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Daniel H. Kim, M.D.

Dr. Daniel KimNeurosurgeon

Director, Reconstructive Spinal and Peripheral Nerve Surgery
Mischer Neuroscience Institute
Professor, Vivian L. Smith Department of Neurosurgery

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School

Dr. Daniel Kim is a fellowship-trained, board-certified neurosurgeon who is an expert in minimally invasive spinal surgery, both endoscopic and robotic; peripheral nerve surgery; and complex spinal reconstruction. Dr. Kim has won numerous awards and honors, authored hundreds of papers and published 17 surgical textbooks.

He is a preeminent researcher in peripheral nerve repair through nerve transfer and nerve graft, and is also recognized for his work in neurorehabilitation through robotics and cortical stimulation, spinal biomechanics and innovative neuromodulation treatments for chronic pain. Dr. Kim is also adjunct professor in the department of Bioengineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Rice University.

Before his appointment at Mischer Neuroscience Institute, Dr. Kim served as a professor in the departments of Neurosurgery and Orthopedic Surgery at the Baylor College of Medicine (BCM). He was the director of spinal neurosurgery and reconstructive peripheral nerve surgery for both programs. Before that, he was a full professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

A graduate of the University of Oklahoma in chemical engineering, Dr. Kim received his medical degree at Tulane University School of Medicine before completing his neurosurgery residency at Louisiana State University. He completed a fellowship in spine surgery at the University of Florida with Richard Fessler, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Kim is committed to providing exceptional clinical care in order to provide the highest quality outcomes for his patients, and specializes in the treatment of the following diseases and conditions:

  • Artificial disk replacement
  • Birth palsies
  • Brachial plexus injuries
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Congenital spine disorders
  • Median nerve injuries
  • Nerve sheath tumors
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Neuromodulation for nerve injuries
  • Neuromodulation for chronic headache
  • Pelvic plexus injuries
  • Peripheral nerve injuries
  • Peroneal nerve injuries
  • Pudendal nerve entrapment
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Radial nerve injuries
  • Sciatic nerve injuries
  • Spinal AVMs
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Spine and spinal cord tumors
  • Spine deformity
  • Spine disk herniation
  • Spine fractures
  • Spine infection
  • Tibial nerve injuries
  • Ulnar nerve entrapment