Todd S. Kim, MD

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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. He also holds a faculty position as Associate Clinical Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery at University of California, San Francisco.

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 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 : 14

Professional Affiliations

  • Chair, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Patient Safety Committee
  • Health Volunteers Overseas, Orthopedic Steering Committee Member
  • Fellow American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Fellow American Orthopaedic Association


  1. 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
  2. Limited Musculoskeletal Health Literacy Remains a Challenge; Gruson K and Kim T; AAOS Now, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; December 2020
  3. Patient-Reported Outcomes After Structural Autograft for Large or Cystic Talar Dome Osteochondral Lesions.
    Kim T, Haskell A.Foot Ankle Int. 2020 May;41(5):549-555. doi: 10.1177/1071100720907313. Epub 2020 Feb 23.PMID: 32088985
    RESULTS: At final follow-up, improvement compared to preoperative scores was seen in American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (65.4 21.2 to 86.9 15.0, P < .05), Foot Function Index (48.9 20.8 to 21.1 18.9, P < .05), visual analog scale for pain (4.7 3.0 to 1.4 1)
  4. Fractures of the Calcaneus (Chapter 25); Orthopaedic Knowledge Update 6: Foot and Ankle; American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rosemont, IL, 2019
  5. Implementation of Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System Data Collection in a Private Orthopedic Surgery Practice.
    Haskell A, Kim T.Foot Ankle Int. 2018 May;39(5):517-521. doi: 10.1177/1071100717753967. Epub 2018 Jan 24.PMID: 29366343
  6. Association of Short-term Complications With Procedures Through Separate Incisions During Total Ankle Replacement.
    Criswell B, Hunt K, Kim T, Chou L, Haskell A.Foot Ankle Int. 2016 Oct;37(10):1060-1064. doi: 10.1177/1071100716651964. Epub 2016 Jun 8.PMID: 27283155 Review.
    METHODS: A retrospective review was performed on a consecutive series of 124 patients who underwent total ankle replacement between 2007 and 2013. Demographics, case-specific data, and postoperative complications over the first year were collected. ...Eighty-seven (70%) ha …
  7. Fixation of osteoporotic distal fibula fractures: A biomechanical comparison of locking versus conventional plates.
    Kim T, Ayturk UM, Haskell A, Miclau T, Puttlitz CM.J Foot Ankle Surg. 2007 Jan-Feb;46(1):2-6. doi: 10.1053/j.jfas.2006.09.009.PMID: 17198946

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