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Stephen Jae Kim, MD


Associate Professor

4.7 4.7 411 ratings

Insurance plans accepted

Insurance plans accepted

Areas of Expertise

Adult Ocular Tumor
Detached Retina
Diabetic Retinopathy
Macular Degeneration
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Board Certificates

Ophthalmology - American Board of Ophthalmology,


MD - Johns Hopkins University, 2001
Fellowship - Emory University, 2008
Fellowship - Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System, 2006
Residency - Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System, 2005
Internship - Mercy Medical Center, 2002


Vanderbilt Eye Institute
Vanderbilt Eye Institute
2311 Pierce Avenue
Nashville, TN 37232

Vanderbilt Eye Institute Franklin
Vanderbilt Eye Institute
4601 Carothers Parkway
Suite 450
Franklin, TN 37067

Patient Comments

Patient Comments are gathered from the Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey and displayed in full. Patients are not identified in order to respect patient privacy.
Would not trust my eye sight with anyone but Dr. Kim.
Patient | September 19, 2017

He spends the amount of time necessary for treatment.
Patient | August 28, 2017

Dr. Kim is always very through.
Patient | August 28, 2017

Love, love Dr. Kim - wish ALL doctors were like him - so very kind & compassionate.
Patient | August 24, 2017

Dr Kim is a brillant doctor who specializes in the eye disease I have. I think he is fabulous!
Patient | August 22, 2017

Very good! Knowledgeable, articulate, caring, very relatable, explained all aspects in detail.
Patient | July 20, 2017

Always good
Patient | June 14, 2017

Dr Kim and all of the Medical Staff were great it was the waiting time to see them that was bad.
Patient | May 29, 2017

I don't care if doctor is friendly, as long as they can communicate and answer questions, which was done expertly
Patient | May 27, 2017

Dr. Kim is clearly an expert in his field. He explained potential causes & treatments as well as listened to my information.
Patient | May 1, 2017

What I would like to highlight, is the fact that Dr. Stephen Kim has outstanding people skills and a bedside manner not normally seen in younger physicians his age. He listens, is concerned that he appropriately answers questions, and is interested in practicing continuous improvement in his surgeries; to the point that he is was very interested in how my experience during this surgery compared to the last surgery he did for me several years ago. I was able to pick up on the fact during conversation that he takes this information and uses it to adjust his processes/care going forward. He also personally called me at home following this surgery to see how I was doing. Dr Kim's interest and concern is genuine and comes across in his interactions with both myself and my husband. I appreciate the extra care he provides and have recommended him to friends in the past 2 years who needed a retina specialist and I will continue to do so in the future.
Patient | April 11, 2017

Dr. Kim has an excellent reputation! I am fortunate to have found him. Thank you.
Patient | March 27, 2017

Dr. Kim was great.
Patient | March 22, 2017

Good - Excellent.
Patient | February 22, 2017

Highest quality medical and personal. Shows concern, and explanations are complete and understandable. I look forward to visits, because I know that this is an excellent doctor who is willing to take the time to make me feel comfortable and to make explanations that show his care and support. I would recommend! him!
Patient | February 6, 2017

Very professional.
Patient | February 3, 2017

Love, love, Dr.Kim
Patient | November 22, 2016

Dr. Kim is an excellent doctor.
Patient | November 10, 2016

good experience
Patient | November 5, 2016

Dr., Kim is a good doctor. He will talk to you. #1. Dr. Kim.
Patient | November 3, 2016

This provider is an excellent doctor and person - he always works with ME and gives me confidence in his care!
Patient | October 25, 2016

Patient | October 25, 2016

Physician seems to be always so busy.
Patient | October 6, 2016

Did not treat _____ left eye promptly - Results I'm 50% blind in my right eye.
Patient | October 6, 2016

I'm very pleased with my provider
Patient | September 30, 2016

Very professional and seems to care about his patients.
Patient | September 27, 2016

Good no problems
Patient | September 22, 2016

#10. For 10. I don't know to answer because now my vision on my left eye is 20/20 and my right eye is 20/40 from the last visit.
Patient | September 1, 2016

Love Dr. Kim!
Patient | August 30, 2016

I am very fortunate to have Dr. Kim looking after my eye problem! He knows what he's doing and should be considered an exceptional asset to the Vanderbilt medical organization.
Patient | August 28, 2016

Dr. Kim very impressive and knowledge and patient care.
Patient | August 24, 2016

Dr. Kim is excellent w/helping us understand the complexity of condition.
Patient | August 23, 2016

Quite simply, Dr. Kim saved my eye about 3 years ago. He took on my case on a transfer from another service when the problem I presented was beyond their skills. As far as I can tell, it was an extremely difficult, very high risk case. He had the courage and the skill to take it on, and to succeed. I am extremely grateful to him. I suspect that this description, of conveyed to him, will identify me, which would not be a problem to me. I have the greatest of respect for him as a physician, and as a person. And I have found that the staff at Vanderbilt Medical and at the Eye Institute meet the highest standards of professional care, and are quite nice people as well.
Patient | August 21, 2016

Patient | August 15, 2016

Dr. Stephan Kim is through SO knowledgable. He is the best provider I have.
Patient | August 11, 2016

very patient , good patient education
Patient | August 8, 2016

All good.
Patient | August 5, 2016