Todd S. Kim, MD

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Foot & Ankle Surgery
Shoulder & Elbow Surgery


Dr. Kim treats patients with a wide range of conditions focusing on shoulder, elbow, knee, and ankle injuries. He is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with dual-fellowship training in both Shoulder and Elbow Surgery and Foot and Ankle Surgery. He specializes in reconstructive procedures such as shoulder and ankle replacements as well as minimally-invasive arthroscopic techniques. He is sought out for expertise in complex and revision shoulder replacement and reconstruction, including reverse shoulder replacements. With his practice based in Burlingame adjacent to Peninsula Medical Center, he also has extensive experience in treating patients with complex fractures.

His interest in teaching has taken him around the world with organizations such as Health Volunteers Overseas. He has worked with and taught orthopedic surgeons in 10 countries on multiple continents during his career.

For years he has volunteered time to teach surgeons communication skills, the goal to improve trust and connection between patient and surgeon. He also has worked to improve patient safety in orthopedic surgery. As Chair of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Patient Safety Committee, he has led national initiatives in response to the opioid crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic

What His Patients Say

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"I had been dealing with shoulder issues for 10 years. I had 2 surgeries in 2015 and kept dealing with range of motion and dislocation issues. I switched to Dr. Kim for my 3rd surgery and it changed my future. My shoulder is better now than before my last tear. Thank you Dr. Kim!! I would highly recommend Dr. Kim to my family and friends!!"

Richie B.
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"I had a pretty severe fall which necessitated the surgery. Dr. Kim was incredibly clear and concise with what to expect and his team was always attentive and available from beginning to end. I would highly recommend Dr. Todd Kim to my family and friends."

Joseph S.
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“Excellent orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Kim is kind, considerate, professional, patient, and dependable.”

Faye J.
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“I feel so blessed to have been under the superb care of Dr Kim and his wonderful caring staff. They are extremely knowledgeable and gifted. My surgery was a difficult one but with Dr Kim’s expertise I am well on the road to a successful recovery. Thank you all!”

Mathew P.
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"Dr. Kim did an excellent job with a rather complicated surgery on my right leg. He has a cheerful demeanor and always patiently listens to any concerns I might have. The Physical Therapy was prescribed for my leg and later for pain in my right shoulder have done wonders in getting my mobility back pain-free. I would highly recommend Dr. Kim to my family and friends."

Mona N.
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What Makes You Different?

Although I treat many patients with similar orthopedic injuries, I believe that the best outcomes for patients result from individualized treatment plans. Not every injury is the same. And to be sure, every patient has his or her own goals. Whether your hope is to return to a high level of competitive sports or to be able to walk your dog without pain, forming the best treatment plan requires excellent communication and trust with your surgeon. I am committed to listening and working with you to find the best treatment approach for your injury and lifestyle. My goal is to provide you the highest quality of care by offering the most advanced yet scientifically sound surgical treatments available.

What are Your Favorite Activities to Do in Your Free Time?

Spending time with my family, most often outdoors. We love hiking, cycling, and trips to the beach.

Practice Locations

1501 Trousdale Dr.
Suite 115, Orthopedic Surgery
Burlingame, CA 94010


  • Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
  • Foot and Ankle Surgery
  • Joint Replacement
  • Fracture Repair
  • Lower Extremity Reconstruction

Medical Education & Training

  • Medical School: University of California, San Diego (1999)
  • Internship: UCSF Orthopedic Surgery 2001; UCSF Internal Medicine 1999
  • Residency: UCSF Orthopedic Surgery 2002-2006; UCSF Internal Medicine 2000
  • Fellowship(s):Foot/Ankle and Lower Extremity Reconstruction, Portland OR 2006; Shoulder and Elbow Surgery,Auckland NZ 2007
  • Years in Practice : 17

Professional Affiliations

  • Executive Medical Director, Neuromusculoskeletal Service Line, Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group
  • Board of Directors, Western Orthopaedic Association
  • Fellow American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Fellow American Orthopaedic Association



  1. Coughlin and Mann’s Surgery of the Foot and Ankle, 10th Edition, 2024; Ed. A. Haskell, M. Coughlin; Chapter 45: Fractures of the Calcaneus, T. Kim

  2. Mariano ER, Dickerson DM, Szokol JW, Harned M, Mueller JT, Philip BK, Baratta JL, Gulur P, Robles J, Schroeder KM, Wyatt KEK, Schwalb JM, Schwenk ES, Wardhan R, Kim TS, Higdon KK, Krishnan DG, Shilling AM, Schwartz G, Wiechmann L, Doan LV, Elkassabany NM, Yang SC, Muse IO, Eloy JD, Mehta V, Shah S, Johnson RL, Englesbe MJ, Kallen A, Mukkamala SB, Walton A, Buvanendran A. A multisociety organizational consensus process to define guiding principles for acute perioperative pain management. Reg Anesth Pain Med. 2021 Sep 22:rapm-2021-103083. doi: 10.1136/rapm-2021-103083. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34552003.

  3. Acuña AJ, Jella TK, Samuel LT, Cwalina TB, Kim TS, Kamath AF. A Work in Progress: National Opioid Prescription Reductions Across Orthopaedic Subspecialties in a Contemporary Medicare Sample of 5,026,911 Claims. J Am Acad Orthop Surg Glob Res Rev. 2021 May 20;5(5):e21.00080. doi: 10.5435/JAAOSGlobal-D-21-00080. PMID: 34014856; PMCID: PMC8140777.

  4. Watch What You Say When It Comes to Orthopaedic Jargon. Cole A, Kim T, O’Shaughnessy M. AAOS Now, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, April, 2021

  5. AAOS PSC Addresses Musculoskeletal Cortisone Injections and COVID-19 Vaccine Administration. AAOS Now, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, April, 2021

  6. Sabatini CS, Singh D, Reilly AL, Kim TS, Trafton PG. Global Volunteerism for Orthopaedic Surgeons-A Primer. Instr Course Lect. 2021;70:623-636. PMID: 33438940.

  7. New Challenges and Proven Strategies for Optimal Surgeon-patient Communication; Ariana Lott, MD; David Weiss, MD; Laurence Baker, PhD; and Todd S. Kim, MD; AAOS Now, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; January 2021

  8. Patient Safety in the Era of Telemedicine: Recognizing Red Flags. Shaw J, Kim T, Gruson K. AAOS Now, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, January, 2021

  9. Fractures of the Calcaneus (Chapter 25); Orthopaedic Knowledge Update 6: Foot and Ankle; American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rosemont, IL, 2020

  10. Limited Musculoskeletal Health Literacy Remains a Challenge. Gruson K, Kim T. AAOS Now, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, December, 2020

  11. Kim T, Haskell A. Patient-Reported Outcomes After Structural Autograft for Large or Cystic Talar Dome Osteochondral Lesions. Foot Ankle Int. 2020 May;41(5):549-555. doi: 10.1177/1071100720907313. Epub 2020 Feb 23. PMID: 32088985.

  12. Haskell A, Kim T. Implementation of Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System Data Collection in a Private Orthopedic Surgery Practice. Foot Ankle Int. 2018 May;39(5):517-521. doi: 10.1177/1071100717753967. Epub 2018 Jan 24. PMID: 29366343.

  13. Criswell B, Hunt K, Kim T, Chou L, Haskell A. Association of Short-term Complications With Procedures Through Separate Incisions During Total Ankle Replacement. Foot Ankle Int. 2016 Oct;37(10):1060-1064. doi: 10.1177/1071100716651964. Epub 2016 Jun 8. PMID: 27283155.

  14. Procedures through Separate Incisions during Total Ankle Replacement Do Not Increase Short-term Complications; Criswell B, Hunt K, Kim T, Chou L, Haskell A; Podium Presentation, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, 2015

  15. Fractures of the Calcaneus (Chapter 25); Orthopaedic Knowledge Update 5: Foot and Ankle; American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rosemont, IL, 2014

  16. Kim T, Ayturk UM, Haskell A, Miclau T, Puttlitz CM. Fixation of osteoporotic distal fibula fractures: A biomechanical comparison of locking versus conventional plates. J Foot Ankle Surg. 2007 Jan-Feb;46(1):2-6. doi: 10.1053/j.jfas.2006.09.009. PMID: 17198946.

  17. Hilinski JM, Kim T, Harris JP. Posttraumatic pseudo-cerebrospinal fluid rhinorrhea. Otol Neurotol. 2001 Sep;22(5):701-5. doi: 10.1097/00129492-200109000-00025. PMID: 11568683.

  18. Nathan CO, Kim TS, Harris JP, Koutnouyan HA, Ryan AF. Absence of mRNA encoding estrogen receptor in the rat cochlea. Acta Otolaryngol. 1999;119(8):853-7. doi: 10.1080/00016489950180162. PMID: 10728922

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