Attending Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Associate Professor of Surgery, Keck School of Medicine of USC
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Richard W. Kim MD FACS completed his training at the University of Pennsylvania and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia under Dr. Thomas Spray and has been mentored by Dr. Vaughn Starnes for nearly a decade. He is an expert in the surgical repair of congenital heart defects and routinely performs complex neonatal procedures and multiple re-do operations. He has extensive operative experience for all forms of single ventricle lesions including Norwood palliation for Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. He is actively funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and has co-authored recent publications in Nature, Science, Nature Communications, and Nature Genetics.


Medical School: 

State University of New York-Brooklyn College of Medicine


Yale University School of Medicine


General Surgery - Yale University School of Medicine

Cardiothoracic Surgery- Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery- Children's Hospital of Philadelphia



Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery, American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Congenital Cardiac Surgery, American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Research Interests: 

Dr. Kim seeks to leverage cutting-edge gene discovery platforms to advance the clinical management of children undergoing congenital heart surgery. By using machine learning algorithms to relate 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 surgery to each individual patient.

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