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Richard W. Kim, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
HCC 514 Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 361 4148


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.


Rubin N, Harrison MR, Krainock M, Kim R, Lien CL. Recent advancements in understanding endogenous heart regeneration-insights from adult zebrafish and neonatal mice. Semin Cell Dev Biol. 2016 Oct; 58:34-40. View in: PubMed

Krainock M, Toubat O, Danopoulos S, Beckham A, Warburton D, Kim R. Epicardial Epithelial-to-Mesenchymal Transition in Heart Development and Disease. J Clin Med. 2016; 5(2). View in: PubMed

Sheen A, De Oliveira ER, Kim RW, Parham D, Lakshmanan A. Atrial Thrombus in a Neonate: A Diagnostic Challenge. AJP Rep. 2015 Apr; 5(1):e18-21. View in: PubMed

Li W, Li Q, Jiao Y, Qin L, Ali R, Zhou J, Ferruzzi J, Kim RW, Geirsson A, Dietz HC, Offermanns S, Humphrey JD, Tellides G. Tgfbr2 disruption in postnatal smooth muscle impairs aortic wall homeostasis. J Clin Invest. 2014 Feb 3; 124(2):755-67. View in: PubMed

Ali R, Huang Y, Maher SE, Kim RW, Giordano FJ, Tellides G, Geirsson A. miR-1 mediated suppression of Sorcin regulates myocardial contractility through modulation of Ca2+ signaling. J Mol Cell Cardiol. 2012 May; 52(5):1027-37. View in: PubMed

Muralidaran A, Kim RW, Kopf GS, Pietris NP, Weeks BP, Starnes VA, Shinoka T. Modified starnes procedure in a neonate with severe tricuspid regurgitation. Ann Thorac Surg. 2012 Feb; 93(2):658-9. View in: PubMed

Lebastchi AH, Qin L, Khan SF, Zhou J, Geirsson A, Kim RW, Li W, Tellides G. Activation of human vascular cells decreases their expression of transforming growth factor-beta. Atherosclerosis. 2011 Dec; 219(2):417-24. View in: PubMed

Parikh CR, Devarajan P, Zappitelli M, Sint K, Thiessen-Philbrook H, Li S, Kim RW, Koyner JL, Coca SG, Edelstein CL, Shlipak MG, Garg AX, Krawczeski CD. Postoperative biomarkers predict acute kidney injury and poor outcomes after pediatric cardiac surgery. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2011 Sep; 22(9):1737-47. View in: PubMed

Li S, Krawczeski CD, Zappitelli M, Devarajan P, Thiessen-Philbrook H, Coca SG, Kim RW, Parikh CR. Incidence, risk factors, and outcomes of acute kidney injury after pediatric cardiac surgery: a prospective multicenter study. Crit Care Med. 2011 Jun; 39(6):1493-9. View in: PubMed

Fishberger SB, Rollinson NR, Warsy I, Whang B, Wang B, Kim RW. Transatrial lead implantation using the 4-Fr lumenless pacing lead and delivery system in young adults with congenital heart disease. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol. 2009 Dec; 32(12):e40-2. View in: PubMed

Kim RW. Invited commentary. Ann Thorac Surg. 2008 Jun; 85(6):2099. View in: PubMed

Bai Y, Ahmad U, Wang Y, Li JH, Choy JC, Kim RW, Kirkiles-Smith N, Maher SE, Karras JG, Bennett CF, Bothwell AL, Pober JS, Tellides G. Interferon-gamma induces X-linked inhibitor of apoptosis-associated factor-1 and Noxa expression and potentiates human vascular smooth muscle cell apoptosis by STAT3 activation. J Biol Chem. 2008 Mar 14; 283(11):6832-42. View in: PubMed

Kim RW, Jeffery ME, Smith MJ, Wilensky RL, Woo EY, Woo YJ. Minimally invasive resection of papillary fibroelastoma in a high-risk patient. J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown). 2007 Aug; 8(8):639-41. View in: PubMed

Kim RW, Spray TL. Surgical correction of aortico-left ventricular tunnel. Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg Pediatr Card Surg Annu. 2006; 177-9. View in: PubMed

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