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Dr. Nicholas Kim

Gender Affirming Surgery at the University of Minnesota

Nicholas Kim, MD, is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon and gender affirming surgery expert who offers Gender Reassignment Surgery procedures at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Dr. Kim performs both male-to-female and female-to-male surgery, including Breast Augmentation, Vaginoplasty and Vulvoplasty, Top Surgery and Phalloplasty.

University of Minnesota Health Comprehensive Gender Care features a multi-disciplinary team and is completely integrated from beginning to end, including initial and surgical consultations, sexual health, mental health, urology, gynecology, and voice training. Patients receive a quality experience with well-coordinated, timely and compassionate care.

Comprehensive Gender Care team members (left to right) Katie Spencer, PhD; Joseph J. Pariser, MD; Kate Wedin, RN; Lisa Butcher, MA, CCC-SLP; Nicholas Kim, MD; Ejay Jack, MSW, MPA. Source: Comprehensive Gender Care: University of Minnesota Health Initiative Supports Patients throughout Transition

Dr. Kim earned a medical degree from University of Minnesota Medical School and completed a residency at Medical College of Wisconsin. He gained specialized gender surgery expertise from a fellowship at Gent University Hospital in Belgium. Dr. Kim is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Plastics and Reconstruction at the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis.

Dr. Kim maintains active membership in the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and is also a member of the World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH).

University of Minnesota Health Clinics and Surgery Center
University of Minnesota Health Clinics and Surgery Center

FTM Surgery in Minnesota
Dr. Kim offers multiple methods of Top Surgery for trans masculine and non-binary individuals, including Keyhole and Double Incision with or without nipple grafts. Dr. Kim’s multidisciplinary team includes several excellent OB/GYNs who can perform Hysterectomy:

  • Dr. Christy Boraas, OB/GYN
  • Dr. Suzanne Darnell, OB/GYN
  • Dr. Rebecca French, OB/GYN
  • Dr. Sarah Hutto, OB/GYN
  • Dr. Mary Pukite, OB/GYN
  • Dr. Carrie Terrell, OB/GYN

Dr. Kim also performs microsurgical Phalloplasty, using either the forearm (RFF) or thigh (ALT) donor sites. Dr. Kim performs the microsurgery and plastic surgery aspects of Phalloplasty. He works with two Urologists who assist by completing the urethroplasty and penile implant surgeries.

  • Dr. Sean Elliott, Urologist
  • Dr. Joseph Pariser, Urologist

MTF Surgery in Minnesota
For trans women and those on the feminine spectrum, Dr. Kim offers Breast Augmentation, Vaginoplasty (Penile Inversion) and Vulvoplasty. Dr. Kim also works with Urologists who can perform Orchiectomy:

  • Dr. Joshua Bodie
  • Dr. Sean Elliott
  • Dr. Joseph Pariser

The University of Minnesota Health Comprehensive Gender Care team also includes Speech Language Pathologists who provide voice training:

  • Lisa Butcher, MA, CCC-SLP
  • Daniel Weinstein, MA, CCC-SLP

Surgery Requirements
Dr. Kim follows World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) guidelines for surgery for minors and adults, as well as mammography protocols of the American Cancer Society.

  • Letter of recommendation from a psychologist or other mental health professional
  • Mammograms prior to top surgery are often required based on the surgeon’s evaluation
  • Dr. Kim will operate on minors with parental consent.

Financing & Insurance
Credit cards, checks and insurance from all major insurance companies are accepted. Medicare and Medicaid are also accepted but individual plans determine if Dr. Kim is in-network or not. Specific financial questions and issues are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Booking a Consultation
Dr. Kim is available for in-person consultations. During the consultation, Dr. Kim will discuss your surgical options in detail, and you’ll also learn about what to expect before, during and after your surgery.

Have questions? Contact Dr. Kim’s office at 612‑676‑4227. Visit for more information about Dr. Kim.