His specialty is pain management using intervention spine techniques, including epidurals, rhizotomies, radio frequency ablations, and endoscopic spine surgeries.
FRESNO, CA, April 12, 2018 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Dr. Paul Ky has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
An expert in physical medicine and rehabilitation and an interventional spine specialist, Dr. Ky has served as a doctor and founder of Advanced Pain Solutions since 2009. His specialty is pain management using intervention spine techniques, including epidurals, rhizotomies, radio frequency ablations, and endoscopic spine surgeries. In addition, he has published numerous articles in medical journals and special reports on topics related to his field of expertise. He is a member of the American Osteopathic Association, the Spine Interventional Society, the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehab, and the Association of Interventional Pain Physicians.
Dr. Ky began his career as a student at California State University, obtaining a BA in business, also completing coursework at Fresno State University. He went on to study medicine at the Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, earning a DO in 2004, and he served in an internship in family medicine at the Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine of Pacific Downey Medical Center in 2005. He then joined the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine for a residency with the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2008, and a fellowship in pain medicine with the Department of Anesthesiology in 2009. In addition, he has been certified in acupuncture medicine by the Xiamen University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
At the age of seven Paul Ky's life was upended. His family's rice hauling business in Cambodia was seized; and, his entire family sentenced to death for their commerce background and Chinese heritage under the new communistic government regime. Fortunately for the family, a general took pity on the Ky family, arranging to have them relocated and given new identities. While they were allowed to live, Paul and his younger brother were both sentenced to child-labor camps where they would stay for the next three years working in the rice fields, digging rice canals and creating small levies. While there, Paul nearly died when he stepped on a branch and cut his right foot. Because the children wore no shoes and stood in water much of the day, Paul's foot became infected and he was unable to work. His guards refused to feed him because they did not believe that he was hurt. He became septic and began hallucinating. Someone found a rushed needle and was able to drain the wound, thus saving Paul's life for the second time.
When the North Vietnamese decided to invade Cambodia, Paul's father knew that it could be his only possible opportunity to retrievc his two sons from the labor camps and flee the area during the invasion chaos. While there were hundreds of child labor camps to search, someone Paul's father found the boys and the entire family, now back together after three years, were able to escape. While they hiked through jungles peppered with land mines, the excitement of being together and running away from the oppression they had endured tempered the fear they felt of possibly triggering one of the well-hidden land mines. The family arrived safely to Thailand. Their joy was thwarted when they were immediately put in what Paul can only describe and a cage upon entering the country. So many Cambodians were attempting to escape their own country that the Thailand government feared that the onslaught of refugees would collapse their own economy. The Ky family was asked what country they wanted to be sent to. They has not heard of any other countries and had no idea where they should even ask to go. Paul's father told the interviewer that the family was willing to go anywhere but China. Four months later, a family from a Southern Baptist Church in Houston, Texas sponsored the family. At the time, the family had nothing. They were not even fully clothed when they boarded the plane for America. When they arrived, it was very overwhelming for them. Living in small agrarian villages or camps their entire lives, they had never seen buildings or experienced electricity. This was a very confusing time for the family. One of Paul's first memories of the United States was the grocery store. In Cambodia, a person purchased or traded for one or two specific items with another person. A grocery store was just too remarkable for them to begin to understand. AS they went along the aisles with their sponsor and her shopping cart, she was putting food in the cart. Paul's family didn't understand and thought maybe food was free in America. It wasn't until they got to the checkout line that they understood how food was distributed in the United States. As one of the older children, there were 7 in total, much of the responsibility of contributing to the family's income was on his shoulders. No one in the family was educated. They could not speak English. They were on welfare and worked in the fields. When Paul wasn't working in the fields he was collecting bottles and cans, mowing lawns, delivering newspapers, any work he could find. He also cared for his older sister who has cerebral palsy.
The family didn't know about telephones when they arrived, but they finally were able to find relatives in the Stockton area. They saved their money and purchased one-way tickets to California to be reunited with extended family.
Paul attended school and obtained a business degree from California State University, Fresno in 1990. He felt a business degree was his best chance of supporting his family and his siblings as they each began entering universities. His other had wanted to own her own business and Paul's business education helped with that dream. The family scraped together $35,000 to purchase a donut shop in Reedley.
Paul's younger brother was accepted to the University of Southern California's (USC) dental program. According to Paul, "When my younger brother got into USC, I thought "I'm smarter than he is. My competitiveness got the best of me." Paul decided that he, too, wanted to become a doctor, however, his GPA from his business degree was only a 2.87 because he hadn't learned the English language well enough and struggled when reading the textbooks. Paul had to go back to CSUF and take additional classes to raise his GPA to a 3.4. A 3.4 is needed in order to have medical school administrators consider your application. It took years, but Paul was able to eventually raise his GPA, get accepted into medical school and eventually study and practice medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. During his medical education, Paul was diagnosed with cancer and was forced to take a year off from his studies. He said, "Although my medical conditions presented a personal challenge, they also strengthened my resolve to study and succeed in medicine."
Today the Ky family, coming to the United States of America with barely clothes on their backs, now has three dentists, two doctors and owns four donut shops. The most notable shop they own is Donuts to Go on 11th Street in Reedley. Dr. Paul Ky and his family live in Reedley. With his business education and experience, coupled with his medical education, he owns Advanced Pain Solutions and Ky Advanced Surgical Center in Fresno. Both companies are medical clinic and JACOAH certified aimed at treating chronic pain respectively. He says, "I want to be a great physician. I want to provide excellent care to people, and have the financial stability so that I can go back and do mission work in Cambodia on a regular basis. Dr. Ky also set up a self-funded, EduScholars Foundation, Inc. to provide scholarships to needy students.
According to Dr. Ky, "We are grateful to have an opportunity to live in America and enjoy the fruits of hard labor. This is truly the land of opportunity despite the difficulties. Who would have thought that we would have the opportunity to be a doctor or dentist when we didn't even know what a doctor or dentist was. This was not even in our dreams. My older sister, with cerebral palsy, holds two masters degrees. This is a girl who was sent to be killed because of her disability. But, in America you can dream. You can not only realize your dreams but go beyond your dreams."
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