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Dr. Benjamin Kim

General Surgery
Salt Lake City, UT
43 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

124 Answers
141 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 43 years experience
Needs evaluation: Possibilities include enlarged spleen, issues from pancreas, colon, stomach, kidney, gallbladder or prior surgery. Your physician can review your his... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 43 years experience
Is it a cyst?: If a sebaceous cyst, comp[lete surgical excision should take care of it. Hidadrenitis, requires a more extensive operation to remove multiple glands.... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 43 years experience
Talk to his MD: Incarcerated umbilical hernia can be painful and protrude- and should be promptly operated on. If there is an infection like and abscess it could be ... Read More
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 43 years experience
Yes: Technically should be possible to take down and reverse nissen, even laparoscopically. The important question is why it was done and what the reason ... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 43 years experience
Maybe: The location and extent of diverticulitis determines its presentation. A ct scan may show that it is low lying in the pelvis causing pressure or irri... Read More
A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 43 years experience
Yes: She should have it examined- by her primary or a general surgeon. Not sure if you meant within or outside hairline- but most lumps are benign- infect... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 43 years experience
Depends: Simple fibroadenomas do not increase risk of breast cancer. However, some fibroadenomas are complex and do have a small increased lifetime risk for c... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 43 years experience
Where is the hernia?: If you are having pain from hernias in the groin, belly button or surface of the abdomen, surgery is best unless you have had manyu unsuccessful repai... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 43 years experience
Yes: Go to the emergency department. They should evaluate you to find out what is causing your pain and treat it.
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 43 years experience
Probably.: Much interest and research o0n phyto Estrogens in soy products. No convincing clinical studies to contra indicate soy in diet- especially if occasion... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 43 years experience
Low: Because lynch syndrome is caused by defects in dna repair, there is increased risk of cancers not only of the colon and rectum but gastric, bile du... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 43 years experience
Get evaluated: This may be lymphadenopathy- enlarging nodes- from infection or malignancy. Especially if there is family history, neurofibromatosis is consideration... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 43 years experience
Molecular targeting: These agents are designed to selectively knock out key pathways your tumor may use to grow. Presumably you already had your tumor tested for these d... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 43 years experience
Varies but not long: How long some one lives with stage IV liver cancer( hepatocellular cancer and not metastatic from other primary site) depends on the aggressiveness of... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 43 years experience
See your doc: Celiac does not usually present with bloody diarrhea. You need to see your physician or gastroenterologist to have this evaluated- urgently.
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 43 years experience
Cells vs tissue: Fnacuses a small needle to dislodge cells to see i they are malignant. Requires expertise of a cytopathologist to get accurate readings. Core biops... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 43 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
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 43 years experience
Tumor: It is known now to be caused by a herpes virus and therefore transmitted from person to person. Immunocompromised persons are more susceptible such a... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 43 years experience
Yes: The most common type of breast cancer is invasive ductal cancer. Less commonly lobular. Rarer are medullary, tubular, etc. However, even within duc... Read More
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 43 years experience
Abdominal exam first: The obvious concern is to first rule out an ovarian cancer- with a good gyn and abdominal exam, ct, and ca-125 tumor marker. With personal history of... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 43 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
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 43 years experience
Yes: A twisted colon or volvulus, can tighten and cause a blockage. Surgery is often required
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 43 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
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 43 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
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 43 years experience
Stool: Appendicitis is inflammation of the appendix. Sometimes the appendix may have small firm stool ("appendicolith")that can irritate and cause pain mim... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 43 years experience
Can't: Sarcomas, like all malignancies, ultimately involve mutations that dysregulates growth and multiplication of particular cells in the body. Although e... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 43 years experience
Many: Kaposi is caused by a herpesvirus. There are several different settings which will dictate who diagnoses and then treats ranging from a family practi... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 43 years experience
Yes: Historically, pancreaticoduodectomy was much feared for its high complication and mortality rate. However in experienced hands, it can be done safely... Read More
A 62-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 43 years experience
Depends : After surgery, sarcoma recurrence will depend upon the type, size, grade, location and the adequacy of the surgery. If tumor was left behind, it will... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 43 years experience
Yes gym with it: No, diastasis recti is the separation of the abdominus recti muscles away from the midline leading to protrusion. Often misdiagnosed as a hernia- whi... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 43 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
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 43 years experience
Depends-improving : Studies have shown clear benefit with adjuvant chemo radiation following surgery in intergroup study. "classic" trial from korea showed benefit using... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 43 years experience
Needs evaluation: Unless improving on its own, see your primary , an otolaryngologist or an experienced general surgeon. Benign or malignant tumors may arise from the ... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 43 years experience
Consider gallstones: At 31, most common problems may be gall baldder- get an ultrasound. Gastritis or ulcer disease should be considered. See your physician or gastroenter... Read More
A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 43 years experience
REcurrence: Type i gastric carcinoids are the most common and usually do not metastasize. They require careful surveillance with endoscopic resection for the smal... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 43 years experience
Varies: The most visually striking are dark and black when cut open. Amelanotic melanomas may be non pigmented. Sizes vary from microscopic to huge. They ma... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 43 years experience
Depends on cause: Ascites is seen in liver( cirrhosis), kidney, or congestive heart failure. Fluid may be blood from trauma, rupture of spleen, liver or ovary cyst. If ... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 43 years experience
No: Timing of antibiotics, like any medicine is determined by pharmacokinetic studies that measures the level of drugs over time. If you take too much- y... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 43 years experience
Surgery probably: Likely you have lipomatosis- a condition with many lipomas occurring in the body, often running in families. Unfortunately, surgery remains the only ... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 43 years experience
Yes: Probable hemorrhoids or anal fissure. Go see our doc or proctologist.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 43 years experience
Yes: There are multiple options depending on the particulars of locations of the tumors, prior therapy, and your health status. Treatments may include sur... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 43 years experience
See doc: Vomitting coffee grounds means you have upper GI bleeding. This may not be related to your gall bladder surgery but is a serious medical condition th... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 43 years experience
See your surgeon: You need to be evaluated and treatment plan- including what to do about your bra. Your surgeon should instruct you on how best to stop bleeding and p... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 43 years experience
Probably cannot: Thyroidectomy followed by radioactive iodine ablation is usually done for thyroid cancer. Ask your doctor for your diagnosis and why you were treated... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 43 years experience
Surgery: Most likely have a sebaceous cyst. See a general surgeon or your physician to have it evaluated and treated.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 43 years experience
Aggressive tumor: Inflammatory bc causes redness and swelling of the breast mimicking and often mistaken for infection initially. They block the lymphatics in the skin... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 43 years experience
Unusual: Should see and ask your surgeon. Fluid intraperitoneally may just be from fluid (irrigation) used during surgery . But other possibilities include ... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 43 years experience
Yes: Clinical trials are studies aimed at asking if a particular therapy is effective. Therapies can be any type of intervention- surgery, drugs, radiatio... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 43 years experience
Dead tissue: Gangrene is ultimately caused by death of the cells that make up a tissue or organ. It can be cused by loss of blood flow, infection, trauma, etc. I... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Kim
General Surgery 43 years experience
Straining : Raising the pressure in the abdomen with any activity (valsalva) can exert outward force on the hernia. This will increase protrusion and over time ... Read More

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Kim is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 30, 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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