Dr. Jin Kim is a sought-out speaker at dental congresses and educational forums around the world. As of early 2020, he had been invited and lectured in over 46 different countries.

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Dr. Jin Y. Kim, a practicing periodontist in California is the director of the West Coast Study Club, and Next Level Dentistry, an advanced training institute for dental professionals. Born in Korea, he grew up in Sydney, Australia, where he completed dental school in 1986. He completed a clinical residency at UCLA School of Dentistry, and obtained specialist status in 1998. He is a diplomate in both the American Board of Periodontology and the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry.

 

Jin Kim has extensive experience in clinical dentistry, and in particular, he prides his valuable experiences in general dentistry which he experienced from 1987-1994. During that time, he was able to practice in private practice settings, hospital settings, and academic dentistry, in Australia, Korea, and in California. His exposure to many facets of restorative dentistry gave him advantages in complex interdisciplinary treatment planning which he practices with local peers daily and teaches to dentists around the world.

 

Apart from specialty private practices in Diamond Bar, and West Garden Grove, California, Dr. Kim is currently engaged in teaching dental students, residents, and fellow dental professionals, as a lecturer at UCLA School of Dentistry, adjunct professor at Daegu Catholic University and as guest faculty at a number of international dental schools. He has spoken at national and international academic and clinical podiums including the International Association of Dental Research (IADR), Academy of Osseointegration (AO), American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), European Federation of Periodontology (EuroPerio), International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI), National Institutes of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD), California Society of Periodontists (CSP), Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), Korean Academy of Maxillofacial Implants, Columbia Society of Periodontology, and at a number of universities including New York University, USC, UCSF, Loma Linda University, University of Miami, Seoul National University, Wonkwang University, Chosun University, Chung San University, University of Sydney, University of Hong Kong, and of course, his alma mater, UCLA. Dr. Kim’s international lecture appearances span over many states and cities in the USA, Australia, Canada, Spain, England, Jamaica, Korea, Taiwan, China, Thailand, India, Vietnam, Pakistan, Palestine, Israel, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, and Chile. As of 2020, he had presented lectures in over 46 different nations globally.  Click here to go to Dr. Kim's curriculum vitae.

Dr. Kim is currently a consultant to several major dental implant companies and to a number of surgical device manufacturers. His research has been published in respected scientific journals such as Journal of Periodontology, Annals of Periodontology, Dental Implantology Update, Journal of Dental Research, Practical Periodontics and Aesthetic Dentistry, International Journal of Periodontics and Restorative Dentistry, and in several dental textbooks. He has translated Dr. Arun Garg’s popular implant textbook into Korean language, and has contributed to a book chapter of a implant dentistry case textbook in Korea. Click here to go to Dr. Kim's scientific and clinical articles. 


Dr. Kim is married to Dr. Connie Kyung Hye Choi, a dentist trained at USC School of Dentistry, and practicing general dentistry. They are the proud parents of three boys, Justin, Stanley, and Cameron. He enthusiastically participates in boy scout activities at troop 93 in Fullerton, California, and is particularly proud of two Eagle scouts. The oldest son, Justin, became a dentist following his parents' footsteps and graduated from Columbia School of Dental Medicine in 2022. The second son, Stanley is a software programmer in the Bay area. The youngest son is working hard to achieve the Eagle status!

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  • Diplomate, American Board of Periodontology

  • Diplomate, American Board of Oral Implantology

  • Diplomate, International Congress of Oral Implantologists

  • Fellow, American Academy of Implant Dentistry

  • Fellow, American College of Dentists

  • Fellow, World Academy of Piezoelectric Bone Surgery

  • Past President, Western Society of Periodontology

  • Former Lecturer, UCLA & University of Sydney

  • Adjunct Professor, Daegu Catholic University

  • Director, West Coast Study Club

  • Director, Next Level Dentistry

  • Former Director, Global Dental Implant Academy

  • Ambassador, Clean Implant Foundation

Key Opinion Leader and Distinguished Educator

West Coast Study Club, a Seattle Study Club affiliate club in southern California held its annual symposium on 11/12/2022 in Brea, California. Dr. Jin Kim spoke on the "Spirit of Interdisciplinary Dentistry." Dr. Kim founded the club in 2019. The founder of Seattle Study Club, Dr. Michael Cohen was present at the event and oversaw a workshop in complex treatment planning.

THE WEST COAST STUDY CLUB SYMPOSIUM 2022, BREA, CA 

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ICOI World CongresS 2022, LAS Vegas, Nevada

ICOI's 50th Anniversary World Congress was held in Las Vegas. Dr. Jin Y. Kim presented a lecture entitled, "On  A Soft Tissue Rescue Mission" a treatise on strategies on managing soft tissue techniques around dental implants.

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DENTIS WORLD Congress 2022, SEOUL, KOREA 

Dr. Jin Kim presented strategies to overcome catastrophic dental implant failures in Seoul, Korea, in October 2022. Entitled, "Life after Catastrophic Failures: Indications for Pterygoid and Zygomatic Implants," he presented a thesis on maintenance and m, management strategies for complex full-arch cases that may end up with catastrophic failures quite easily.

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ASID credential training 2022, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

Being an Aussie, Dr. Kim finds pride in associating anything Australian. Each year, for the past several years, he had been invited to teach a two-days course in Sysney where ASID members receive credentialled training on surgical aspects of implast dentistry. 

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WAUPS is an international organization formed by Professor D-S Sohn, an oral surgeon from Korea to promote understanding of the piezoelectric bone surgery concepts. Annual conferences are held around the world. In 2022, it was held in Hanoi, Vietnam. Jin Kim spoke on the utilization of pterygoid and zygomatic implants in complex cases where other alternatives are not viable. 

WAUPS CONGRESS 2022, HANOI, VIETNAM

THE RISING STARS FORUM 2022, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

Jin Kim together with Dr. Adam Miller, from San Francisco, and Dr. Courtney Lavigne, an orthodontist from Boston participated in the Seattle Study Club Interdisciplinary Treatment Planning Session - competing against another team of specialists for the ideal case planning. Supported by 10 fellow members of his own West Coast Study Club, Jin's team won the competition with flying colors!

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TRAINING IN UTILIZATION OF CBCT TECHNOLOGY IN CLINICAL DENTISTRY

Organized by a southern California organization, the World Academy of Dental Education, WADE, Dr. Jin Kim regularly teaches courses in understanding the 3D CBCT technology. With an emphasis on interpreting the technology and images, the course provides aids in surgical planning, and  surgical guide fabrication including 3D printing technology.  

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LIVE PATIENT IMPLANT SURGERY TRAINING PROGRAM in MEXICO and VIETNAM

Live surgery programs are offered in Vietnam through WAUPS. This program is taught by Dr. Eric Park, Professor D-S Sohn, and Dr. Jin Kim - the original three "sticky brothers" who advocated the use of sticky bone in GBR since 2006. The program in Tijuana, Mexiso is organized by Implant Accelerator and Dr. John Taesung Ku. 

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In 2012, Jin Kim and a team of pioneer clinicians, Eric Park and Charles Park, formed a group called Global Dental Implant Academy (GDIA) and started a well-structured dental implant training program on live patients in Tijuana, Mexico. Over the course of 54 programs, his team delivered more than 12,000 dental implants to the needed local population. Dr. Jin Kim's contract with GDIA ended in 2022.

DIRECTOR OF LIVE IMPLANT SURGERY TRAINING PROGRAM 2012-2022, TIJUANA, MEXICO

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DIRECTOR OF LIVE IMPLANT SURGERY TRAINING PROGRAM 2012-2022, TIJUANA, MEXICO

In 2012, Jin Kim and a team of pioneer clinicians, Eric Park and Charles Park, formed a group called Global Dental Implant Academy (GDIA) and started a well-structured dental implant training program on live patients in Tijuana, Mexico. Over the course of 54 programs, his team delivered more than 12,000 dental implants to the needed local population. Dr. Jin Kim's contract with GDIA ended in 2022.

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