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In an effort to protect our patients, staff, physicians, their families and others from the seasonal flu and coronavirus (COVID-19), we kindly ask you to not enter our facilities if you are experiencing a fever, shortness of breath, cough or feel sick in general. Also, if you have been in close contact with someone who is being evaluated or has been confirmed as having COVID-19, we ask that you please reschedule your appointment. Should you have such symptoms, please contact your family practitioner for assistance. We appreciate your assistance and understanding.

Our doctors and surgeons created San Diego Spine Institute with a mission to provide patients with the best spine care possible. Dr’s. Ramin Raiszadeh and Paul D. Kim are board-certified orthopedic spine surgeons who believe that spinal ailments should not restrict anyone from enjoying a high quality of life.

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  • What a wonderful staff you have, especially in your office and not to mention in the O.R. They are truly all compassionate and caring! I am doing as well as can be expected for a little old lady. I am healing every day and taking it one day at a time. I am happy to have you as my doctor. Thank you for all of your care.

    Dorris L.
  • I want to thank you for the wonderful job you did on my back. You put me back on my feet. You are my miracle doctor. I’ll never forget the first time I cam in to see you. For some reason I knew you were the doctor that was going to do my surgery so I didn’t hesitate. I am so grateful to have known you. My boys are very grateful too. I am writing on this butterfly card because this is how I feel like, a butterfly “free”. My grandson has been given your name in honor of you saving me.

    Maria P.
  • I was unable to walk or stand w/o major pain down my left leg. I am very pleased with Dr. Raiszadeh’s treatment. He performed a PLIF (posterior lumbar interbody fusion) with instrumentation, and this has (so far) resolved the pain. The Dr. was very professional and caring, and I would gladly recommend him to my friends.


I am an active seventy-one-year young gal whose passions are gardening, walking, and cooking.

When I was in my early to mid-sixties I was diagnosed with spinal stenosis and a small synovial cyst at the L4-L5 level of my lower back. I realized it was time to consult a specialist to maintain my back wellness with this age-related condition.

My primary care physician recommended Dr. Paul D. Kim at the Spine Institute. I felt so comfortable after my initial visit! Dr. Kim was a good listener, compassionate and thorough. He suggested physical therapy to address the mild symptoms I was experiencing. With their approach and my continued devotion to the exercises I continued to live my usual quality of life for several years.

About eight months ago things began to change. In a short time, I was unable to do my long-distance walking and standing in place became very painful. My quality of life was miserable. Dr. Kim ordered a new MRI, discovered the source causing all these issues and we discussed my options. Together we decided surgery was the answer. He was so patient explaining the procedure as I constantly interrupted with questions and concerns. Both my husband and I felt totally comfortable and confident going into the procedure and trusted Dr. Kim’s ability.

I have been nerve pain free since the day of the surgery and just now finishing up physical therapy. Though recovery has taken time I am thrilled with the results. I am walking long distances again, gardening to my heart’s content and can stand long periods of time in the kitchen!

Back wellness is a journey and the Spine Institute of San Diego was the right path for me!

My quality of life today.
Joannie gardening
Joannie going on a walk

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San Diego, CA 92120


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