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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.


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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

Epicardial Epithelial-to-Mesenchymal Transition in Heart Development and Disease. J Clin Med. 2016; 5(2). View in: PubMed

Atrial Thrombus in a Neonate: A Diagnostic Challenge. AJP Rep. 2015 Apr; 5(1):e18-21. View in: PubMed

Tgfbr2 disruption in postnatal smooth muscle impairs aortic wall homeostasis. J Clin Invest. 2014 Feb 3; 124(2):755-67. View in: PubMed

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

Modified starnes procedure in a neonate with severe tricuspid regurgitation. Ann Thorac Surg. 2012 Feb; 93(2):658-9. View in: PubMed

Activation of human vascular cells decreases their expression of transforming growth factor-beta. Atherosclerosis. 2011 Dec; 219(2):417-24. View in: PubMed

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

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

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

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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

Minimally invasive resection of papillary fibroelastoma in a high-risk patient. J Cardiovasc Med (Hagerstown). 2007 Aug; 8(8):639-41. View in: PubMed

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

Cancer gene therapy using a survivin mutant adenovirus. J Clin Invest. 2001 Oct; 108(7):981-90. View in: PubMed

Single-clamp technique does not protect against cerebrovascular accident in coronary artery bypass grafting. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2001 Jul; 20(1):127-32. View in: PubMed

Human T cells infiltrate and injure pig coronary artery grafts with activated but not quiescent endothelium in immunodeficient mouse hosts. Transplantation. 2001 Jun 15; 71(11):1622-30. View in: PubMed

Unsensitized human T cells do not infiltrate or injure quiescent pig coronary artery grafts in immunodeficient mouse hosts. Transplant Proc. 2001 Feb-Mar; 33(1-2):695-6. View in: PubMed

Endothelial cell activation by tumor necrosis factor elicits human antiporcine cell-mediated rejection responses. Transplant Proc. 2001 Feb-Mar; 33(1-2):412-3. View in: PubMed

Effect of left ventricular volume on results of coronary artery bypass grafting. Am J Cardiol. 2000 Dec 1; 86(11):1261-4, A6. View in: PubMed

Human TNF can induce nonspecific inflammatory and human immune-mediated microvascular injury of pig skin xenografts in immunodeficient mouse hosts. J Immunol. 2000 Jun 15; 164(12):6601-9. View in: PubMed

Interferon-gamma elicits arteriosclerosis in the absence of leukocytes. Nature. 2000 Jan 13; 403(6766):207-11. View in: PubMed

Pathogenesis of systemic air embolism during bronchoscopic Nd:YAG laser operations. Ann Thorac Surg. 1998 Apr; 65(4):930-4. View in: PubMed

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