Dr. Michael Kim is a fellowship-trained neurosurgeon and Assistant Clinical Professor of Neurological Surgery at the UC Irvine School of Medicine. He specializes in cerebrovascular, minimally invasive, and open skull base surgery. His clinical interests include brain tumors, neuro-oncology, and complex cranial surgery. His training allows him to offer the most up-to-date and advanced care to his patients.
Dr. Kim received his education and training on the East Coast before returning to his native California. He attended Brown University for both his undergraduate and medical degrees after being accepted to the highly competitive Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME), the only combined baccalaureate-MD program in the Ivy League. He then completed his internship and residency in neurosurgery at New York Medical College at Westchester Medical Center, where he served as Clinical Instructor of Neurosurgery. He was also chosen by the medical center administration to run the New York City Marathon as a representative of the hospital. During his year as chief resident, he was nominated by medical students to receive the Alpha Omega Alpha Resident Teaching Award, a prestigious accolade from the national medical honor society recognizing excellence in medical student teaching and commitment to education. He then completed a fellowship in Skull Base Surgery at the UC Irvine School of Medicine, where he now serves as faculty.
Dr. Kim’s research and operative videos in skull base, neuro-oncology, and neuro-trauma have led to dozens of peer reviewed journal publications, abstracts, and presentations at national conferences. Dr. Kim is on staff at UCI Medical Center, Long Beach Medical Center, and Los Alamitos Medical Center. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, running, listening to audiobooks, and playing chess.