Dr Sunny Kim, MD

Dr. Sunny Kim, MD

Dr. Kim, MD

Dr. Kim is the founder and president of Progressive Rehabilitation Medicine which was established in Cedar Rapids, IA in 2005 with the mission of offering advanced non-surgical pain management solutions. Dr. Kim originally grew up in NJ, attended college at Cornell University in NY, and received his medical degree from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Subsequently, he completed an internal medicine fellowship through John Hopkins University/Sinai Hospital in Baltimore and then his residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Rutgers/Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation which is considered one of the top training programs for this medical specialty. Dr. Kim served as academic chief resident in his final year of specialization where he gained invaluable insights into the complexity of healthcare systems.

Dr. Kim’s Credentials

Dr. Kim is Board-Certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and is a Fellow of American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He has special interests in the non-surgical treatment of spine, sports and musculoskeletal pain conditions.


  • June 2002-2005 — Rutgers NEW JERSEY MEDICAL SCHOOL, Newark, NJ
    (Resident physician in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation)
  • 2004-2005 — Academic Chief Resident
  • June 2001-2002 — JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY/SINAI HOSPITAL, Baltimore, MD (Fellowship in General Internal Medicine)
  • May 2001 — Rutgers NEW JERSEY MEDICAL SCHOOL, Newark, NJ (Doctorate of Medicine)
  • May 1993-1997 —  CORNELL UNIVERSITY, COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES, Ithaca, NY (Major: Chemistry; Concentration: International Relations)

Board Certifications and Licensure

  • Diplomate American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2006 – 2026)
    • Scored over 90th percentile on recertification board exam
  • Licensed Physician State of Iowa – Active
  • Licensure Physician State of New Jersey – Inactive

Clinical Appointments

  • August 2005-Present — President – Progressive Rehabilitation Medicine, PLC
  • March 2016- 2017 — Medical Director – Mercy Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit Center of Excellence
  • May 2007-2010 — Medical Director – St. Luke’s Human Motion Institute – Spine Care
  • November 2013 — Present – Surgery Center of Cedar Rapids Chronic Tendon Pain Center of Excellence (TENEX Specialist)

Clinical Practice

  • Musculoskeletal, spine, sports and occupational medicine
  • Diagnostic and Interventional Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
  • Neurodiagnostics testing: EMG/NCV
  • Neurorehabilitation: botulinum toxin injections, alcohol neurolysis, Intrathecal baclofen pump management
  • Regenerative Orthopedic Medicine: platelet rich plasma, deep tissue laser therapy, non-surgical spinal decompression
  • Independent Medical Examinations

Current Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Founder, American Academy of Stem Cell Physicians
  • Member, Academy of Regenerative Practices
  • Member, International Federation of Adipose Therapeutics and Science
  • Member, North American Spine Society

Former Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine
  • American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine
  • North American Spine Society


Publications and Presentations

Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2004 May;83(5):379-89. Critical review of prolotherapy for osteoarthritis, low back pain, and other musculoskeletal conditions: a physiatric perspective. Kim SR1, Stitik TP, Foye PM, Greenwald BD, Campagnolo DI.

The Ultimate Non-Surgical Knee Pain Solution. 90 minute Books. 2013

Association of Academic Physiatrists. Errors in Medicine. Best Paper Award. Tucson, AZ. March 2005

Regenerative Medicine. Iowa Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. University of Iowa Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation. Iowa City, IA 2011; seminar

Regenerative Medicine. Central States Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Coralville, IA 2011. Seminar

Safety & Efficacy of TENEX Percutaneous Tenotomy for Chronic Tendon Pain. The Orthobiologic Institute, Las Vegas, NV. June 2016. Poster Presentation

Rehabilitation after Orthopedic Stem Cell Therapy for Chronic Refractory Knee Pain. Academy of Regenerative Practices. Fort Lauderdale, FL March 2017, Seminar

Orthopedic Stem Cell Therapy: Can it regenerate cartilage? American Academy of Stem Cell Physicians (Miami Stem Cell Summit). Miami FL, June 2018. seminar

AAOSCP Conference Cadaver and Live Workshop Miami, FL, January 2019, Seminar