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Jay H. Kim, MD
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Jay H. Kim, MD

(714) 626-8623
Primary Specialties
  • Rheumatology
    (Board Certified)
Secondary Specialties
  • Internal Medicine
    (Board Certified)
Medical Groups & Affiliations
  • St. Jude Affiliated Physician
  • St. Jude Heritage Medical Group
  • Additional Languages Spoken
    Korean, Spanish

Primary Office

Address:
2141 N. Harbor Blvd.
Suite 2500
Fullerton, CA 92835
Phone:
(714) 626-8623
Fax:
(714) 626-8689
Web Page:
www.sjhmg.com
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4.6 out of 5 (129 Ratings | 15 Comments)

Reviews

10-Sep-2018
Dr. Kim stays in the room long enough to answer my questions but does not waste time. I think we all would like more time with her doctor but we also like to be taken in on time so it's a give-and-take situation
21-Aug-2018
Dr Kim is an excellent doctor.
30-Jul-2018
I feel rushed when I see *Dr. Kim.
30-Jul-2018
Showed genuine interest in my concerns & made every effort to clarify any concerns.
26-Jun-2018
Dr. Kim had a very haphazard way of running conversations. This was not helped by his lack of background information on me when staff had failed to give me any new patient documents or make copies of results I had brought with me. When Dr. Kim spoke, he would interrupt me, ask me not to interrupt him, and occasionally reason things out with himself instead of asking me a simple background or follow-up question. He spoke quickly and with an accent that I could not always understand the words. This is partly my fault as I know I have trouble understanding people with thicker accents and often have to ask them to speak more slowly or repeat information. Dr. Kim refused to give me a copy of the test results to look at as he very quickly spoke about results while he looked at his computer. I had little idea what he was actually saying. This was overwhelming, frustrating, disappointing, and felt like another waste of time. I'm on HMO and it took about 5 months to get into see Dr. Kim. And, I was disappointed to leave to find out the results on the paperwork were different from what I was told. And, the copy of results I was given at the end of the appointment in a stack did not include all of the results. I had to call and request the other test results to be sent in the mail. When the results arrived, I saw positive results I did not understand the full meaning of and no longer had the chance to ask about them. I felt the tests ordered were not the appropriate tests for my situation. Dr. Kim made a point to say he didn't want to order tests that were too expensive and didn't have access to testing I had gotten through UCLA. At the appointment, I was told that one test was negative but later reading the paperwork, it said something about not having a specimen to test and there was no result at all. And, while the Dr. was checking for something specific on an x-ray that he said found nothing, the x-ray appears to show another sign of maybe the same condition he was evaluating for and I had not been told about this positive result. When one of the other results were positive, he downplayed the importance, while it was connected to what I was saying was one of the biggest issues to address. He also downplayed the test results as not being as important as how I feel. I feel terrible and I continue to deteriorate, but telling him about my symptoms was an impossible task with the way conversations are run, how much is disregarded, and how he reasons with himself instead of asking a follow-up question. One x-ray showed a progression of a problem that has caused severe pain for around the last 4 years. While he said something like 'this shouldn't cause you pain' he did at least make a referral. I don't understand why any doctor tells a patient who is experiencing long-term pain, physical limitations, and decreased quality of life that they have a condition but it shouldn't cause them pain. Dr. Kim is not alone in this. First other people with that condition do report pain so I think the pain is related at least in part to the condition. But, truly, if the condition he found wasn't supposed to cause pain, then maybe there needed to be additional referrals or considering if the pain was linked as another symptom to a/the other autoimmune condition(s) that weren't fully diagnosed. I've seen so many doctors because symptoms are parceled out among specialists who all have notions about what could or should be possible and think of more conditions or reasons symptoms could exist than they find answers and diagnosis to why conditions exist and treat them. Dr. Kim misunderstood me when I said I had already seen so many doctors. He warned me against ignoring a few doctors who all say the same thing because at some point if I keep hearing the same thing, it's implied the doctors might be right. I have seen doctors who all say different things. I've seen doctors who order simple tests that come back negative and tell me I'm fine when I'm not fine and don't keep looking for answers. There hasn't been enough coordination between specialists in the past and I had hoped that the bright side of being on HMO and in this medical plan would be more coordination. I'm concerned that I'll get more guesses, referrals, and incomplete testing than answers but with greater wait times between visits. I do need to try something different as far as medication is concerned because I still can't live life normally and my health continues to deteriorate. I mentioned that but was not given any new or additional medication options. My diagnosis was walked back to something more generalized. On the visits before, Dr. Kim was evaluating my hip and that evaluation did some damage to the joint. After the evaluation, I experienced my hip dropping low in the socket and increased pain like I had experienced before my hip surgery. A referral was added to get the hip reevaluated by an orthopedic doctor. I think Dr. Kim is a good person. He treated me with respect when I said I did not think we were a fit for a doctor patient relationship. He did make some attempts to modify medications, order testing, and make referrals even if I was not satisfied with most of my experience with this doctor. I believe he may be doing his best and is a well established doctor with a specific way of doing things that did not work for me. I also feel that had I been given the proper opportunity to complete new patient paperwork prior to this visit, or had I not been discouraged from sending results in advance or had the copies of results been made when I checked-in for the appointment, and if I had been given results to look over with the doctor instead of after the visit, that at lot of the frustration and overwhelm may have been avoided. From a more stable position of shared information from the start, the communication problems may have had less of an impact overall because there would have been less confusion and less information to introduce as new in a short amount of time.
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Physician Bio

My approach to medicine is to listen carefully to each patient’s concerns and treat him or her with the same care as I would a member of my family. Many of my patients have rare and debilitating chronic illnesses so I see them often and form strong relationships with them. I enjoy the challenge of finding solutions that help improve their quality of life.

In my leisure time, I enjoy golf, skiing and many other outdoor activities.

Education

  • Medical School:
    Korea University
  • Internship:
    King Drew Medical Center - Los Angeles , CA
  • Residency:
    King Drew Medical Center - Los Angeles , CA
  • Fellowship:
    Loma Linda University Medical Center - Loma Linda , CA
  • Board Certified in Internal Medicine
  • Board Certified in Rheumatology

Awards

  • OCMA Physicians of Excellence - 2009
  • OCMA Physicians of Excellence - 2010
  • OCMA Physicians of Excellence - 2012
  • OCMA Physicians of Excellence - 2014
  • Special Congressional Recognition Honor Award - 2006

Areas of Interest

  • Arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Osteoporosis