Dr. Richard Kim, MD

NeurosurgeryMaleAge 58

Dr. Kim
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DISC Sports and Spine Center

3501 Jamboree Rd Ste 1250 Newport Beach, CA 92660

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Dr. Richard Kim, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Newport Beach, CA. He is affiliated with medical facilities Orange Coast Medical Center and St. Joseph Hospital Orange. He is accepting new patients. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Kim to book an appointment.

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Dr. Kim's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Kim

3.6

Based on 45 ratings

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If Dr. Kim recommends surgery, I highly recommend you get a second opinion.
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  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Jan 24, 2021
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I do not feel any better after surgery.
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  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Dec 14, 2020
Unfortunately, some people do not experience...Read More
Went to see Dr. Kim. Was very brief with me. Spent a total of 5 mins max and said a total of 10 words. When I left I asked the front office what is the next step for me and they will contact me. 2 months later nothing. Left 2 messages and never heard back. Meanwhile I paid my $60 co-pay and they billed my insurance. Waited 1 month for this appt and complete waste of time.
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  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Aug 22, 2019
I'm sorry we dropped the ball. We were in the...Read More
Dr. Kim is amazing! When I had severe pain going down my left leg, I knew something wasn't right. I contacted my neurologist whom ordered a MRI. I was called immediately to contact a surgeon. I did not hesitate to contact Dr. Kim whom did my neck surgery six years prior with great results. When I brought in my MRI, he shared with me that I had had apiece of my disc break off and go into a nerve, in another disc area. Surgery was a must because I couldn't even lift my leg. Within a week of my d
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  • Appointment scheduling
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  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Karen in Fountain Valley, CA – Jan 12, 2019
Dr. Kim and his team were amazing! From the first consult to the surgery and post op recovery, everything went according to plan! It has now been 5 weeks since my surgery and I could not be happier with my recovery. My pain is gone and the numbness in my right leg is gone! Thank you very much! Gary Kelley
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  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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No results
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Gary Kelley in Santa Ana – Jul 15, 2018
Dr. Kim is a very through and confident doctor who answers your questions and empowers you to make critical decisions. He is also respectful and takes your input seriously. His confidence gives me confidence!! I trust the advice he is giving me! His office coordinator Amanda is awesome and takes care of all paperwork and patient needs immediately!!
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  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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No results
6 people found this helpful
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LaRon Whitfield in CA – Jun 13, 2018
Dr. Kim and Amanda are the best! I'm really glad I was referred to this practice.
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  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
4 people found this helpful
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Julie in Rancho Bernardo, CA – Apr 27, 2018
Do not use this doctor. Get another opinion. His immediate suggestion was spine surgery when I was cured with physical therapy. Even an epidural would have been better than his suggestion to go through the front of my throat to get to my spine. I had 3 doctors say he was too eager to do surgery.
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No results
What could be improved
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Rancho Santa Margarita – Mar 26, 2018
Hello, It's apparent to me that we did not...Read More
Dr. Richard B. Kim is the right hand of God. It's is just the way I feel. He is not only a kind, patient, soothing, comforting physician, he actually listens to the patient, something that is rare. He understood my frustration of finding a doctor that would actually help me, as I had been "turfed" by 5 others who didn't want to even touch the mess. He also kept my brother alive 9 years longer, due to his skilled surgery and a Clinical trial he got him into. I am forever grateful for that.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
8 people found this helpful
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Leslie in Fallbrook – Mar 06, 2018
Awesome results on the surgery that Dr. Kim performed on me recently. I have suffered for thirty plus years with chronic pain in my back and legs. Dr Kim relieved my pain completely which has improved my quality of life. I wish I had found out about Dr Kim years ago! Dr Kim's office staff (Amanda) made the pre surgery and Hospital process simple and easy for me! I hold Dr Kim and his staff of professionals in the Highest regards! I highly recommend his services! Gene Irestone
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
3 people found this helpful
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Gene Irestone – Feb 20, 2018
After our Consult app. we felt secure in choosing Dr. Richard Kim, as he explained thoroughly our goal for the surgery and rehab after surgery. He walked us every step of the way and we had great trust for him. He did an outstanding job!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
4 people found this helpful
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Robert Lindsey in Newport Beach, Calif. – Jan 27, 2018
If you're ever in need of a neurosurgeon, your first call should be to Dr. Richard Kim. He's a fabulous doctor with a fabulous staff! I was referred to Dr. Kim by a friend who was also a patient of Dr. Kim's. She raved about what a great doctor he was, so I made a consultation appointment with him and never went back to my original surgeon. Dr. Kim performed surgery on my neck and now all is well!
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Kathi in Long Beach, CA – Jan 25, 2018
Dr. Kim performed a partial Laminectomy on my L3/4 and L4/5 areas and my life has been sooo much better ever since the surgery. He is the only surgeon who saw the issue immediately and provided the least invasive approach to solve the issue. He is kind, gentle and does a great job explaining the situation and process. I highly recommend him to anyone who is in pain and needs a great outcome. He is 5 Stars in my book! The team in the office (Amanda) and the DISC center were amazing! ALOT of care!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
5 people found this helpful
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Lori in Tehahapi, CA – Jan 12, 2018
I couldn't be more happy with the level of care I received from the entire staff at Dr. Kim's office. I am currently an active duty service member and that made my process a little more complicated than normal yet their office handled it with ease and assisted me so perfectly I couldn't have possibly received better care anywhere else. Dr. Kim is an excellent surgeon and I was able to recover from this surgery twice as fast as the last time I had it.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
3 people found this helpful
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Rosamond, CA – Dec 04, 2017
I Had a 3 level cervical fusion with Dr Kim about 3 yrs ago he is very kind, compassionate Dr. just what I needed unfort I have a lot more spine issues if I ever decide to get more surgery I will def go to Dr. Kim I had PTSD from other surgeries Dr Kim is the perfect dr for that he is soft spoken and calm ..first thing he said to me is"you must be in a lot of pain" I really appreciated everything he did for me
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stephanie parido in Fountain Valley, CA – Nov 07, 2017
Dr Kim performed my initial spine surgery on my cervical spine. He was very caring and honest and I feel very fortunate that he was there for me. I cannot say enough good about the doctor and the man. Kudos to Hoag for having such a brilliant neurosurgeon on their team!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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Linda Link in Huntington Beach, CA – Oct 26, 2017
Dr. Kim was the most skilled, caring surgeon I could imagine. He answered all of my questions fully and accurately. In the 2 years since my surgery, my health has gone from abysmal, where my physical health from my ruptured disk was so bad that I could barely manage just surviving with constant extreme pain despite limiting all physical movement as much as possible, to where I am doing everything that I used to do before my injury -- skiiing, surfing, mountain biking, swimming, etc.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
3 people found this helpful
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Matt I. in Irvine, CA – Mar 28, 2017
Dr. Kim has been my neurosurgeon since August, 2014. To date, he's performed 3 surgeries on me (2 spine, 1 brain) and #4 is in a few weeks (brain). He is kind, gentle, pleasant and pays close attention to his patients. His staff is absolutely the best, hands down. I trust Dr. Kim implicitly to the point of calling and getting recommendations from him for other types of surgeons. I like that he's not quick to rush to surgery. He explores lots of other options first and then proceeds.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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Irvine, CA – Feb 28, 2017
Dr. Kim operated on my wife after she was hit by a truck while training on her bicycle for Ironman. She had a burst fracture of her L1 vertebrae. His expertise and manner were the best I have ever experienced. My wife has fully recovered from her serious injuries. The surgery was 9 hours and she was hospitalized for around a month. This happened 10 years ago. I still think of Dr. Kim frequently and we are both so thankful he was our surgeon.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
5 people found this helpful
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Peter Frey in Newport Beach, CA – Jul 24, 2016
It's been a year now since dr Kim performed my c -spine fusion. I'm happy to say I'm doing Great!! Best surgeon and great staff and also great hospitals
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
5 people found this helpful
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Christina Gudino – Apr 12, 2016

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About Me

Care Philosophy

We provide a combination of compassionate, personalized care with state-of-the-art technology to tailor treatment options to each patients individual's situation.

Biography

Born and raised in Southern California, Dr. Kim earned his Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from University of California, Riverside. This followed...Read more

Specialties

  • Neurosurgery
  • Brain Injury Medicine
  • Cerebrovascular Disorders
  • Minimally Invasive Neurological Spine Surgery

Board Certifications

Education

New York University Medical Centertisch Hospital
Residency Hospital
New York University Medical Centertisch Hospital
Internship Hospital
1998
Yale University
Fellowship Hospital

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish

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What are Dr. Richard Kim, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Kim frequently treats Cranial Trauma, Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement), and Broken Neck. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Kim treats.

Where is Dr. Richard Kim, MD's office located?

Dr. Kim's office is located at 3501 Jamboree Rd Ste 1250, Newport Beach, CA 92660. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

What languages does Dr. Richard Kim, MD speak?

Dr. Kim speaks Spanish and English. View profile to see all.

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1 disciplinary action Found
  • Gross Negligence (12/4/2018)View details
No malpractice claims found for California
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Kim's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Cranial Trauma
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Kim treats Cranial Trauma more than 89% of his peers

Dr. Kim treats this condition more than 89% of his peers

Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Kim treats Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement) more than 79% of his peers

Dr. Kim treats this condition more than 79% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Brachial Neuritis
  • Neuritis
  • Neuritis With Brachial Predilection
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Peripheral Neuritis
  • Polyneuritis
  • Radiculitis
  • Ulnar Neuritis
  • Vestibular Neuritis
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Broken Neck
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Kim treats Broken Neck more than 78% of his peers

Dr. Kim treats this condition more than 78% of his peers

Dr. Kim's conditions and procedures:

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Aneurysm
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) Brain
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Abscess
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain Surgery
  • Broken Neck
  • Cancer
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari Malformation Type 1
  • Chiari Malformation Type 2
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Deep Brain Stimulation
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Disc Replacement
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epilepsy
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Interlaminar Spacer
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Intracranial Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) Repair
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Laminoforaminotomy
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Neurostimulator Implantation
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pituitary Tumor
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Repair Intracranial Aneurysm
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Skull Base Surgery
  • Spinal Compression Fracture Repair
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fracture Treatment
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Spinal or Cranial
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Upper Back Pain
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vertebral Column Tumors

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Dr. Kim accepts the following insurance:

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Choice Plus POS II
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Select Plus HMO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
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Locations

DISC Sports and Spine Center

Newport Beach3501 Jamboree Rd Ste 1250 Newport Beach, CA 92660
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Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Kim is affiliated with the following hospitals. Select a hospital below to learn more.

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Orange Coast Medical Center

Fountain Valley, CA

72% Patient Experience Rating, 3% higher than the national average

St. Joseph Hospital Orange

Orange, CA

79% Patient Experience Rating, 10% higher than the national average

10 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2020)

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