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Cholwoo Kim, MD

Dr. Kim is a surgeon in Puget Sound region. He is affiliated with Tacoma General Hospital and MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital.
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Conditions treated

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Top 25%
433 doctors
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433 doctors
Top 5%
216 doctors
Dr. Kim saw more digestive tract conditions patients than 85% of similar doctors in Puget Sound region in 2014–2018. Learn more.

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91 doctors
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90 doctors
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45 doctors
Dr. Kim saw more hernia patients than 95% of similar doctors in Puget Sound region in 2014–2018. Learn more.

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86 doctors
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86 doctors
Top 5%
42 doctors
Dr. Kim saw more biliary tract disease patients than 95% of similar doctors in Puget Sound region in 2014–2018. Learn more.

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38 doctors
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38 doctors
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18 doctors
Dr. Kim saw more gallstones patients than 85% of similar doctors in Puget Sound region in 2014–2018. Learn more.

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19 doctors
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18 doctors
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9 doctors
Dr. Kim saw more umbilical hernia patients than 85% of similar doctors in Puget Sound region in 2014–2018. Learn more.

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46 doctors
Top 15%
45 doctors
Top 5%
22 doctors
Dr. Kim saw drug allergies patients in 2014–2018, but we couldn’t determine whether he was a top doctor for the condition in Puget Sound region. Learn more.

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17 doctors
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16 doctors
Top 5%
8 doctors
Dr. Kim saw more appendicitis patients than 75% of similar doctors in Puget Sound region in 2014–2018. Learn more.

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48 doctors
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48 doctors
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24 doctors
Dr. Kim saw goiter patients in 2014–2018, but we couldn’t determine whether he was a top doctor for the condition in Puget Sound region. Learn more.

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29 doctors
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29 doctors
Top 5%
14 doctors
Dr. Kim saw more inguinal hernia patients than 75% of similar doctors in Puget Sound region in 2014–2018. Learn more.

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21 doctors
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20 doctors
Top 5%
10 doctors
Dr. Kim saw hiatal hernia patients in 2014–2018, but we couldn’t determine whether he was a top doctor for the condition in Puget Sound region. Learn more.

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222 doctors
Top 15%
222 doctors
Top 5%
111 doctors
Dr. Kim saw acid reflux patients in 2014–2018, but we couldn’t determine whether he was a top doctor for the condition in Puget Sound region. Learn more.

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129 doctors
Top 15%
128 doctors
Top 5%
64 doctors
Dr. Kim saw hormonal imbalance patients in 2014–2018, but we couldn’t determine whether he was a top doctor for the condition in Puget Sound region. Learn more.
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452 doctors
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452 doctors
Top 5%
226 doctors
Dr. Kim saw cardiovascular disease (CVD) patients in 2014–2018, but we couldn’t determine whether he was a top doctor for the condition in Puget Sound region. Learn more.

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216 doctors
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216 doctors
Top 5%
107 doctors
Dr. Kim saw thyroid condition patients in 2014–2018, but we couldn’t determine whether he was a top doctor for the condition in Puget Sound region. Learn more.

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425 doctors
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424 doctors
Top 5%
212 doctors
Dr. Kim saw vascular disease patients in 2014–2018, but we couldn’t determine whether he was a top doctor for the condition in Puget Sound region. Learn more.

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11 doctors
Top 15%
10 doctors
Top 5%
5 doctors
Dr. Kim saw ventral hernia patients in 2014–2018, but we couldn’t determine whether he was a top doctor for the condition in Puget Sound region. Learn more.

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218 doctors
Top 15%
218 doctors
Top 5%
109 doctors
Dr. Kim saw high cholesterol patients in 2014–2018, but we couldn’t determine whether he was a top doctor for the condition in Puget Sound region. Learn more.

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272 doctors
Top 15%
272 doctors
Top 5%
135 doctors
Dr. Kim saw heart disease patients in 2014–2018, but we couldn’t determine whether he was a top doctor for the condition in Puget Sound region. Learn more.

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261 doctors
Top 15%
261 doctors
Top 5%
130 doctors
Dr. Kim saw asthma patients in 2014–2018, but we couldn’t determine whether he was a top doctor for the condition in Puget Sound region. Learn more.

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39 doctors
Top 15%
39 doctors
Top 5%
19 doctors
Dr. Kim saw colon polyps patients in 2014–2018, but we couldn’t determine whether he was a top doctor for the condition in Puget Sound region. Learn more.
Top 25%
257 doctors
Top 15%
256 doctors
Top 5%
128 doctors
Dr. Kim saw chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients in 2014–2018, but we couldn’t determine whether he was a top doctor for the condition in Puget Sound region. Learn more.

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498 doctors
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498 doctors
Top 5%
248 doctors
Dr. Kim saw pain patients in 2014–2018, but we couldn’t determine whether he was a top doctor for the condition in Puget Sound region. Learn more.

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178 doctors
Top 15%
179 doctors
Top 5%
89 doctors
Dr. Kim saw hypothyroidism patients in 2014–2018, but we couldn’t determine whether he was a top doctor for the condition in Puget Sound region. Learn more.
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66 doctors
Top 15%
65 doctors
Top 5%
32 doctors
Dr. Kim saw benign polyps patients in 2014–2018, but we couldn’t determine whether he was a top doctor for the condition in Puget Sound region. Learn more.
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364 doctors
Top 15%
364 doctors
Top 5%
181 doctors
Dr. Kim saw lung condition patients in 2014–2018, but we couldn’t determine whether he was a top doctor for the condition in Puget Sound region. Learn more.

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10 doctors
Top 15%
10 doctors
Top 5%
5 doctors
Dr. Kim saw cholecystitis patients in 2014–2018, but we couldn’t determine whether he was a top doctor for the condition in Puget Sound region. Learn more.

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29 doctors
Top 15%
28 doctors
Top 5%
14 doctors
Dr. Kim saw colon cancer patients in 2014–2018, but we couldn’t determine whether he was a top doctor for the condition in Puget Sound region. Learn more.
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66 doctors
Top 15%
66 doctors
Top 5%
33 doctors
Dr. Kim saw hemorrhoid patients in 2014–2018, but we couldn’t determine whether he was a top doctor for the condition in Puget Sound region. Learn more.
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308 doctors
Top 15%
308 doctors
Top 5%
153 doctors
Dr. Kim saw type 2 diabetes patients in 2014–2018, but we couldn’t determine whether he was a top doctor for the condition in Puget Sound region. Learn more.

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355 doctors
Top 15%
354 doctors
Top 5%
177 doctors
Dr. Kim saw diabetes patients in 2014–2018, but we couldn’t determine whether he was a top doctor for the condition in Puget Sound region. Learn more.

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Cost estimates

These ranges are network rate estimates across all the insurance plans that Dr. Kim accepts.

Note: These are just estimates. We advise verifying the exact costs with your provider.

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 hernia surgery rate

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

Outpatient hernia surgery rate

Dr. Kim’s outpatient hernia surgery rate is similar to the rate we predicted for his mix of cases and patients.
90%
outpatient hernia surgery rate

As a patient, you may prefer a doctor who has a higher rate of outpatient hernia surgery 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. Hernia surgeries are commonly performed in an outpatient setting, avoiding hospitalizations altogether.

To help you understand how Dr. Kim’s rate of outpatient 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 in an outpatient setting.
  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 outpatient hernia surgery for patients like Dr. Kim’s.

By comparing these two numbers, you can see whether Dr. Kim’s rate of outpatient 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.

Locations

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

Puyallup Ambulatory Surgery Center
1519 3rd St SE
Puyallup, WA 98372
2,289 miles away

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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
    B
    Hospital safety grade (Fall 2017)
  • MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital
    Hospital safety grade not available

Insurance accepted

Always check coverage with your doctor’s office.

  • Aetna
  • Anthem
  • Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield
  • Assurant Health
  • AvMed
  • Avera
  • Banner Health
  • Baptist Health Plan
  • 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
  • Capital Health Plan
  • 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
  • Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire
  • Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
  • Hawaii Medical Assurance Association
  • Hawaii Medical Service Association
  • Health Alliance
  • Health Alliance Plan of Michigan
  • Health First
  • Health Net
  • Health New England
  • HealthCare Partners
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthSCOPE Benefits
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Hometown Health
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana
  • Independence Blue Cross AmeriHealth
  • Lifetime Healthcare
  • MVP Health Care
  • MedCost
  • Medica
  • Medical Mutual of Ohio
  • Medicare
  • Meritain Health
  • Midlands Choice
  • Moda Health
  • MultiPlan
  • Network Health Plan
  • PacificSource
  • Paramount
  • Pomco
  • Premera Blue Cross
  • Priority Health
  • Providence Health Plan
  • Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Rocky Mountain Health Plans
  • Scott and White Health Plan
  • Security Health Plan
  • SelectHealth
  • SynerMed
  • TRICARE
  • Trilogy Health Insurance
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • UPMC Health Plan
  • United Healthcare
  • Unity Health Insurance
  • Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield