Dr Reeo Kim

Dr Reeo surf picNationality:  USA

Current Position: 
Attending physician, Emergency Medicine, The Queen’s Medical Center, Honolulu, HI

Favourite Surf Destination: 

Surf travel:  California, Hawaii, Mexico, Central America, South America, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Europe

Education/work experience:  UCLA School of Medicine, University of Chicago Emergency Medicine Residency Program/The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, HI

Any other information you would like to add about yourself:

My family immigrated from S. Korea when I was 5 years-old and we settled in a small farming town in California between Santa Barbara and Ventura.  I enjoyed playing all sports, but quickly grew to love surfing.  And I have been fortunate to keep surfing a part of my life throughout most of my educational and career activities.  I studied international economics as an undergraduate at UCLA then worked in business consulting in Boston, MA.  I returned to UCLA for medical school and then shipped off to Chicago to complete a residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Chicago.  From there, I was fortunate to land a job in Honolulu, HI where I currently work as an attending physician at The Queen’s Medical Center.  The past few years, I have had the privilege of working in the medical tent at the Vans Triple Crown Events on the North Shore of Oahu.

1 Comment

  1. LORENZO says:

    Hello guys hopefully you will have the chance to take a look. As surfing doctors I am sure your feedback will be way more valuable than anyone’s else. Briefly:

    – 6weeks ago I had a Minor Fracture at T5 left Rib.
    – I was about to pop up when I felt a snap in the Rib.
    – No impact. No collision. So I guess it broke due to stress on the bone because of the constant weight applied when paddle.
    – Now after 6weeks I can go training no problem. However, yesterday had my first surf sessh and paddling on a surfboard still hurts (even though a protective lycra I bought)

    Do you have any tip to give me, i.e.:

    – is there anything specific I should do / not do to recover faster (abdominals, plank, swimming etc.)?
    – time expected to have no pain at all when surfing?
    – if I have some pain is fine to surf or shall I wait?
    – Any other tips?

    I live in Honolulu Hawaii if anyone here can help I would be glad to come over to meet up and pay for the visit. Mahalo!


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