Doctor Sang D. Kim MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgeon

Sang Kim, MD, MS is a board certified spine surgeon at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and The Spine Institute in Santa Monica. He specializes in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, adult spinal deformities, revision spine surgeries, motion sparing cervical disc replacements and laminoplasties, and microsurgical decompression of the cervical and lumbar spine. He also has extensive training in primary and metastatic spine tumors.

Dr. Kim graduated with cum laude honors from Yale University with a combined Bachelors and Masters of Science degree in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. He then graduated with cum laude honors from both Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Health Science and Technology program. During this time, he was awarded the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Fellows Scholarship as well as the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Continued Education Scholarship, which funded his medical school training. He completed his surgical internship at Massachusetts General Hospital and orthopaedics residency at the Harvard Combined Orthopaedics Program. While in residency, he was a visiting fellow at Peking Third Hospital in Beijing, one of the largest spine centers in China. He went on to train at one of the most coveted spine fellowships in Washington University in St. Louis with world experts in spinal deformity and cervical spine surgery with Drs. Lawrence Lenke, Keith Bridwell and Dan Riew.

Dr. Kim has published numerous basic science and clinical science articles. He has presented at national and international meetings. He was the recipient of the Charles Ray Best Clinical Paper at The International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS) in 2013.

Having moved to the United States at the age of nine from South Korea, Dr. Kim is fluent in Korean. He is also proficient in Spanish.

Meet Dr. Kim’s Team

Maria Sandoval 

Surgery Coordinator/Administrative  Assistant
Phone: (310) 248.7368
Fax: (310) 248.7396
Email: Maria.Sandoval2@cshs.org

Luis Gatica

Cedras – Sinai Office Clinic  Scheduler (Outpatient)
Phone: (310) 248.8511
Fax: (310) 248.7396

Billing

Med-Net Billing
122 Sheldon St.
El Segundo CA 90245
Biller: Sandra Casas
Phone: (310) 322.4278 ext. 1108
Fax: (310) 322 – 6600

CURRICULUM VITAE

SANG DO KIM, M.D., M.S.
Orthopedic Spine Surgeon
The Spine Institute, Center for Spinal Restoration
Santa Monica, CA

OFFICE ADDRESSES:
Spine Center at Cedars Sinai
444 S. San Vicente Blvd., Suite 901
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Phone: (310) 248-7351
Fax: (310) 601-4592

The Spine Institute
2811 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 850
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Phone: (310) 828-7757
Fax: (310) 828-6687

POST GRADUATE TRAINING
2012-2013 Spine Fellow – Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
Mentors: Keith Bridwell, M.D., Lawrence Lenke, M.D., Dan Riew, M.D.
April 2012 Visiting Fellow – Number 3 Hospital of Beijing Medical University, Beijing, China
2008-2012       Resident – Harvard Combined Orthopaedics Residency Program, Boston, MA
Mentors: Mitchel Harris, M.D., Christopher Bono, M.D., Kirkham Wood, M.D.
2007-2008       Surgical Intern – Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

EDUCATION

2007  M.D.   Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Health Science & Technology (HST)
Cum laude
2000  M.S.  Yale University, New Haven, CT
Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry
2000  B.S.  Yale University, New Haven, CT
Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry
Cum laude
1996  I.B.  Winter Park High School, Winter Park, FL
International Baccalaureate Program, Valedictorian

EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES

2012  Co-Editor-in-Chief, Orthopaedic Journal at Harvard Medical School
2011-2012 Clinical Preceptor, HST220 Introduction to the Care of Patients,
Harvard Medical School
2007-2011 Editor, Orthopaedic Journal at Harvard Medical School
2011  Clinical Examiner, HST Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE)
2008-2009  Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Resident Council Representative
2002-2004       Editorial Staff for The Connector, HST Newsletter
2002-2003  Harvard-MIT HST Student Council President
2001-2002       Harvard Medical School Student Council Representative

HONORS2013   Charles Ray Best Clinical Paper – The International Society for the Advancement
of Spine Surgery (ISASS)
2013                    AO Spine North America Fellows Forum Abstract Winner
2012  OREF Fellowship Grant in Spine
2012   Harvard Orthopaedic Residency Best Clinical Research Award
2005  Howard Hughes Medical Institute Continued Support for the Completion of     Medical Education Scholarship
2004   Howard Hughes Medical Institute Medical Fellowship
2002    Pasteur Research Scholarship
1999  E.F. Bullard Scholarship

2003-05 Howard Hughes Research Fellow, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Advisors: Christine Seidman, M.D., Jonathan Seidman, Ph.D.
Identified a gene for atrial septal defects using mouse models
Introduced a role for actin binding proteins for cardiac morphogenesis
2000-01    Research Fellow, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Advisor: Sandra Wolin, M.D./Ph.D.
Published a role for La lupus autoantigen as a “RNA chaperone”
1998-00           Managing Editor, East Rock Institute, New Haven, CT
Advisor: Dr. Hesung Chun Koh
Assisted in writing Cultural Factors of U.S. – Korea Trade
Managing editor of Korean and Korean American Studies Bulletin

BOOK CHAPTERS
Kim SD, Buchowski JM, Lenke LG.  Posttraumatic lumbar kyphotic deformity.  In: Gupta M, Vaccaro A. Complex Spine Cases: A Collection of Current Techniques.  London UK: JP Medical Ltd. (In press)

PUBLICATIONS

Kim SD, Melikian R, Ju K, Zurakowski D, Wood KB, Bono CM, Harris MB.  Predictors of Failure of Non-operative Management of Spinal Epidural Abscesses.  (submitted to The Spine Journal)

Lee SH, Lee JC, Kim SD, Riew KD. Comparison between Anterior versus Posterior Decompressive Surgery for Multilevel Cervical Spondylotic Myeloradiculopathy.  (Submitted to JBJS)

Li W, Sun Z, Guo Z, Qi Q, Kim SD, Zeng Y, Sun C, Chen Z. Analysis of spinopelvic sagittal alignment in patients with thoracic and thoracolumbar angular kyphosis.  Spine. 2013 Jun 1; 38(13): E813-8. 2013.

Kim SD, Pedlow, Jr, FX, Grottkau B, Wain, Jr, JW, Chen YL, Ebb D, Hornicek F. Seven-Level en bloc Spondylectomy of Thoracic Chordoma in a Pre-adolescent. (Submitted to Spine)

Kim SD, DeBlasi GJ, McGuire KJ, Berger D, Mansfield FL, Wood KB. Complication Following Anterior Lumbar Spinal Fusion in Patients with a History of Prior Intra-abdominal Surgery.  Spine. (Accepted Pending Revisions)

Kim SD and Jupiter, JB. Corrective Osteotomy and Intercalary Bone Grafting to Restore the Greater Sigmoid Notch for Malunited Olecranon Fractures.  Orthopaedic Journal at Harvard Medical School. 2012.

Kim YJ, Stelzeneder D, Kalish LA, Mamisch TC, Jessel R, Kim SD, Connell P, Millis MB.  Does Periacetabular Osteotomy for Hip Dysplasia Modulate Cartilage Biochemistry?  Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. (Accepted Pending Revisions)

Kim SD, Jessel R, Zurakowski D, Millis MB, Kim YJ.  Anterior Delayed Gadolinium-enhanced MRI of Cartilage Values Predict Joint Failure After Periacetabular Osteotomy.  Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. 2012 Dec; 470(12): 3332-41.

Kim SD, Bono C, Harris MB. Lumbar Fusion in the Treatment of Infections and Tumors. Seminars in Spine Surgery. 2011 Dec; 23(4):257-265.

Wang J, Swell WF, Kim SD, Shin JT, MacRae CA, Zon LI, Seidman JG, Seidman CE. Eya4 regulation of Na+/K+-ATPase is required for sensory system development in zebrafish. Development. 2008 Oct; 135(20):3425-34.

Stroud DM, Darrow BJ, Kim SD, Zhang J, Jongbloed MR, Rentschler S, Moskowitz IP, Seidman J and Fishman GL.  Complex genomic rearrangement in CCS-LacZ transgenic mice.  Genesis. 2007 Feb; 45(2):76-82.

Schönberger J, Wang L, Shin JT, Kim SD, Depreux FS, Zhu H, Zon L, Pizard A, Kim JB, MacRae CA, Mungall AJ, Seidman JG, and Seidman CE.  Mutation in the Transcriptional Co-activator Eya4 Causes Dilated Cardiomyopathy and Sensorineural Hearing Loss.  Nature Genetics. 2005 Feb; 37, 418-422.

Kim SD, Chakshusmathi G, Rubinson DA, Wolin SL.  A La protein Requirement for Efficient pre-tRNA Folding.  EMBO Journal. 2003 Dec; 22(24): 6562-72.

Pannone BK, Kim SD, Noe DA, Wolin SL.  Multiple Functional Interactions Between Components of the LSM2-Lsm8 Complex, U6 snRNA, and the Yeast La Protein. Genetics. 2001 May;158(1): 187-96.

ABSTRACTS
Kim SD, Zhou Y, Vo K, Riew KD.  Prevalance of Myelomalacia in Cervical Spine MRIs According to Physician Specialities.  AAOS 2014 Annual Meeting.  New Orleans, LA, March 11-15, 2014.

Melikian R, Kim SD, Ju KL, Zurakowski D, Bono CM, Harris MB. Medical vs. Surgical Treatment of Spinal Epidural Abscesses in Patients with Normal Neurological Exams or Radicular Weakness.  AAOS 2014 Annual Meeting.  New Orleans, LA, March 11-15, 2014.

Kim SD, Zhou Y, Vo K, Riew KD.  Prevalance of Myelomalacia in Cervical Spine MRIs According to Physician Specialities.  CSRS 2013 Annual Meeting 2013.  Los Angeles, CA, December 5-7, 2013.

Lee JC, Lee SH, Kim SD, Riew KD. Risk Factor Analysis for Adjacent Segment Pathology in 1358 Anterior, Posterior, Fusion and Non-fusion Cervical Spine Operations.  CSRS 2013 Annual Meeting 2013.  Los Angeles, CA, December 5-7, 2013.

Neuman BJ, Kim SD, O’neill K, Peters C, Riew KD. Methods to Eliminate Postoperative Cervical Wound Infections: No Matter What the Case.  CSRS 2013 Annual Meeting 2013.  Los Angeles, CA, December 5-7, 2013.

Ju KL, Kim SD, Melikian R, Bono CM, Harris MB.  Predicting Patients with Concurrent Noncontiguous Spinal Epidural Abscess Lesions.  CSRS 2013 Annual Meeting 2013.  Los Angeles, CA, December 5-7, 2013.

Kim SD, Melikian R, Ju KL, Zurakowski D, Wood KB, Bono CM, Harris MB.  Independent Predictors of Failure of Nonoperative Management of Spinal Epidural Abscesses.  NASS 28th Annual Meeting. New Orleans, CA, October 9-12, 2013.

Neuman BJ, Lenke LG, Sides BA, Bridwell KH, Dorward IG, Oneill KR, Kim SD.  Perioperative Morbidity and Mortality in High Risk Pediatric Patients with Severe Restrictive Lung Disease Undergoing Posterior-Only Spine Deformity Surgery.  IMAST 20th Annual Meeting. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, July 10-13, 2013.

Kim SD, Bridwell KH, Lenke LG, Dorward IG, Neuman BJ, Oneill KR, Koester BS, Baldus C, and Ahmad A.  Minimum 5-year Comparison of Different Age Groups Who Underwent Primary Long Instrumented Fusions to the Sacrum for Adult Spinal Deformity.  SRS 48th Annual Meeting.  Lyon, France, September 19-21, 2013

Harris MB and Kim SD.  Predictors of Failure of Non-operative Management of Spinal Epidural Abscesses.  ISSLS Annual Meeting 2013. Scottsdale, Arizona, May 13-17, 2013

Kim SD, DeBlasi GJ, McGuire KJ, Berger D, Mansfield FL, Wood KB. Complications Following Anterior Lumbar Spinal Fusion in Patients with a History of Prior Intra-abdominal Surgery.  ISSLS Annual Meeting 2013. Scottsdale, Arizona, May 13-17, 2013

Harris MB, Kim SD and Bono CM.  Predictors of Failure of Non-operative Management of Spinal Epidural Abscesses.  ISASS 13th Annual Meeting.  Vancouver, Canada, April 3-5, 2013.

Kim SD, Bridwell KH, Lenke LG, Dorward IG, Neuman BJ, Oneill KR, Koester BS, Baldus C, and Ahmad A.  Minimum 5-year Comparison of Different Age Groups Who Underwent Primary Long Instrumented Fusions to the Sacrum for Adult Spinal Deformity.  AOSpine North America 11th Anniversary of the Fellows Forum in Banff. Alberta, Canada. March 14-17, 2013.

Kim SD, Jessel R, Zurakowski D, Millis MB, and Kim YJ. Analysis of Regional Variations in dGEMRIC Indices to Predict Outcomes from Periacetabular Osteotomy. AAOS 75th Annual Meeting.  San Francisco, CA. March 5th-9th, 2008.

Kim SD, Kim JB, Pizard A, Seidman JG, and Seidman CE.  How does TBX5 Haploinsufficiency Lead to Atrial Septal Defects?  Sixty-Fourth Annual Soma Weiss Medical & Dental Student Research Day.  Boston, MA. April 15th, 2004

Kim SD, Kim JB, Pizard A, Seidman JG, and Seidman CE. How does TBX5 Haploinsufficiency Lead to Atrial Septal Defects? Keystone Symposium: Molecular Biology of Cardiac Disease.  Keystone, CO. March 7th-12th, 2004.

Kim SD and Wolin SL.  Does binding by the La protein to nascent RNAs influence RNA folding?  RNA 2001: Sixth Annual Meeting of the RNA Society.  Alberta, Canada. May 29th – June 3rd, 2001.
ORAL PRESENTATIONS
Kim SD, Zhou Y, Vo K, Riew KD.  Prevalance of Myelomalacia in Cervical Spine MRIs According to Physician Specialities.  AAOS 2014 Annual Meeting.  New Orleans, LA, March 11-15, 2014.

Melikian R, Kim SD, Ju KL, Zurakowski D, Bono CM, Harris MB. Medical vs. Surgical Treatment of Spinal Epidural Abscesses in Patients with Normal Neurological Exams or Radicular Weakness.  AAOS 2014 Annual Meeting.  New Orleans, LA, March 11-15, 2014.

Ju KL, Kim SD, Melikian R, Bono CM, Harris MB.  Predicting Patients with Concurrent Noncontiguous Spinal Epidural Abscess Lesions.  CSRS Annual Meeting 2013.  Los Angeles, CA, December 5-7, 2013.

Kim SD, Melikian R, Ju KL, Zurakowski D, Wood KB, Bono CM, Harris MB.  Independent Predictors of Failure of Nonoperative Management of Spinal Epidural Abscesses.  NASS 28th Annual Meeting. New Orleans, CA. October 9-12, 2013.

Kim SD, Bridwell KH, Lenke LG, Dorward IG, Neuman BJ, Oneill KR, Koester BS, Baldus C, and Ahmad A.  Minimum 5-year Comparison of Different Age Groups Who Underwent Primary Long Instrumented Fusions to the Sacrum for Adult Spinal Deformity.  SRS 48th Annual Meeting.  Lyon, France, September 20, 2013

Neuman BJ, Lenke LG, Sides BA, Bridwell KH, Dorward IG, Oneill KR, Kim SD.  Perioperative Morbidity and Mortality in High Risk Pediatric Patients with Severe Restrictive Lung Disease Undergoing Posterior-Only Spine Deformity Surgery.  IMAST 20th Annual Meeting. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, July 10-13, 2013.

Harris MB and Kim SD.  Predictors of Failure of Non-operative Management of Spinal Epidural Abscesses.  ISSLS Annual Meeting 2013. Scottsdale, Arizona, May 13-17, 2013.

Harris MB, Kim SD and Bono CM.  Predictors of Failure of Non-operative Management of Spinal Epidural Abscesses.  ISASS 13th Annual Meeting.  Vancouver, Canada, April 3-5, 2013.

Kim SD, Bridwell KH, Lenke LG, Dorward IG, Neuman BJ, Oneill KR, Koester BS, Baldus C, and Ahmad A.  Minimum 5-year Comparison of Different Age Groups Who Underwent Primary Long Instrumented Fusions to the Sacrum for Adult Spinal Deformity.  AOSpine North America 11th Anniversary of the Fellows Forum in Banff. Alberta, Canada. March 14-17, 2013.

Kim SD. Clearing the C-spine. Washington University Grand Rounds Lecture.  St. Louis, MO, December 19, 2012.

Kim SD, Melikian R, Ju KL, Zurakowski D, Wood KB, Bono CM, Harris MB. Independent Predictors of Failure of Nonoperative Management of Spinal Epidural Abscesses.  Harvard Combined Orthopaedics Program Thesis Day. Boston, MA.  June 2012.

Kim SD. Peking University Third Hospital.  Beijing, China.  7-level en bloc spondylectomy for Thoracic Chordoma in Pre-adolescent.  April 2012.

Kim SD, Jessel R, Zurakowski D, Millis MB, and Kim YJ. Analysis of Regional Variations in dGEMRIC Indices to Predict Outcomes from Periacetabular Osteotomy. AAOS 75th Annual Meeting.  San Francisco, CA. March 5th-9th, 2008.

Kim SD, Kim JB, Pizard A, Seidman JG, and Seidman CE. Actin Binding Proteins May Play a Role in Atrial Septal Morphogenesis.  Harvard Genetics Journal Club.  April 2005.

Kim SD, Kim JB, Pizard A, Seidman JG, and Seidman CE. Downstream Targets of TBX5 that Lead to Atrial Septal Defects.  HHMI Medical Fellows Presentation.  Chevy Chase, MD.  May 2004.

Kim SD and Wolin SL.  Does binding by the La protein to nascent RNAs influence RNA folding?  RNA 2001: Sixth Annual Meeting of the RNA Society.  Alberta, Canada. May 29th – June 3rd, 2001.

Kim SD and Wolin SL. Does binding by the La protein to nascent RNAs influence RNA folding?  RNA Club. Yale University.  New Haven, CT.  April 2001.

POSTER PRESENTATIONS
Kim SD, Zhou Y, Vo K, Riew KD.  Prevalance of Myelomalacia in Cervical Spine MRIs According to Physician Specialities.  CSRS Annual Meeting 2013.  Los Angeles, CA, December 5-7, 2013.

Neuman BJ, Kim SD, O’neill K, Peters C, Riew KD. Methods to Eliminate Postoperative Cervical Wound Infections: No Matter What the Case.  CSRS 2013 Annual Meeting 2013.  Los Angeles, CA, December 5-7, 2013.

Kim SD, DeBlasi GJ, McGuire KJ, Berger D, Mansfield FL, Wood KB. Complications Following Anterior Lumbar Spinal Fusion in Patients with a History of Prior Intra-abdominal Surgery.  ISSLS Annual Meeting 2013. Scottsdale, Arizona, May 13-17, 2013

Kim SD, Kim JB, Pizard A, Seidman JG, and Seidman CE. How does TBX5 Haploinsufficiency Lead to Atrial Septal Defects?  Harvard Genetics Retreat.  Newport, RI. May 2004.

Kim SD, Kim JB, Pizard A, Seidman JG, and Seidman CE. How does TBX5 Haploinsufficiency Lead to Atrial Septal Defects?  Soma Weiss Day.  Harvard Medical School.  Boston, MA. April 2004.

Kim SD, Kim JB, Pizard A, Seidman JG, and Seidman CE. How does TBX5 Haploinsufficiency Lead to Atrial Septal Defects? Keystone Symposium: Molecular Biology of Cardiac Disease.  Keystone, CO. March 2004.
THESES
Independent Predictors of Failure of Non-operative Management of Spinal Epidural Abscesses. Graduation Thesis, Harvard Combined Orthopaedics Program, 2012

Filamin A Functions Downstream of TBX5 During Cardiac Septal Morphogenesis. Honors Thesis, Harvard Medical School, 2007

La Protein Requirement for Efficient pre-tRNA Folding.  Master’s Thesis, Yale University, 2000

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS
Member, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
Member, North American Spine Society (NASS)
Member, AO Spine North America (AOSNA)

MEDICAL LICENSURE
Missouri, Exp 2014 – 2012004816
California, Exp 2014 – A125380
Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery