Stefan Kim

Assistant Professor


Dr. Stefan Kim joined the department following two years of serving as a neurosurgery consultant at Kijabe Hospital in Kenya, Africa. "I truly believe life has greater meaning when you devote yourself to serving others, especially those who are poor and desperate," he said. "There is about one neurosurgeon for about two to three million people in Sub-Saharan Africa, so it is not hard to imagine that many people, especially the poor, have virtually no access to surgical care and many perish as a result."

Prior to his work in Africa, Dr. Kim spent 10 years on the neurosurgery staff at Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA, and as a Clinical Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine, in Boston, MA. He is excited about being back in an academic setting. "I really enjoy interacting with residents and look forward to learning and growing with them," he said. "I also hope to have opportunities to expose some of the residents to neurosurgical work in Africa."

Dr. Kim specializes in neurosurgical treatment of the spine, including degenerative disk disease, spine tumors, trauma, and deformities. His research interests focus on spine oncology and deformities. "The U of M has an excellent orthopedic and neurosurgery spine program and I look forward to participating in their collaborative research efforts," he said.


  • MD, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston Salem, NC
  • Residency, neurosurgery, Department of Neurosurgery, Medical College of Virginia, Richmond
  • Fellowship, neurosurgical oncology/spine oncology, Neurosurgery Department, University of Texas at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
  • BS, Electrical engineering, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

Professional Associations

  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS)

Executive Assistant

Deborah Fellows
Administrative Phone: 612-624-6666 (then hit 4 for the Academic Office)
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Research Summary

Dr. Kim's research interests focus on spinal oncology and deformities.

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