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Richard W. Kim, M.D., FACS
Richard W. Kim, M.D., FACS

Richard W. Kim, MD, FACS, is assistant professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. He received his medical degree from State University of New York, Brooklyn. There he received the Jackson H. Stuckey Award for Outstanding Surgical Research and was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. Dr. Kim completed his general surgery residency training and research fellowship at Yale University in 2004. He then continued his training at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he completed his cardiothoracic surgery residency in 2006, and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where he completed his Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery fellowship in 2007. Prior to joining the faculty in September 2010, Dr. Kim was assistant professor of Surgery at Yale University, practicing pediatric and adult congenital cardiothoracic surgery.

Contact

Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles
4650 Sunset Blvd, MS#66
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Phone: (323) 361-4148 (office)
E-mail: rikim@chla.usc.edu

Offices

Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles
4650 Sunset Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone: (323) 361-4148
Fax: (323) 361-3668

Hospitals

Education

  • University of Chicago, B.A., 1992
  • State University of New York, M.D., 1996

Residencies

  • Intern and Resident in General Surgery, Yale-New Haven Hospital Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven CT, 1996- 2004
  • Chief Resident in General Surgery, Yale-New Haven Hospital Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven CT, 2003- 2004
  • Resident in Cardiothoracic Surgery, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia PA, 2004- 2006
  • Chief Resident in Cardiothoracic Surgery, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia PA, 2005- 2006

Fellowships

  • Fellow in Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Philadelphia PA, 2006- 2007

Research Interests

Dr. Kim’s research interests focus on cardiac genetics, first using stem cell technology in the laboratory to understand the relationship between DNA mutation and cardiac phenotype and second, by melding cutting-edge gene discovery platforms with the clinical management of children undergoing congenital heart surgery, as a principal investigator on the NIH/NHLBI sponsored program project CHD-GENES. By carefully relating genetic changes to functional or physiologic differences in how individual children respond to cardiac surgery, he hopes to develop new paradigms in pediatric cardiac surgery that optimize patient care by tailoring surgical management to each individual patient.

Research Training

  • Research Assistant, Pathobiologic Determinants of Atherosclerosis in Youth/ Risk Factors in Early Human Atherogenesis (PDAY/ RFEHA) Group, University of Chicago, Chicago IL, 1989- 1992
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Interdepartmental Program in Vascular Biology and Transplantation, Boyer Center for Molecular Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven CT, 1998- 2001

Board Certification

  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery, 2007

Awards

  • The Jackson H. Stuckey Award for Outstanding Surgical Research, State University of New York, 1996.
  • The Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education, Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Award 1999.
  • Chief Resident, Surgery, Yale- New Haven Hospital, 2003.
  • Chief Resident, Thoracic Surgery (Cardiac), Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 2006.

Languages

  • English
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