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Soo Yeon Kim, M.D.

Soo Yeon Kim, M.D.

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  • Medical Director, Musculoskeletal Medicine
  • Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Languages: English, Korean


Ankle Injuries, Back Pain, Cervical Radiculopathy, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Degenerative Disc Disease, Facial Pain, Failed Back Surgery Syndrome, Foot and Ankle, Herniated Disc, Joint Pain, Kyphosis, Lumbar Radiculopathy, Meniscus Tears, Musculoskeletal Disorders, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Neck Pain, Neuralgia, Neuropathies, Phantom Limb Pain, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Platelet-Rich Plasma, Postherpetic Neuralgia, Rotator Cuff Injuries, Sacroiliitis, Sciatica, Scoliosis, Spinal Cord Stimulation Therapy, Spinal Stenosis, Spondylolisthesis, Spondylosis, Tennis Elbow, Therapeutic Neuromodulation, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Vertebral Compression Fracture more

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Johns Hopkins Medicine - Green Spring Station

Appointment Phone: 443-997-6754
10803 Falls Road
Pavilion III, Suite 2100
Lutherville, MD 21093 map


Soo Yeon Kim, M.D., is a rehabilitation physician specializing in pain and musculoskeletal medicine, with clinic locations in the Baltimore metropolitan area. Her expertise includes diagnostic and interventional musculoskeletal ultrasound; preventive and regenerative care; nonsurgical treatments for spine disorders; cancer pain and pain related to neurologic conditions; and spinal cord stimulation. Dr. Kim treats a wide range of conditions, including tendinitis and tendon tears, lower back pain and pudendal neuralgia.

Dr. Kim serves as medical director of the Johns Hopkins Musculoskeletal Center. In addition to her clinical activities, Dr. Kim has a passion for teaching. She leads a hands-on ultrasound course for residents and other trainees in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Her focus is on fostering an environment where orthopaedists, physiatrists, physical therapists and other team members collaborate for effective interdisciplinary care.

A native of Korea, Dr. Kim earned her undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees at Catholic University of Korea in Seoul. She interned and completed a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Following her residency, she remained at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, completing a fellowship in pain management. more


  • Medical Director, Musculoskeletal Medicine
  • Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Joint Appointment in Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

Departments / Divisions



  • MD; Catholic University of Korea (2006)


  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; Montefiore Medical Center (2011)


  • Pain Medicine; Montefiore Medical Center (2012)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehab (Pain Medicine) (2012)
  • American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehab (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation) (2012)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

Kim JH, Sharan A, Cho W, Emam M, Hagen M, Kim SY. The Prevalence of Asymptomatic Cervical and Lumbar Facet Arthropathy: A Computed Tomography Study. Asian Spine J. 2019 Feb 13. 

Lee SW, Patel J, Kim SY, Miranda-Comas G, Herrera J, Bartels MN. Use of Opioid Analgesics in Patients with Chronic Low Back Pain and Knee Osteoarthritis. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2018 Dec 13.

Sutaria RG, Lee SW, Kim SY, Howe R, Downie SA. Localization of the Lateral Retinacular Nerve for Diagnostic and Therapeutic Nerve Block for Lateral Knee Pain: A Cadaveric Study. PM R. 2017 Feb;9(2):149-153

Kim SY, Le PU, Kosharskyy B, Kaye AD, Shaparin N, Downie SA. Is Genicular Nerve Radiofrequency Ablation Safe? A Literature Review and Anatomical Study. Pain Physician. 2016 Jul;19(5):E697-705. 

Wahezi SE, Lederman A, Algra J, Kim SY, Sellars R. Human Serum Modifies Aggregation Properties of Commonly Used Epidural Steroids. Pain Physician. 2015 Nov;18(6):E1131-8. 

Activities & Honors


  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPMR)


  • Association of Academic Physiatrist (AAP)

    Member, Membership Committee Member

  • New York Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (NYSPMR)


  • American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA)


  • New York Society of Regional Anesthesia (NYSORA)


  • Korean American Medical Association (KAMA)

    Member, Convention Chair

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