David Kim, MD
Dr. Kim graduated from UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He completed his residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Thomas Jefferson University. After graduating, he became an Assistant Professor at MCP/Hahnemann University. As a PM&R physician at Hahnemann, also known as a physiatrist, Dr. Kim developed expertise in treating many diverse conditions such as stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury, cardiac & pulmonary conditions, neurologic disease, orthopedic injuries, and chronic pain. He is board certified in both PM&R and Pain Medicine.
After several years at Hahnemann University, he opened his private practice focusing on Pain Management. This was due in large part to own experiences with severe debilitating chronic pain. After trying all conventional treatment he discovered Trigger Point Needling (TPN), a revolutionary treatment developed by Chan Gunn, MD. Dr. Kim learned the treatment from Dr. Gunn and became one of a handful of certified instructors in the U.S. Dr. Kim integrates other treatment modalities including therapeutic exercise and stress management. He conducts clinical research with a number of universities and has several ongoing projects. He has written a comprehensive article, The Evolution of Acupuncture for the medical journal “Seminars of Integrative Medicine”. He has lectured locally, nationally, and internationally for a variety of audiences including the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He has further broadened his skills through the Integrative Medicine Center at Jefferson University, where he was one of 3 physicians in the state of Pennsylvania awarded a Bravewell Fellowship to study Integrative Medicine with Andrew Weil, M.D.
Dr. Kim is very involved in his professional community. On a local level, he is the Past President of the NJ Society of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, a past NJ Delegate to the Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee (CAC), a member of NJ PIP (Personal Injury Protection) coalition, and is an active member of the NJ Medical Society and the Philadelphia Pain Society. On a national level, he was the Past President of the National Myofascial Pain Special Interest Group, a member of the American Academy of PM&R, and a member of the AMA. He was a recipient of the Physician of the Year Award by the NRCC and has been asked to provide input on health care issues on a national level. He has been invited to a number of prestigious events including President George Bush’s Inauguration. He is a credentialed diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management. He is a member of other local, regional and national organizations. Dr. Kim has made a number of T.V. and radio appearances and was featured on Fox 29 News in Philadelphia.
Dr. Kim has a number of interests outside of his busy medical career. He is happily married to his wife, Elena, who is also a physician. Together they have a son, Mikey. Dr. Kim has been an avid exercise enthusiast for many years and enjoys an exercise program similar to the exercise programs he prescribes to his patients which integrates endurance, strength training and flexibility. He is also an accomplished musician, a composer and singer, and plays a number of instruments including guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards. He writes, performs, produces, and engineers his own music. He is a collector of fine vintage guitars, basses, amplifiers, and drums. He builds his own custom electric guitars. He is involved in his community and contributes to a number of charities as well as belonging the local chapter of Rotary International as a Paul Harris Fellow. He also contributes to a number of other causes which he feels would benefit mankind and womankind.