Biography

Dr. Daniel Kim has won numerous awards and honors, authored hundreds of papers and published 20 surgical textbooks, and is a preeminent researcher in peripheral nerve repair through nerve transfer and nerve graft. He is also recognized for his work in neurorehabilitation through robotics and cortical stimulation, spinal biomechanics and innovative neuromodulation treatments for chronic pain. Dr. Kim is also adjunct professor in the department of Bioengineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Rice University.

Dr. Kim served as a professor in the departments of Neurosurgery and Orthopedic Surgery at the Baylor College of Medicine (BCM). He was the director of spinal neurosurgery and reconstructive peripheral nerve surgery for both programs. Before that, he was a full professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

A graduate of the University of Oklahoma in chemical engineering, Dr. Kim received his medical degree at Tulane University School of Medicine before completing his neurosurgery residency at Louisiana State University. He completed a fellowship in spine surgery at the University of Florida with Richard Fessler, M.D., Ph.D.

Board Certifications

Diplomate, American Board of Neurological Surgery
Fellow, American College of Surgeons

Education

Graduate School
Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana
Internship
Ochsner Foundation Hospital, New Orleans, Louisiana (General Surgery)
Residency
Louisiana State University, New Orleans, Louisiana
Fellowship
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida (Complex Reconstructive Spinal Surgery)

Areas of Interests

Research Interests

Research
• Robotic surgery
• Neuromodulation
• Radiographic nerve imaging
• Minimally invasive spine surgery
• Development of endoscopic spinal surgery
• Computer modeling of a spinal motion segment
• Reconstruction of peripheral nerve injuries

Publications

Publication Information

Book Publications

  1. Kim DH, Betz R, Huhn S, Newton P (eds). Surgery of the Pediatric Spine. New York: Thieme Medical Publishers; June 2008.
  2. Kim DH, Ludwig SC, Vaccaro AR, Chang JC (eds). Atlas of Spine Trauma: Adult and Pediatric. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; July 2008.
  3. Perez-Cruet M, Pimenta L, Beisse R., Kim DH (eds) Minimally Invasive Spine Fusion: Techniques and Operative Nuances. St. Louis, MO: Quality Medical Publishing; 2009.
  4. Kim DH, Kim Y, Kim K (eds). Minimally Invasive Percutaneous Spinal Techniques. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; September 2010.
  5. Kim DH, Choi G, Lee SH (eds). Endoscopic Spine Procedures. New York: Thieme Medical Publishers; January 2011.
  6. Kim DH, Vacarro AR, Whang PG, Kim SH, Kim SD (eds). Lumbo-Sacral and Pelvic Procedures. St. Louis, MO: Quality Medical Publishing; 2012.
  7. Kim DH, Henn JS, Vaccaro A, Dickman CA (eds): Surgical Anatomy and Techniques to the Spine, 2nd Edition. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2012.
  8. Kim DH, Hudson AR, Kline DG. (eds): Atlas of Peripheral Nerve Surgery, 2nd Edition. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2012
  9. Kim DH, Cammisa FP, Fessler RG, Sengupta DK, Yoon DH (eds). Dynamic Reconstruction of the Spine, 2nd Edition. New York: Thieme Medical Publishers; 2012.
  10. Kim DH, Liebschner MA, Computer-Aided Tissue Engineering .Humana Press; in progress 2012
  11. Kim DH, Vaccaro AR, Fessler RG, Radcliff KE, Trontis A (eds) Spinal Instrumentation, Second Edition. New York: Thieme Medical Publishers, 2015.
  12. Vaccaro AR, Koerner JD, Kim DH (eds) Recent Advances in Spinal Surgery. Philadelphia, PA: JP Medical Publishers, 2015.

Journal Publications

  1. Shim CS, Park SW, Lee SH, Lim TJ, Chun KS, Kim DH. Biomechanical evaluation of an interspinous stabilizing device, Locker. Spine. 2008. 33 (22):E820-E827.
  2. Elder BD, Vigneswaran K, Athanasiou KA, Kim DH. Biomechanical, biochemical, and histological characterization of canine lumbar facet joint cartilage. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine. June 2009. 10(6):623-8.
  3. Viswanathan A, Kim DH, Reid N, Kline DG. Surgical management of the pelvic plexus and lower abdominal nerves. Neurosurgery. 2009. 65(4 Suppl):A44-51.
  4. Yeremeyeva E, Kline DG, Kim DH. Iatrogenic sciatic nerve injuries at buttock and thigh levels: The Louisiana State University experience review. Neurosurgery. 2009. 65(4 Suppl):A63-A66.
  5. Kitagawa R, Kim DH, Reid N, Kline DG. Surgical management of obturator nerve lesions. Neurosurgery. 2009. 65(4 Suppl):A24-8.
  6. Elder BD, Kim DH, Athanasiou, KA. Developing an articular cartilage decellularization process towards facet joint cartilage replacement. Neurosurgery. 2010;66(4):722-7; discussion 727.
  7. Saetia K, Cho DS, Lee SK, Kim DH, Kim SD. Ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament: a review. Neurosurg Focus. 2011;30(3):E1.
  8. Fahim DK, Sun K, Tawackoli W, Mendel E, Rhines LD, Burton A, Kim DH, Ehni BL, Liebschner M. Premature adjacent vertebral fracture after vertebroplasty: A biomechanical study. Neurosurgery. 2011;69(3):733-44.
  9. Fahim DK, Kim SD, Cho DS, Lee SK, Kim DH. Avoiding abdominal flank bulge after anterolateral approaches to the thoracolumbar spine: cadaveric study, electrophysiological investigation, and technical note. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine. 2011;15(5):532-40.
  10. Kim SD, Lee SK, Fahim DK, Kim DH. Minithoracotomy-transdiaphragmatic approach to the thoracolumbar spine: technical note. Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery. (Submitted Jan. 2012).
  11. Park SH, Esquenzai Y, Kline DG, Kim DH. Surgical outcomes of 156 spinal accessory nerve injuries caused by lymph node biopsy procedures. Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine. 2015.

Book Chapters

  1. Kim DH, “Nerve Action Potential Recordings” In Kim DH Hudson AR, Kline DG. (eds): Atlas of Peripheral Nerve Surgery, 2nd Edition. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2012
  2. Kim DH, “Nerve Transfers” In Kim DH Hudson AR, Kline DG. (eds): Atlas of Peripheral Nerve Surgery, 2nd Edition. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2012
  3. Kim DH, “High Cervical Retropharyngeal Approach to the Craniocervical Junction” (Sungsam Jung, DH Kim) In Kim DH, Henn JS, Vaccaro A, Dickman CA (eds): Surgical Anatomy and Techniques to the Spine, 2nd Edition. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2012.
  4. Kim DH, “Anterior Approaches to the Cervicothoracic Junction” (Ilsup Kim, DH Kim) (Sungsam Jung, DH Kim) In Kim DH, Henn JS, Vaccaro A, Dickman CA (eds): Surgical Anatomy and Techniques to the Spine, 2nd Edition. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2012.
  5. Kim DH, “Thoracoscopic and posterior Endoscopic approaches to Thoracic spine” (Ilsup Kim, DH Kim) In Kim DH, Henn JS, Vaccaro A, Dickman CA (eds): Surgical Anatomy and Techniques to the Spine, 2nd Edition. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2012.
  6. Kim DH, “Surgical Anatomy and Posterior Approach to Thoracic/TL Spine” (Jai joon Shim, DH Kim)In Kim DH, Henn JS, Vaccaro A, Dickman CA (eds): Surgical Anatomy and Techniques to the Spine, 2nd Edition. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2012.
  7. Kim DH, “Thoracoabdominal Approach to Thoracolumbar Junction” (Jai joon Shim, DH Kim)In Kim DH, Henn JS, Vaccaro A, Dickman CA (eds): Surgical Anatomy and Techniques to the Spine, 2nd Edition. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2012.
  8. Kim DH, “Surgical Decompression and Stabilization for Lumbar Lesions” (Osteomyelitis, Tumors) (Jai joon Shim, DH Kim) In Kim DH, Henn JS, Vaccaro A, Dickman CA (eds): Surgical Anatomy and Techniques to the Spine, 2nd Edition. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2012.
  9. Kim DH, “PLIF and TLIF” (Ilsup Kim, DH Kim) In Kim DH, Henn JS, Vaccaro A, Dickman CA (eds): Surgical Anatomy and Techniques to the Spine, 2nd Edition. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2012.
  10. Kim DH, “Surgical Resection of Sacral Tumors/Sacrolectomy and lumbar pelvic reconstruction” (Ilsup Kim, DH Kim) In Kim DH, Henn JS, Vaccaro A, Dickman CA (eds): Surgical Anatomy and Techniques to the Spine, 2nd Edition. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2012.

Book Reviews

  1. Kim DH, Jahng TA, Fu TS (2002). [Review of the book Master Cases in Spine Surgery, Vaccaro AR, Albert TJ (eds), New York: Thieme Medical Publishers, 2000.] Neurosurgery 50(4), 919-920.
  2. Spivak C, Kim DH (2004). [Review of the book Spinal Restabilization Procedures: Diagnostic, Therapeutic Aspects of Intervertebral Fusion Cages, Artificial Discs, Mobile Implants. Kaech DL, Jinkins JR (eds)] Philadelphia: Elsevier Science, 2002, August 2004.
  3. Spivak C, Kim DH (2004). [Review of the book Complications of Pediatric, Adult Spinal Surgery, Vacarro AR, Regan JJ, et al, (eds)] New York: Marcel Dekker, November 2004.
  4. Kim DH (2004). [Review of the book Current Minimally Invasive Surgical Techniques for the Lumbar Spine.] Emerging Spinal Technologies, St. Louis, Missouri: Quality Medical Publishing, February 2004.
  5. Kim DH (2004). [Review of the book Future Directions of Minimally Invasive Spinal Surgery.] Emerging Spinal Technologies, St. Louis, Missouri: Quality Medical Publishing, February 2004.

Review Articles/Case Reports

  1. Lee MC, Kim DH. Surgical management of osseous hemangioblastoma of the thoracic spine: Case report. Neurosurgery. January 2005.
  2. Lee MC, Kim DH. Pathological fracture of the atlas secondary to multiple myeloma: Special report. Neurosurgery. March 2005.
  3. Lee MC, Kim DH. Spinal extradural meningeal cyst with spinal stenosis: Case report. Neurosurgery. March 2005.
  4. Lee MC, Kim DH. Micro endoscopic discectomy compared to standard micro surgical discectomy in treating uncontained or large contained disc herniations: Clinical studies. Neurosurgery. March 2005.
  5. Lee MC, Kim DH. Image-guided trans-sacral approach to pre-sacral lesions of nerve root origin: A technical note. Neurosurgery. March 2005.
  6. Lee MC, Kim DH. Extreme lateral disc herniation mimicking a nerve sheet tumor: A case report. Neurosurgery. March 2005.
  7. Lee MC, Kim DH. Surgical management of osseous hemangioblastoma of the thoracic spine: case report. Neurosurgery. April 2005.
  8. Lee MC, Kim DH. Tumoral calcinosis of the filum terminale: case report. Neurosurgery. April 2005.
  9. Murovic JA, Kim DH. The posterior subscapular approach to the brachial plexus. Neurosurgery. February 2005.
  10. Murovic JA, Kim DH. Missle-caused complete lesions of the peroneal nerve and peroneal division of the sciatic nerve. Results of 157 repairs. Neurosurgery. March 2005.

Abstracts

  1. Kim DH, Lim J, Lee MC: Biomechanical testing of Metal-metal (Prestige), Metal-polymer (ProDisc) and Elastomeric (Kinesis-C) cervical artificial discs. World Spine III: The Third Interdisciplinary Congress on Spine Care. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (July 31–August 3, 2005). (Submitted December 2004)
  2. Kim DH, Murovic JA, Kim YY, Tiel RL, Kline DG: Posterior Interosseous Nerve: Management and Outcomes of 45 Operative Entrapments/Injuries. Congress of Neurological Surgeons, 55th Annual Meeting. Boston, MA (October 8–13, 2005).
  3. Ryu SI, Lee M, Park J, Kim DH: Outcomes of Vertebral Body Replacement with an Expandable Cage in 120 Patients. Congress of Neurological Surgeons, 55th Annual Meeting. Boston, MA (October 8–13, 2005).
  4. Park J, Brara H, Wang MY, Lee M, Kim SM, Kim DH: Posterior C1-C2 Pedicle Screw Rod Fixation: Surgical Outcome of 40 Patients and Biomechanical in vitro Study. Congress of Neurological Surgeons, 55th Annual Meeting. Boston, MA (October 8–13, 2005).
  5. Lee M, Wang MY, Park J, Ryu SI, Kim DH: Instrumentation in Spinal Infection. Congress of Neurological Surgeons, 55th Annual Meeting. Boston, MA (October 8–13, 2005).
  6. Chang UK, Lim JT, Kim DH: A Biomechanical Study of Thoracolumbar Junction Fixation Using Anterior/SI Dual Rods (5.5 mm) Compared to Kaneda Rods (6.35 mm). Congress of Neurological Surgeons, 55th Annual Meeting. Boston, MA (October 8–13, 2005).
  7. Lee M, Park J, Ryu SI, Kim DH: Expandable VBRTM Cage Placement via Costotransversectomy. Congress of Neurological Surgeons, 55th Annual Meeting. Boston, MA (October 8–13, 2005).
  8. Kim DH, Lee M, Park J, Lim JT: Range of Motion of Cervical Spine Arthroplasty with Spinal Kinetics (Elastomer), ProDisc-C (Metal to UHMWPE), Prestige (Metal only) Artificial Discs and Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion. Congress of Neurological Surgeons, 55th Annual Meeting. Boston, MA (October 8–13, 2005).
  9. Kim DH, Lee M, Park J, Lim JT: Adjacent Disc Pressure and Facet Force Comparison for Cervical Spine Arthroplasty with Spinal Kinetics, ProDisc-C, Prestige Artificial Discs and Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion. Congress of Neurological Surgeons, 55th Annual Meeting. Boston, MA (October 8–13, 2005).
  10. Patil CG, Kim DH, Morton JM: National Trends, Costs and Outcomes of Lumbar Spinal Fusion from 1993 to 2002. Congress of Neurological Surgeons, 55th Annual Meeting. Boston, MA (October 8–13, 2005).