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Gene H. Kim, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Pathology
Director, Dermatopathology Program
HC4 1450 San Pablo Street Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 442 9617


Dr. Kim is an assistant professor of dermatology and pathology at USC where he serves as the director of dermatopathology. He joined the Keck School of Medicine in July of 2008.

Dr. Kim has lived and trained in many parts of the United States. Most recently, he completed a dermatopathology fellowship at Northwestern University in Chicago. Prior to that, he joined the faculty at Indiana University Department of Dermatology in Indianapolis.

Dr. Kim completed his dermatology residency at New York University in Manhattan where he also served as chief resident. He earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from Duke University and Indiana University, respectively.

Dr. Kim has earned numerous academic distinctions during his career. In addition to these distinctions, Dr. Kim has also won awards for community service leadership.

Dr. Kim cares for patients with all types of dermatologic conditions. He is also available for dermatopathology consultations.


Topical Fibronectin Improves Wound Healing of Irradiated Skin. Sci Rep. 2017 Jun 20; 7(1):3876. View in: PubMed

Atrial Arrhythmias and Electroanatomical Remodeling in Patients With Left Ventricular Assist Devices. J Am Heart Assoc. 2017 Mar 08; 6(3). View in: PubMed

Surgically Corrected Mitral Regurgitation During Left Ventricular Assist Device Implantation Is Associated With Low Recurrence Rate and Improved Midterm Survival. Ann Thorac Surg. 2017 Mar; 103(3):725-733. View in: PubMed

Cardiac Output Assessment in Patients Supported with Left Ventricular Assist Device: Discordance between Thermodilution and Indirect Fick Cardiac Output Measurements. ASAIO J. 2017 Jan 23. View in: PubMed

MicroRNA-130a Regulation of Desmocollin 2 in a Novel Model of Arrhythmogenic Cardiomyopathy. Microrna. 2016 Nov 09. View in: PubMed

Screening for Outflow Cannula Malfunction of Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVADs) With the Use of Doppler Echocardiography: New LVAD-Specific Reference Values for Contemporary Devices. J Card Fail. 2016 Oct; 22(10):808-14. View in: PubMed

Left Ventricular Assist Device Deactivation via Percutaneous Closure of the Outflow Graft. J Card Fail. 2016 Aug; 22(8):653-5. View in: PubMed

Novel echocardiographic parameters of aortic insufficiency in continuous-flow left ventricular assist devices and clinical outcome. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2016 Aug; 35(8):976-85. View in: PubMed

Elevated Angiopoietin-2 Level in Patients With Continuous-Flow Left Ventricular Assist Devices Leads to Altered Angiogenesis and Is Associated With Higher Nonsurgical Bleeding. Circulation. 2016 Jul 12; 134(2):141-52. View in: PubMed

Accurate Quantification Methods for Aortic Insufficiency Severity in Patients With LVAD: Role of Diastolic Flow Acceleration and Systolic-to-Diastolic Peak Velocity Ratio of Outflow Cannula. JACC Cardiovasc Imaging. 2016 Jun; 9(6):641-51. View in: PubMed

Sirt3 protects mitochondrial DNA damage and blocks the development of doxorubicin-induced cardiomyopathy in mice. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2016 Apr 15; 310(8):H962-72. View in: PubMed

Hemodynamic Ramp Tests in Patients With Left Ventricular Assist Devices. JACC Heart Fail. 2016 Mar; 4(3):208-17. View in: PubMed

Cryptococcal cellulitis on the shin of an immunosuppressed patient. Dermatol Online J. 2016; 22(6). View in: PubMed

The Subclavian Intraaortic Balloon Pump: A Compelling Bridge Device for Advanced Heart Failure. Ann Thorac Surg. 2015 Dec; 100(6):2151-8. View in: PubMed

Treatment of fibroelastolytic papulosis with fractionated carbon dioxide laser. J Cosmet Laser Ther. 2015 Apr; 17(2):90-2. View in: PubMed

Extensive facial sclerosing lipogranulomatosis as a complication of cosmetic acupuncture. Dermatol Surg. 2015 Apr; 41(4):513-6. View in: PubMed

Harnessing the Therapeutic Potential of MicroRNAs for Cardiovascular Disease. J Cardiovasc Pharmacol Ther. 2015 Mar; 20(2):131-43. View in: PubMed

LMO7-null mice exhibit phenotypes consistent with emery-dreifuss muscular dystrophy. Muscle Nerve. 2015 Feb; 51(2):222-8. View in: PubMed

Honokiol blocks and reverses cardiac hypertrophy in mice by activating mitochondrial Sirt3. Nat Commun. 2015; 6:6656. View in: PubMed

Cardiac function in muscular dystrophy associates with abdominal muscle pathology. J Neuromuscul Dis. 2015; 2(1):39-49. View in: PubMed

Hydrophilic polymer microemboli in a patient with a chronic cutaneous ulcer: a case report. J Cutan Pathol. 2014 Dec; 41(12):955-8. View in: PubMed

Positional Obstruction of the Superior Mesenteric Artery by an Intra-aortic Balloon Pump Placed Through Subclavian Artery Approach. Circ Heart Fail. 2014 Sep; 7(5):864-7. View in: PubMed

Downregulation of connexin43 by microRNA-130a in cardiomyocytes results in cardiac arrhythmias. J Mol Cell Cardiol. 2014 Sep; 74:53-63. View in: PubMed

Abcc9 is required for the transition to oxidative metabolism in the newborn heart. FASEB J. 2014 Jul; 28(7):2804-15. View in: PubMed

Change in keratometry after myopic laser in situ keratomileusis and photorefractive keratectomy. J Cataract Refract Surg. 2014 Apr; 40(4):564-74. View in: PubMed

Processing dermatological biopsies. Methods Mol Biol. 2014; 1180:221-36. View in: PubMed

A 49-year-old man with unilateral, nontender left eyelid swelling. Digit J Ophthalmol. 2014; 20(1):15-9. View in: PubMed

Blood pressure homeostasis is maintained by a P311-TGF-ß axis. J Clin Invest. 2013 Oct 1; 123(10):4502-12. View in: PubMed

Assessing the Reproducibility of Quantitative In Vivo Confocal Microscopy of Corneal Nerves in Different Corneal Locations. Cornea. 2013 Oct; 32(10):1331-8. View in: PubMed

Neutrophilic panniculitis developing after treatment of metastatic melanoma with vemurafenib. J Cutan Pathol. 2013 Jul; 40(7):667-9. View in: PubMed

The role of redox signaling in epigenetics and cardiovascular disease. Antioxid Redox Signal. 2013 May 20; 18(15):1920-36. View in: PubMed

MicroRNA regulation of cardiac conduction and arrhythmias. Transl Res. 2013 May; 161(5):381-92. View in: PubMed

Beneficial effects of quinoline-3-carboxamide (ABR-215757) on atherosclerotic plaque morphology in S100A12 transgenic ApoE null mice. Atherosclerosis. 2013 May; 228(1):69-79. View in: PubMed

Nampt secreted from cardiomyocytes promotes development of cardiac hypertrophy and adverse ventricular remodeling. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2013 Feb 1; 304(3):H415-26. View in: PubMed

Murine fetal echocardiography. J Vis Exp. 2013; (72). View in: PubMed

Anti-human milk fat globulin staining of perifollicular xanthomatosis in Fox-Fordyce disease. J Cutan Pathol. 2012 Dec; 39(12):1057-9. View in: PubMed

The sirtuin SIRT6 blocks IGF-Akt signaling and development of cardiac hypertrophy by targeting c-Jun. Nat Med. 2012 Nov; 18(11):1643-50. View in: PubMed

Successful treatment of bullous pemphigoid with omalizumab. Arch Dermatol. 2012 Nov; 148(11):1241-3. View in: PubMed

Congenital hypertrichotic melanoneurocytoma: A congenital hypertrichotic plaque with overlapping neural and nevoid features. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2012 Oct; 67(4):799-801. View in: PubMed

TBX5 drives Scn5a expression to regulate cardiac conduction system function. J Clin Invest. 2012 Jul 2; 122(7):2509-18. View in: PubMed

Current practice for determining pulmonary capillary wedge pressure predisposes to serious errors in the classification of patients with pulmonary hypertension. Am Heart J. 2012 Apr; 163(4):589-94. View in: PubMed

Epidermolysis bullosa acquisita: Autoimmunity to anchoring fibril collagen. Autoimmunity. 2012 Feb; 45(1):91-101. View in: PubMed

The superhealing MRL background improves muscular dystrophy. Skelet Muscle. 2012; 2(1):26. View in: PubMed

Benign cephalic histiocytosis with S-100 protein positivity. J Cutan Pathol. 2011 Oct; 38(10):842-3. View in: PubMed

Epigenetic mechanisms of pulmonary hypertension. Pulm Circ. 2011 Jul-Sep; 1(3):347-56. View in: PubMed

S100A12 in vascular smooth muscle accelerates vascular calcification in apolipoprotein E-null mice by activating an osteogenic gene regulatory program. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2011 Feb; 31(2):337-44. View in: PubMed

Vascular remodeling and arterial calcification are directly mediated by S100A12 (EN-RAGE) in chronic kidney disease. Am J Nephrol. 2011; 33(3):250-9. View in: PubMed

Therapeutic effects of vitamin D analogs on cardiac hypertrophy in spontaneously hypertensive rats. Am J Pathol. 2010 Aug; 177(2):622-31. View in: PubMed

Epigenetic attenuation of mitochondrial superoxide dismutase 2 in pulmonary arterial hypertension: a basis for excessive cell proliferation and a new therapeutic target. Circulation. 2010 Jun 22; 121(24):2661-71. View in: PubMed

Ets1 is required for proper migration and differentiation of the cardiac neural crest. Development. 2010 May; 137(9):1543-51. View in: PubMed

Nesprin-1 mutations in human and murine cardiomyopathy. J Mol Cell Cardiol. 2010 Apr; 48(4):600-8. View in: PubMed

Exogenous NAD blocks cardiac hypertrophic response via activation of the SIRT3-LKB1-AMP-activated kinase pathway. J Biol Chem. 2010 Jan 29; 285(5):3133-44. View in: PubMed

S100A12 mediates aortic wall remodeling and aortic aneurysm. Circ Res. 2010 Jan 8; 106(1):145-54. View in: PubMed

Sirt3 blocks the cardiac hypertrophic response by augmenting Foxo3a-dependent antioxidant defense mechanisms in mice. J Clin Invest. 2009 Sep; 119(9):2758-71. View in: PubMed

Potential new insight into the pathogenesis of psoriasis. Arch Dermatol. 2009 Jun; 145(6):713-4. View in: PubMed

Translational control of FOG-2 expression in cardiomyocytes by microRNA-130a. PLoS One. 2009; 4(7):e6161. View in: PubMed

Lichen planus actinicus. Dermatol Online J. 2007; 13(1):13. View in: PubMed

The association between malignant melanoma and noncutaneous malignancies. Int J Dermatol. 2006 May; 45(5):529-34. View in: PubMed

Etanercept does not effectively treat moderate to severe alopecia areata: an open-label study. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2005 Jun; 52(6):1082-4. View in: PubMed

Multiple cutaneous and uterine leiomyomatosis (Reed's syndrome). Dermatol Online J. 2005; 11(4):21. View in: PubMed

Rapp-Hodgkin syndrome. Dermatol Online J. 2004; 10(3):23. View in: PubMed

Primary (idiopathic) cold urticaria and cholinergic urticaria. Dermatol Online J. 2004; 10(3):13. View in: PubMed

Buschke-Ollendorff syndrome. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2003 Apr; 48(4):600-1. View in: PubMed

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