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National Leader in Total Spine Health

National Leader in Total Spine Health

Dr. Sunny S. Kim

Dr. Sunny S. Kim

Dr. Sunny S. Kim is a board certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon with 25 years of experience. He has treated more than 15,000 patients. Dr. Kim is very skilled treating all types of spinal issues but is also one of the few spinal surgeons in the nation who is able to treat complicated spinal deformity cases that require vertebral column resections and pedicle subtraction osteotomies.

As mentioned, Dr. Kim averages more than 500 surgical spinal cases each year. He is among a select number of surgeons in the United States who can take out a thoracic disc herniation via XLIF in a minimally invasive manner. He also specializes in performing complex cervical spine surgeries which require a high degree of expertise, including XLIF, OLLIF, Kyphoplasty, TranS1, SI joint fusion and artificial disc replacement.

 

Surgical Experience

  • Orthopedic Spine Surgeon (2009-current): Inspired Spine – Tri-State Brain Spine Institute
  • Chief of Surgery (2007 to 2009): Douglas County Hospital, Alexandria, Minnesota
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgeon (2002-2013): Central Minnesota Spine Center, Alexandria, Minnesota
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgeon (1990-2002): Institute for Low Back and Neck Care, Minneapolis
  • Orthopedic Spine Surgeon (1989-1990): St. Croix Orthopedics, Stillwater, Minnesota

 

Medical Education

  • Fellowship (1988-1989): Spine Surgery Fellowship, Minnesota Spine Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • Residency (1985-1988): Orthopedic Surgery, Columbia University New York, NY
  • Internship (1984-1985): Internal Medicine, Evanston Hospital Evanston, Illinois
  • Internship (1983-1984): General Surgery, Loyola University Chicago, Illinois
  • Medical School (1979-1983): The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, ranked #5 among medical schools in the nation at matriculation

 

Hospital Privileges

  • Douglas County Hospital – Alexandria, Minnesota
  • Lake Region Hospital – Fergus Falls, Minnesota
  • Riverview Health Care – Crookston, Minnesota
  • Maple Grove Hospital – Maple Grove, Minnesota
  • North Memorial Hospital – Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • University of Minnesota Medical Center – Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Fairview Southdale Hospital – Edina, Minnesota
  • Fairview Ridges Hospital – Burnsville, Minnesota
  • Center for Restorative Surgery – Maple Grove, Minnesota
  • Fairview Ridges Surgery Center – Burnsville, Minnesota
  • Grand Forks Surgery Center – Grand Forks, North Dakota

 

Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1991; Re-certified 2001 through 2010; Re-certified 2010 through 2021
  • American Board of Spine Surgery, 1999; Re-certified 2014 through 2024

 

Society Memberships

  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • North American Spine Society
  • Korean American Spine Society
  • American College of Spine Surgery
  • Society of Lateral Access Surgeons

 

Research

  • 1986 – Intervertebral disc nutrition at Columbia University
  • 1978 – Magnetic Resonance Studies at Argonne National Laboratory
  • 1978 – X ray diffraction studies of proteins at Argonne National Laboratory

 

Studies & Publications

  1. S.W. Kim and S. Kim (2012) Diabetic Myonecrosis. Spine 2012
  2. Kim, S. S. (1992, August) Revision surgery for failed back surgery syndrome
  3. Smith, M.D. & Kim, S. S. (1990) Herniated cervical disc resulting from discography J. of Spinal Disorders 3 (4), 392-395
  4. Kim, S. S. (1990) Factors affecting fusion rate in adult spondylolisthesis Spine 15 (9)
  5. Kim, S. S. (1983) Spondylolisthesis. A Review. Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation 1993; 3 (4), 14-23
  6. Kim, S. S. (1982) Small angle neutron scattering study of Bence-Jones protein mcg: comparison of structures in crystal and solution. Biochemistry 21, 2874-2878

 

Presentations

  • 2012: Korean Spine Fracture Symposium – Seoul, South Korea
    Presentation: Lateral Approach to Thoracolumbar Spine
  • 2011: Korean American Spine Society Meeting – Los Angeles, California
    Presentation on Epidural Hematoma
  • 2008: 3rd Korean American Society Meeting – Maui, Hawaii
    Presentation: Horner’s Syndrome as Complication of Cervical Spine Surgery
  • 1989: Scoliosis Research Society – Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Presentation on Isthmic Spondylolisthesis
  • 1989: American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons – Las Vegas, Nevada
    Presentation on Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

 

Moderator Responsibilities

  • 2007: 2nd Annual Korean American Spine Surgery Meeting – Orlando Florida
  • 2001: Minneapolis: Co-Chair of a cadaver course on transforaminal posterior lumbar interbody fusions sponsored by Depuy Acromed with gathering of more than 200 orthopedic and neurological spine surgeons
  • 2001: International Spine Surgery Symposium – Kwang Ju, South Korea

 

Teacher / Instructor Responsibilities

  • 2001: Whistler Spine Course – Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
    Course: 100 Consecutive Single Level Cervical Fusions with or without Plate
    Course: Whistler Spine Surgery Course
  • 2001: Minneapolis: Co-Chair of a cadaver course on transforaminal posterior lumbar interbody fusions sponsored by Depuy Acromed with gathering of more than 200 orthopedic and neurological spine surgeons
  • 1998-2002: Institute for Low Back and Neck Care – Minneapolis, MN
    Weekly Teaching of Internal Medicine Residents