Dr. Benjamin Kim

General Surgery
Salt Lake City, UT
45 years experience male

Locations

Utah Cancer Institute. LLC

Salt Lake City, UT

Address

1220 east 3900 south, Suite 4F, Salt Lake City, UT
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: 9:30am - 5:00pm
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Fax

8012688248

Insurances accepted

Aetna Life Insurance Company

Altius Health Plan

Cigna

Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield of Utah

United HealthCare Insurance Company

Office

Salt Lake City, UT

About

Bio

<i><ul></ul></i> http://drbenjaminkim.com/ Graduated from Bronx HS of Science, Harvard College, Columbia P S Med School. Surgical training at Yale New Haven and fellowship at Surgery Branch, National Cancer Insitute, NIH. Faculty at Yale, Case Western and U. of Utah- Chief of Surgical Oncology. Director of Surgery at Utah Cancer Inst.

Specialties
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General Surgery

Licenses

United States: Utah

Languages spoken

English, Korean

Doctor Q&A

103 Answers
115 Agrees
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 45 years experience
Only anecdotally: Pathologic fractures occur when bones are weakened by tumor. Sarcoma in bone can fracture easily. Fracture of healthy bone is not felt to lead to sa... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 45 years experience
Oval lumps &gt;1/2 inch: Lymph nodes are normally present in neck but may enlarge from infections, tumors(lymphoma, metastatic cancers) or without known cause. May or may not... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 45 years experience
Operate now: You have a growing nodule. If it can be removed now, you will know what it is, and if benign, you have resolved the problem. If you wait 3 months fo... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 45 years experience
Variable: When tumors are deemed "unresectable"make sure a surgical oncologist skilled in hepatic resections made this evaluation. Unresectable differs from un... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 45 years experience
Pancreatico-duodenec: Pancreatico-duodenectomy.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 45 years experience
Indications: Whipple procedure( pancreatico- duodenectomy), si done for patients felt to be potentially curative by this resection. For cancers in the head of ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 45 years experience
Not necessarily: With ct scans, adrenal gland tumors are seen with increasing frequency. If greater than 4 cm, they should be removed because of risk for adrenal canc... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 45 years experience
Yes and No: Yes, the breast cancer needs to be promptly and properly diagnosed, staged and treated. No, the presence of pain does not alter the work up, treatment... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 45 years experience
Not necessarily: Medically, a "recurrence" after any cancer removal is, by definition, a cancer- therefore not benign. A new growth must be biopsied or excised and te... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 45 years experience
Improved: After recovery from surgery, life should be back to normal but may require, in some patients, supplementation with pancreatic digestive enzymes and/... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 45 years experience
Probably diverticula: Small intestinal diverticula are outpouchings that look like a sac protruding from the intestine and may contain a stones. Chronic irritation can lea... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 45 years experience
Yes it is an option: If she is having aspiration while receiving feedings via a peg tube, conversion to j- tube should diminish aspiration from gastric reflux( assuming th... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 45 years experience
Reword your question: Unclear what an "inlet patch" is that you refer to. Do you mean a gastric band, angelchik prosthesis, or some improvised repair. If you had prior s... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 45 years experience
Probably surgery: Calcified hematomas are unlikely to spontaneously resolve. If surgery is recommended, may be helpful to rule out underlying conditions that predispo... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 45 years experience
See doctor: Need evaluation for bleeding and possible complications from gallstones such as pancreatitis or common bile duct stone. See gastroenterologist, gener... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 45 years experience
Yes: Survival from liposarcoma depends on size, grade, and location of the tumor together with whether it has been completely removed with good margins. Lo... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 45 years experience
Contracted?: Contracted gallbladders are small on imaging(ultrasound or ct). Can be normal if the gallbladder recently emptied. It can be seen usually in older p... Read More
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 45 years experience
H. pylori: The majority of ulcers are caused by this bacterium helicobacter pylori. Other causes may involve high doses of anti inflammatory drugs or rarely tumo... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 45 years experience
Outpouching: From the duodenum. Usually asymptomatic and found during endoscopy or radiologic studies. It can lead to blockage of the biliary pancreatic tree, be... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 45 years experience
No: Hard to diagnose a bloody breast cyst by mammogram or ultrasound. If it was aspirated, a bloody fluid can be sent for cytology. Consider obtaining a... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 45 years experience
See surgeon: When you have these episodes to examine and evaluate both the breast, nipple mass and discharge. Mammograms much less sensitive in younger women and ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 45 years experience
Depends: On the identity of the malignancy, e.g. Adenocarinoma, neuroendocrine , location and distribution. If it can be removed, surgery. Recommend evaluati... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 45 years experience
Need to see doc: Nausea can be caused by many conditions including gallstones, gastritis, medicines, etc. You need to see your physician or gastroenterologist to be ... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 45 years experience
Depends: Medicine used to decrease the chance of breast cancer returning after "curative" surgery is chosen based upon the characteristics of the cancer. Poss... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 45 years experience
Dubious: Unaware data supporting benefit of sole 5fu (fluorouracil) adjuvant therapy of n3 gastric adenocarcinoma after complete resection ( negative margins)... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 45 years experience
Usually: Depends on the cause. If due to medicines e.g. Aspirin, ibuprofen, etc, the bleeding may heal by stopping the drug. Bleeding from cancer or tumors ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 45 years experience
SEE DOC: Needs evaluation. Many possibilities including infection, tumors, inflammatory conditions or even congenitial anomalies e.G oomphallo mesenteric remn... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 45 years experience
Yes: Go see your md or gasteroenterologist to get further evaluation. Go back to the er or a different er if pain gets worse.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 45 years experience
Possible infection: Go see your md or the facility where the blood drawn. Because of possibility that an infection is in communication with the vein, it should be eva... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 45 years experience
May not be polyps: If you had colon cancer 3 1/2 years ago and having problems, get re evaluated- both for recurrent polyps or tumors.
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 45 years experience
Yes acute appendicit: Pain, nausea, anorexia, fever, tenderness in right lower abdomen are the classic signs and symptoms. Retrocecal appendicitis may show little of these... Read More
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A 66-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 45 years experience
No: Umbilical (navel) hernias result from incomplete closing of the navel opening-which occurs late in the maturation of the fetus. It is very common. ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 45 years experience
Depends: Easily felt tumors can be surgically excised using local or general anesthetic. If too small or too deep to be felt, ultrasound or mammogram localiza... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 45 years experience
Maybe: Infections, swollen lymph nodes or even breast tissue can present under armpits without changes on the skin. Go see your doc.
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 45 years experience
Re evaluate.: If pain and dehydration recur, go back for re-evaluation and ask for a diagnosis. Major rule out diagnoses include appendicitis (especially retrocec... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 45 years experience
See doc: Unclear what is enlarged on the right side of your chest- breast(gynecomastia), muscle, mass, bone etc. Best to see your physician for a careful hist... Read More
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A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 45 years experience
Get evaluated: Vomiting with bleeding is serious. The wall of the stomach can tear with vigorous vomiting from any cause(mallory weiss tear). If you have persiste... Read More
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 45 years experience
Call your doctor: Want to make sure you do not have perforation. A good examination, bloodwork and probable imaging with ct scan may help. Do not wait.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 45 years experience
Or maybe not: Pain under the right rib cage with bloating may often result from gall bladder disease. See your primary doctor or a general surgeon who may start wit... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 45 years experience
Consider gallbladder: Post prandial nausea, bloating or pain are commonly seen in gallbladder disease. An ultrasound is a simple noninvasive test to look for stones that m... Read More
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A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 45 years experience
See surgeon: The problem with dissolving gallstones is that it may get small enough to pass into the common bile duct and cause blockage of the common bile duct- t... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 45 years experience
Short: Liver cancers vary in aggressiveness and life expectancies depend on many factors. But survival is probably in range of weeks to few months if not s... Read More
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 45 years experience
Gynecomastia perhaps: -breast development in males. Reflecting imbalance in ratio of estrogen to testosterone. Usually benign. See md or general/breast surgeon. Medicat... Read More
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A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 45 years experience
Depends on cause: If found incidentally it may not require intervention. If because of cystic fibrosis, chronic pancreatitis, obesity, cushing's etc therapy should be... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 45 years experience
See doc: Need further prompt evaluation. Especially if fevers, nausea, vomiting or increasing pain. Your pregnancy will alter site and presentation of append... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 45 years experience
Usually none.: Early breast tumors/cancer are usually silent- no pain, skin discoloration, mass, weight loss. Bloody or clear nipple discharge can result from a sma... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 45 years experience
Perhaps: Carcinoid tumors of the small bowel can cause crumpling. If metastatic to the liver, they can cause a "carcinoid syndrome" with diarrhea, flushing, ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 45 years experience
No: There is no contagious componenet to chemotherapy for bowel cancer. You can interact safely with those around you including children. You, however s... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 45 years experience
Probably not, but: By age, unless there is some family or ethnic history( eg. You were not born and raised in wi), highly improbable. But you should have it evaluated. ... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 45 years experience
Depends: Unusual to find 5 cm of free fluid 4 months following a colon resection in otherwise healthy person. The identity of this fluid will determine its co... Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Kim is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Kim is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks for your quick reply! Thanks. I went to a plastic surgeon and he told me it's probably gynecomastia. What worries me is that I've had it for aprox 4 months.
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! I was hospitalized due to the ongoing pain the ulcer is located in the doudeum as well as vomiting diarrhea. Thanks for responding
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Thanks for your quick reply! I'm not actually the 4 year old, my daughter is and she's also the one being tested for the deficiency.

Education & Training

Residency

YALE-NEW HAVEN HOSPITAL

Awards

Best of State Utah 2010, 2011
Best of State- Utah 2010
Best of State Utah 2011

Affiliations

Fellow, American College of Surgeons
Society of Surgical Oncology
Society of University Surgeons
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