Kevin Yoo, M.D.

My greatest satisfaction comes when a patient who has been suffering for a long time comes back into my office after surgery, very happy and satisfied that his or her problems are much better. 


Dr. Yoo


Neurological Surgery

Special Interests

Degenerative Spine

Traumatic Brain Injury


Education: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Emory University School of Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Residency: Loyola University Medical Center, Department of Neurosurgery, University of California San Diego Division of Neurosurgery

About Dr. Kevin Yoo

Dr. Yoo began his studies at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned degrees in English and chemistry. He went on to attend Emory University School of Medicine, where he got his doctorate in medicine. In medical school, Dr. Yoo befriended a senior neurosurgical resident, whose surgical talent and passion for his field inspired Dr. Yoo to study neurosurgery.

He completed his graduate studies, internship and two years of research at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences before moving to Illinois for the first half of his residency at Loyola University Medical Center. Dr. Yoo completed his neurosurgical training at University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Yoo has always had a passion for research, which has led to a number of publications and presentations. He has been trained in minimally invasive surgery of the spine and specializes in degenerative spine diseases, spine trauma, brain tumors, traumatic brain injury and metastatic spine cancer. Dr. Yoo sees patients at the La Jolla, Oceanside, San Marcos and Encinitas locations.

With a meticulous attention to detail, Dr. Yoo is a problem solver who strives to provide comprehensive individualized care to each of his patients. He understands that decisions regarding one’s health can be daunting, especially when his patient’s needs are life and limb threatening. He makes a great effort to keep his patients well-informed of their choices and maintains frequent and clear lines of communication. He prides himself on being available to patients at all times and being able to explain medical information thoroughly but in a way that is easy to understand. Dr. Yoo’s passion for helping patients improve their quality of life is unmatched.

Dr. Yoo grew up in the South and loves southern food, hospitality and country music. He enjoys spending his spare time with his family. He can often be found chauffeuring his three children and attending their sporting events.

“What little time I have I spend with my children,” he says. “It turns out I am mostly a driver for their many activities. But even then, just being with them is something I like, as one day they will go off to colleges and then it will just be memories.”


Director of cCARE Connects Foundation Board, 2018 – Current

Director of Neurosurgery, Alvarado Hospital Medical Center, 2018 – Current

Director of Neurosurgery, Paradise Valley Hospital, 2017 – Current

Co-chair, Neuroscience Care Line, Scripps Memorial Hospital at Encinitas 2017 – Current

San Diego Medical Society Award

Champions for Health (Formerly San Diego County Medical Society Foundation):Health Heroes Award, March 2017

Morehead Scholar at University of North Carolina

University of North Carolina Dean’s Honor List

Member of the UNC Honors Program and the North Carolina Fellows Program

Awarded the Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship 1989 at Emory University

Member of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and the North American Spine Society

Castle Connolly Top Doctors (2020)


Hosseini P, Mundis G, Yoo K. Successful Spine-Shortening Osteotomy for Recurrent Tethered Cord Syndrome in a Patient with Ehlers-Danlos Type III and Mosaic Trisomy 20: A Case Report. Shafa Ortho J. 2018 February; 5(1):e64977.