Get to Know Dr Kim

What is your background?

“I was born and raised in San Jose, CA where my parents are still living and retired. I started my education at UCLA and Drexel University before attending medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. I am fellowship trained in adult reconstruction (joint replacement surgery) at the University of California, Davis Medical Center.”

What drew you to orthopedics?

“I was a Physiology major in college and the topic I found most interesting was Biomechanics- how human anatomy allows us to function and move the way we do. Biomechanics is at the heart of orthopedics and how we utilize modern medicine and technology to heal or reconstruct the human body to normal biomechanics. Seeing instant results from our surgeries, bringing back function and decreasing pain is what I find so rewarding about the work that I do.”

What topics in orthopedics are you most passionate about?

“I am most passionate about giving back people’s functional ability to carry out their activities of daily living and freeing them from the pain and disability that arthritis can cause.”

“Although I am fellowship trained in joint replacement, I have also had excellent training working with some of the most recognized surgeons in the world during my residency in Philadelphia. Working at establishments such as the Rothman Institute, New England Baptist, Cooper University and Philadelphia Hand to Shoulder Center I was able to operate with some of the biggest names in orthopedics and I learned the most up to date surgical techniques and research.”

“With this training I strive to provide my patients at the Heekin Clinic with the latest proven surgical advancements such as computer navigated joint replacement surgery with the MAKO robot, various surgical approaches to the hip including Direct Anterior approach, multimodal pain management to decrease their pain and discomfort after surgery, leading to faster recovery.”

How is life living in Northeast Florida?

“I enjoy spending my free time outdoors, playing golf or going to the beach with my girlfriend and our two rescue dogs. We are also avid scuba divers, and both have our advanced open water scuba certifications.”

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