As a student, I was always in awe of the human body. Becoming a doctor gave me the honor of being trusted to give advice and the opportunity to fix it! The gratitude I receive for helping my patients through a difficult diagnosis never grows old. I can’t imagine a more fulfilling job than being a surgeon.
— Dr. Kim

Patient Reviews

Dr. Kim was the surgeon on duty when I entered John Muir Hospital for emergency hernia repair. Her natural affability and communication skills make her a perfect fit for that role-- she inspires trust and confidence. I give her A+ for bedside manner. From my perspective, the surgery was completely successful, followed by rapid, painless healing.

Dr. Kim is a great surgeon.  She has excellent training, years of experience, and she has the perfect personality and skills to be a doctor.  She is meticulous to every detail,  very calm and patient and I really appreciated the way she explained my hernia surgical options.

Dr. Charleen Kim is an outstanding surgeon! Both my primary care physician and my gastroenterologist referred me to Dr. Kim for my hernia repair surgery. During my consultation with Dr. Kim, she answered all of my questions and fully explained the choice of procedures and any possible side effects. Dr. Kim is friendly and has an easy-going manner. That set me at ease during my consultation. The surgery was successful and any pain from the surgery was much reduced after only a couple of days. I experienced no adverse side effects or problems after the surgery. This was my first surgery and I am in my 60's. If I ever need surgery again, Dr. Charleen Kim will be the surgeon that I choose to perform that surgery.


Charleen Lee Kim, MD, FACS

Dr. Kim received her medical degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. She completed her internship and residency in general surgery at Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield, California. Dr. Kim is board certified in General Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons. She has extensive training in laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgery as well as complex surgery for trauma and other serious conditions. Dr. Kim is fluent in Spanish and conversational in Korean.

In her free time, Dr. Kim enjoys spending time with her family, playing piano, swimming and cooking.



Saint Louis University, School of Medicine 


 General Surgery, Kern Medical Center, Bakersfield, California


 General Surgery, Kern Medical Center, Bakersfield, California                                  


Board Certified in General Surgery


John Muir Medical Center Walnut Creek & Concord Campuses

Contra Costa Regional Medical Center 

San Ramon Regional Medical Center


Dr. Kim specializes in minimally invasive surgery for breast cancer, gallbladder disease, hernia and colon.