Meet Dr. David W. Kim
David W. Kim, M.D. is a double-board certified facial plastic surgeon, by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and by the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), the most respected association of surgeons in the world.
Dr. Kim specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face, head, and neck, with his office in the beautiful North Embarcadero area of San Francisco. His services range from major facial plastic surgery operations and laser procedures leading to dramatic improvements in appearance to non-surgical, rejuvenating office procedures with little to no down time.
He has produced over 50 papers, articles and chapters in the medical literature, and taught at over 50 conferences throughout the world. He has been course director for some of the largest facial plastic surgery meetings in the world. In addition, Dr. Kim has an extensive research background and is currently conducting several studies that aim to objectively test current methods used in facial plastic surgery and to find objective, patient-based outcome measures for plastic and reconstructive procedures.
A World-Class Rhinoplasty Surgeon
Dr. Kim is considered to be one of the top rhinoplasty surgeons in the world. Having authored over 50 articles and chapters, presented hundreds of lectures, and completed several scientific studies—all on the topic of rhinoplasty–Dr. Kim is viewed by those in his field as an expert and a leader in this surgery.
A highly sought after speaker, Dr. Kim has led or served as faculty for numerous rhinoplasty courses both nationally and internationally. He is known as the “expert’s expert”, and frequently receives referrals from other medical professionals to provide opinions or treatments for particularly complicated cases.
Because rhinoplasty is such a complex and nuanced operation, having a surgeon as experienced and skilled as Dr. Kim makes a significant difference in achieving the most optimal result possible and minimizes risk of complication or revision.
Dr. Kim is widely regarded as the San Francisco Bay Area’s Best All Around facial plastic surgeons and a world leader in rhinoplasty.
Background and Education
David W. Kim, MD received his B.A. in human biology at Stanford University and his M.D. and surgical residency training in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of California, San Diego Medical School. He completed his specialty training with a fellowship in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago. While in Chicago he trained with world-renowned facial plastic surgeons Dean Toriumi, M.D, J. Regan Thomas, M.D., and M. Eugene Tardy, M.D. and nasal reconstruction surgeon Gary Burget, M.D.
In 2003, Dr. Kim was appointed as Chief of the Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco, where he served until 2009.
David W. Kim, MD, was the principal investigator of the first ever multi-center, prospective quality of life study investigating the effectiveness of functional rhinoplasty for nasal obstruction. This study showed for the first time that rhinoplasty (in addition to traditional breathing operations such as septoplasty) can lead to significant breathing improvements and quality of life enhancement in patients. Considered a landmark study, Dr. Kim was awarded the prestigious AAFPRS Investigator Development Grant to support this research.
Dr. Kim is a member of the board of directors for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He currently serves as Western Region Director for the AAFPRS, the largest organization of facial plastic surgeons in the world. He has held numerous leadership positions in facial plastic surgery on a national level and remains actively involved as a speaker in national and international courses and meetings.
Surgical Expertise and In-Office Procedures
Dr. Kim has achieved international professional acclaim for his expertise in both primary nasal surgery and “revision rhinoplasty” (correcting prior procedures) for the improvement of both appearance and breathing, complex nasal reconstruction, facial rejuvenation surgery (facelifts, neck lifts, and forehead lifts and eyelid surgery), and reconstruction of congenital and traumatic facial deformities.
In addition, Dr. David Kim and his staff are trained in today’s most effective in-office procedures for facial rejuvenation, including Botox® Cosmetic, fillers for augmentation, fractionated CO2 laser resurfacing (with the state of the art Lumenis Active and Deep FX), and IPL – Intense Pulsed Light – skin resurfacing. His philosophy regarding cosmetic and reconstructive procedures is to strive for aesthetic improvements that are natural and harmonious with each patient’s individual features, avoiding an artificial, operated appearance.
Dr. David Kim believes in developing a close relationship with his patients so that he may learn as much as he can about their needs and concerns. It is his belief that as a surgeon, he takes on the responsibilities of educating, supporting, and counseling his patients.
In addition to performing the procedures, he is actively involved with his patients before their procedures and through every step of the recovery process. His humanistic approach coupled with his excellent background and technical skill in facial plastic surgery provides a sense of security and reassurance to his patients.