Meet Dr. Kim

Dr_kimTerrence T. Kim, MD is a board certified Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon at the Cedars-Sinai Spine Center. He is also dual-appointed in the Department of Neurosurgery as a Teaching Faculty Member. He specializes in cervical, thoracic and lumbar disorders of the spine, degenerative disorders, spinal trauma, adult and pediatric deformity, minimally invasive surgery, cervical and lumbar disc arthroplasty, motion preservation technology, and spinal surgery with image guidance and computer-assisted navigation.

Dr. Kim’s research started in spinal trauma, but has more recently encompassed degenerative spine, complex scoliosis spine and adult deformity. Dr. Kim’s work has been accepted and presented at both national and international meetings, and he is the author of numerous peer-reviewed spine-related articles and book chapters.

After graduating as a Dean’s Scholar from Cornell University, Dr. Kim attended the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, where he earned his medical degree. He completed his residency in Orthopaedic surgery at the University of Maryland/Shock Trauma Hospital. He served as the Academic Chief Resident his final year, responsible for resident teaching and education. While in residency, he also trained in pediatric spine, complex adult spine and musculoskeletal oncology at Johns Hopkins Hospital.


Dr. Kim completed his fellowship in spinal surgery at the Cedars-Sinai Institute for Spinal Disorders. He received extensive training in both Orthopaedic and Neurosurgery Spine surgery techniques during his fellowship and continues to combine them in his minimally invasive, degenerative and deformity practice.

Dr. Kim’s research interests are comprehensive and reflect his specialties in the areas of spine surgery. These interests include minimally invasive surgical procedures, motion preservation technology, cervical spine deformity correction, developing a classification for adult scoliosis, outcomes in spondylolisthesis patients, and emerging technology in CT-image guidance and computer-assisted navigation surgery. In addition to his research duties, he also participates in daily training of post-graduate fellow spine surgeons and residents at Cedars-Sinai. He is also Teaching Faculty for both the Department of Orthopaedics and Neurosurgery.

Dr. Kim is a member of several professional societies including the North American Spine Society (NASS), Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). He is fluent in conversational Korean.

Dr. Kim stays ahead of technology and aims to define the forefront of evolving in spinal care. If you are considering a specialists in spine care, please contact us at 310-423-9716 or fill out or contact form for more information.