Orthopedic Expert Witness Riverside & Los Angeles

Dr. Donald Kim

Dr. Donald Kim, M.D. is an experienced and board-certified orthopedic expert witness offering services in Riverside and Los Angeles counties. He holds active and current licensing (California: G058622), issued September 1986 and is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. If you’re searching for a well-established Los Angeles or Riverside orthopedic expert witness, Dr. Kim has years of expertise, offering the most objective and unbiased orthopedic expert witness testimony to support medical-legal matters in court.

With the proliferation of personal injury, workers’ compensation and medical malpractice lawsuits, courts are increasingly relying on medical expert testimony to decide lawsuits involving complex medical-legal issues. When it comes to understanding issues regarding causation, prognosis and treatment of the musculoskeletal system in general liability, civil litigation and workers’ compensation cases, Dr. Kim is competent, qualified and experienced in providing the litigation support needed to help resolve a claimant’s case.

As a clinical orthopedic expert with hands-on experience in the study, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of various conditions of the musculoskeletal system, which encompass all muscles, tendons, bones, joints, ligaments, nerves and associated anatomical features and parts, Dr. Kim is qualified to offer expert witness testimony in cases where core medical-legal issues need to be addressed. He works closely with legal experts to ensure that the testimony provided is factual and based on the latest orthopedic best practices.

Professional Qualifications

Dr. Donald Kim, M.D. graduated with a degree in medicine from the University of California in San Francisco, CA in June 1985. He also completed his internship (Surgery) at the University of California, Los Angeles, CA from June 1985 to June 1986. He did his residency (Orthopedic surgery) at the University of California Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA from July 1986 to June 1988, the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Washington D.C. from July 1989 to June 1990 (Orthopedic surgery) and the Howard University Hospital in Washington D.C. from July 1990 to June 1992 (Orthopedic surgery).

Dr. Kim completed his fellowship at the Children’s Hospital, University of California, San Diego at the Pediatric Orthopedic Department, from August 1992 to July 1993 (Orthopedic surgery). With the skills and expertise gained from years of medical practice, he has been able to give judges and juries a basis by which to evaluate and analyze conflicting issues in orthopedic injury, malpractice and workers compensation cases, by providing credible and defensible Los Angeles and Riverside orthopedic expert witness testimony that can stand in court.  

Background and Experience

Dr. Donald Kim, M.D. has a wide ranging background in clinical and forensic orthopedic medical services, and is a well-established Riverside and Los Angeles orthopedic expert witness. After completing his fellowship at Howard University Hospital in Washington D.C. from July 1990 to June 1992 (Orthopedic surgery), he started his private practice at the QTC Medical Group, Diamond Bar, California, from 1988 to 1989. He also worked at the Greater Southwest Community Hospital in Washington D.C. from 1991 to 1992. He has been in private practice at the Orthopedic Medical Group of Riverside from 1993 to present.

Dr. Kim is affiliated with the Riverside Community Hospital where he served as a member of the Orthopedic committee and the Physician’s Well-Being Committee, and the Parkview Community Hospital where he served on the Transfusion Committee as a member. He also served as Board of Counsellor at Riverside County Medical Association for 5 years, from 1996 to 2001 and was a member of the Riverside County Medical Association Medical Review Advisory Committee. His wide-ranging experience makes him one of the top expert witnesses in Huffington and Riverside in California.

With over 28 years of medical practice, he has worked with numerous attorneys, both as a professional orthopedic consultant and expert witness. He has also been recognized extensively in his career as a reliable Riverside orthopedic expert witness in spinal surgery, pediatric orthopedics, sports medicine and other medical-legal cases. As a dedicated expert witness, Dr. Kim understands that the type of testimony provided before a jury can have a huge impact on a claimant’s case.

In addition to his primary Riverside location, Dr. Kim regularly practices in the following Southern California cities, seeing QME, AME, IME, disability evaluations, fitness for duty evaluation (FFD), and SIBTF appointments, as well as servings as an orthopedic expert witness:

  • Indio
  • Rialto
  • Los Angeles
  • Inglewood
  • Hemet
  • Huntington Park
  • Moreno Valley
  • Fontana
  • South Gate
  • San Bernardino
  • Victorville


Professional Achievements and Services

Dr. Donald Kim, M.D. has attained various professional achievements over the years and contributed greatly to wide-ranging issues related to orthopedic expert testimony work. Some of the professional achievements and services include:

  • Graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a BA in Science in Three years
  • Graduated from the University of California, Irvine with Magma Cum Laude signifying the top 2-4% of the graduating class for 1981.
  • Graduated from the University of California, Irvine with Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and current member.
  • Top score in the Orthopedic In-training examination in 1989 (100 percentile).
  • Ranked top 100 percentile in the Orthopedic In-training examination In 1990.
  • Ranked top 100 percentile in the Orthopedic In-training Examination in 1991.
  • Passed written American Board of Orthopedic Surgery test in top 99th percentile in 1994
  • Passed American Board of Orthopedic Surgery Recertification with top 99th percentile score 3/01/02 (for Certification good during 1/2006 – 12/2015)
  • Orthopedic In-training examination is given once a year to all orthopedic surgery residents in the United States. This is a standardized test and the scores are graded on percentile ranking to surgery residence in the same Year. 100 percentile signifies the highest possible score.
  • Voted to America’s Top Surgeons (by the Consumer’s Research Council of America) 2002-2003; 2004-2005


Professional Medical Associations and Memberships

Dr. Donald Kim, M.D. is also a member of various recognized professional medical associations, including:

  • Diplomate, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Fellow, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Member, California Orthopaedic Association
  • Member, Riverside County Medical Association
  • Member, California Medical Association
  • Member, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Member, Korean American Medical Association
  • Qualified Medical Evaluator for the State of California
  • Deacon for Joong-Ang Presbyterian Church since 1993
  • Expert witness Affirmation Statement Signed and filed with the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery June 1, 2004


Areas of Specialization

Dr. Donald Kim, M.D. has special interest in pediatric orthopedics, scoliosis, spine surgery, total joint replacement, sports medicine and arthroscopy surgery. When you need a qualified and certified Riverside or Los Angeles orthopedic expert witness to support your case, look no further. Dr. Kim provides credible and defensible litigation insights and timely witness testimony reports, so you can get through the conclusion of your case quickly.  


Professional Orthopedic Expert Witness

The right orthopedic expert witness can be a great asset to you and your claimant’s case. Dr. Donald Kim, M.D. is able to perform orthopedic independent medical evaluations which allow for objective and impartial evaluation of a patient’s physical condition, is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and has been in private practice for more than 28 years, making him one of the most established Riverside orthopedic expert witnesses. He works closely with legal experts to help them uncover and substantiating the true facts of the case.

Whether you’re dealing with an orthopedic medical malpractice case, a workers’ compensation case that involves musculoskeletal injuries or a civil litigation case, Dr. Kim is able to determine whether the standards of care due to the patient were evaluated. Using his expertise, he’s able to conduct comprehensive medical reviews, interpret imaging, review prior clinical history and follow established medical practices to resolve orthopedic negligence cases.

He provides the information needed for the basis of the case, informs you on the technicalities, and explains the standard of orthopedic surgery to the jury and the established deviations in the standard of care. Dr. Kim is truly knowledgeable in the area of orthopedics, and just like other professional expert witnesses, he plays a critical role in helping establish the legal merit and success of you and your claimant’s case.


Get the Litigation Support You Need

Dr. Donald Kim, M.D. offers his expert witness services at Arrowhead Evaluation Services, one of California’s largest medical-legal providers of medical evaluation and expert witness services. When you need litigation legal insight that you can count on, AES provides the largest panel of experts to choose from. With Riverside orthopedic expert witnesses like Dr. Kim, we’re able to skillfully service all your litigation support needs, from scheduling medical evaluations to preparing expert witness testimony to the conclusion of your case.  

Arrowhead Evaluation Services is consistently assessing the right IME and expert witness experts for your case. If you’d like further information about Dr. Kim, including his CV and fee schedule, please email experts@arrowheadeval.com. You can easily schedule an evaluation by contacting us at (909) 255-8030 or filling out our quick online evaluation request form today.

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