epilepsy to complex spine surgery. He has also been an invited speaker at many professional conferences.Dr. Kim is active in many professional organizations, serving on committees with the American Epilepsy Society, the Epilepsy Foundation of America and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.

Dr. Kim believes DISC & Hoag’s Neurosciences Institute offers the best of modern technology and leading-edge treatments with a very personalized and responsive, patient-centered approach. As medical director, Dr. Kim has been instrumental in establishing a world-class epilepsy center at Hoag Hospital.

Dr. Kim’s expertise spans a broad range, beyond epilepsy surgery and complex brain mapping. He is an accomplished surgeon of the spine, with a very busy practice in cervical, thoracic, and lumbar complex surgery. Dr. Kim also helps lead Hoag’s Pituitary Tumor program, and has pioneered a minimally invasive endoscopic approach to resection of pituitary tumors.