of
CK

Cholwoo Kim, MD

Dr. Kim is a surgeon in Puget Sound region. He is affiliated with Tacoma General Hospital.
Get directions
Opens Google Maps in another tab

Conditions treated  
beta

Tap to see related services for each condition and more details about our calculations.

Top 25%
328 doctors
Top 15%
327 doctors
Top 5%
163 doctors
Dr. Kim saw more digestive tract conditions patients than 85% of similar doctors in Puget Sound region in 2014–2017. Learn more.

Related services provided

Top 25%
31 doctors
Top 15%
31 doctors
Top 5%
15 doctors
Dr. Kim saw more hernia patients than 85% of similar doctors in Puget Sound region in 2014–2017. Learn more.

Related services provided

Top 25%
29 doctors
Top 15%
30 doctors
Top 5%
14 doctors
Dr. Kim saw more biliary tract disease patients than 75% of similar doctors in Puget Sound region in 2014–2017. Learn more.

Related services provided

Top 25%
17 doctors
Top 15%
17 doctors
Top 5%
8 doctors
Dr. Kim saw gallstones patients in 2014–2017, but we couldn’t determine whether he was a top doctor for the condition in Puget Sound region. Learn more.

Related services provided

Top 25%
14 doctors
Top 15%
14 doctors
Top 5%
7 doctors
Dr. Kim saw appendicitis patients in 2014–2017, but we couldn’t determine whether he was a top doctor for the condition in Puget Sound region. Learn more.

Related services provided

Top 25%
9 doctors
Top 15%
8 doctors
Top 5%
4 doctors
Dr. Kim saw umbilical hernia patients in 2014–2017, but we couldn’t determine whether he was a top doctor for the condition in Puget Sound region. Learn more.

Related services provided

Top 25%
15 doctors
Top 15%
14 doctors
Top 5%
7 doctors
Dr. Kim saw inguinal hernia patients in 2014–2017, but we couldn’t determine whether he was a top doctor for the condition in Puget Sound region. Learn more.

Related services provided

Top 25%
5 doctors
Top 15%
4 doctors
Top 5%
2 doctors
Dr. Kim saw ventral hernia patients in 2014–2017, but we couldn’t determine whether he was a top doctor for the condition in Puget Sound region. Learn more.

Related services provided

Top 25%
468 doctors
Top 15%
467 doctors
Top 5%
233 doctors
Dr. Kim saw pain patients in 2014–2017, but we couldn’t determine whether he was a top doctor for the condition in Puget Sound region. Learn more.

Related services provided

Cost estimates

These ranges are network rate estimates across all the insurance plans that Dr. Kim accepts.
Gallbladder removal (laparoscopic) $13.8k – 17.6k
Hernia surgery (inguinal) $6,397 – 14.2k

Amino’s cost estimates are estimates of the total amount that you and your health insurance company might pay for a procedure—this is what we call the “network rate”. Our cost estimates can help you prepare for the financial impact of medical care and help you make more confident decisions about where to get treated.

Laparoscopic procedure rate

Dr. Kim’s laparoscopic procedure rate is similar to the rate we predicted for his mix of cases and patients.
32%
laparoscopic procedure rate

As a patient, you may prefer a doctor who has a higher rate of laparoscopic hernia surgery to reduce scarring and pain compared to traditional open surgery.

Decision factor

Compared to predicted rates calculated for each doctor’s unique mix of cases and patients

  • Lower than our predicted rate
  • Higher than our predicted rate
  • Similar to our predicted rate

Laparoscopic surgery involves smaller incisions, less scarring, and sometimes less pain than traditional open surgery.

To help you understand how Dr. Kim’s rate of laparoscopic hernia surgery compares to a typical doctor who performs hernia surgeries:

  1. We first measure how many of Dr. Kim’s hernia surgeries were performed laparoscopically.
  2. We then analyze the typical practices of all other doctors in the United States who perform hernia surgeries, using a data-driven model to predict the rate of laparoscopic hernia surgeries for patients like Dr. Kim’s.

By comparing these two numbers, you can see whether Dr. Kim’s rate of laparoscopic hernia surgery is lower than, similar to, or higher than predicted.

This prediction adjusts based on the types of patients the doctor sees, so a doctor who treats sicker patients may have a different predicted rate than a doctor who treats healthier patients.

Outpatient gallbladder removal rate

Dr. Kim’s outpatient gallbladder removal rate is similar to the rate we predicted for his mix of cases and patients.
89%
outpatient gallbladder removal rate

As a patient, you may prefer a doctor who has a higher rate of outpatient gallbladder removal to improve your odds of having an uncomplicated recovery after surgery.

Decision factor

Compared to predicted rates calculated for each doctor’s unique mix of cases and patients

  • Lower than our predicted rate
  • Higher than our predicted rate
  • Similar to our predicted rate

Hospitalizations are costly and associated with a higher risk of infections, so avoiding unnecessary hospital stays can save money and improve your odds of having an uncomplicated recovery after surgery. Gallbladder removals are commonly performed in an outpatient setting, avoiding hospitalizations altogether.

To help you understand how Dr. Kim’s rate of outpatient gallbladder removal compares to a typical doctor who performs gallbladder removals:

  1. We first measure how many of Dr. Kim’s gallbladder removals were performed in an outpatient setting.
  2. We then analyze the typical practices of all other doctors in the United States who perform gallbladder removals, using a data-driven model to predict the rate of outpatient gallbladder removal for patients like Dr. Kim’s.

By comparing these two numbers, you can see whether Dr. Kim’s rate of outpatient gallbladder removal is lower than, similar to, or higher than predicted.

This prediction adjusts based on the types of patients the doctor sees, so a doctor who treats sicker patients may have a different predicted rate than a doctor who treats healthier patients.

Locations

Dr. Kim sees patients and can be reached at the following location.

Office
1519 3rd SE St
Puyallup, WA 98372
2,294 miles away
  • Korean

Reviews  
new

Credentials
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
    MEDICAL EDUCATION, 1993
  • EMORY HEALTHCARE
    RESIDENCY

Hospital affiliations

Dr. Kim is able to admit and treat patients at the following hospitals.

  • Tacoma General Hospital
    C
    Hospital safety grade (Spring 2017)

Insurance accepted

Always check coverage with your doctor’s office.

  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Assurant Health
  • Banner Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Dakota
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Wyoming
  • Blue Cross of Idaho
  • Blue Shield of California
  • BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
  • BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
  • Cigna
  • CoreSource
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
  • Dean Health Plan
  • First Choice Health
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • Group Health Cooperative
  • Hawaii Medical Assurance Association
  • Health Alliance Plan of Michigan
  • Health Net
  • HealthCare Partners
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPlus
  • HealthSCOPE Benefits
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana
  • Independence Blue Cross AmeriHealth
  • MVP Health Care
  • MedCost
  • Medica
  • Medical Mutual of Ohio
  • Medicare
  • Meritain Health
  • Moda Health
  • MultiPlan
  • Network Health Plan
  • PacificSource
  • Premera Blue Cross
  • Providence Health Plan
  • Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Rocky Mountain Health Plans
  • TRICARE
  • Trilogy Health Insurance
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • UPMC Health Plan
  • United Healthcare
  • Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield