Keck School Faculty

Richard W. Kim, MD
Richard W. Kim, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Surgery
4661 Sunset Blvd. Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
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.

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.

Using the Multitheory Model to Predict Initiation and Sustenance of Physical Activity Behavior Among Osteopathic Medical Students J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2019 Aug 01; 119(8):479-487. . View in PubMed

Further percutaneous dilation of a Melody® valve in the mitral position to accommodate somatic growth in a small child: lessons learned Cardiol Young. 2019 Feb; 29(2):235-237. . View in PubMed

Utilizing Multi-Theory Model in Determining Intentions to Smoking Cessation Among Smokers Tob Use Insights. 2019; 12:1179173X19843524. . View in PubMed

Further percutaneous dilation of a Melody® valve in the mitral position to accommodate somatic growth in a small child: lessons learned Cardiol Young. 2018 Dec 04; 1-3. . View in PubMed

Melody Mitral Valve Replacement Is No Longer an Experimental Procedure Circ Cardiovasc Interv. 2018 Nov; 11(11):e007455. . View in PubMed

A novel, data-driven conceptualization for critical left heart obstruction Comput Methods Programs Biomed. 2018 Oct; 165:107-116. . View in PubMed

Morphology of intramural ventricular septal defects: Clinical imaging and autopsy correlation Ann Pediatr Cardiol. 2018 Sep-Dec; 11(3):308-311. . View in PubMed

Exercise restriction is not associated with increasing body mass index over time in patients with anomalous aortic origin of the coronary arteries Cardiol Young. 2017 Oct; 27(8):1538-1544. . View in PubMed

Epicardial Epithelial-to-Mesenchymal Transition in Heart Development and Disease J Clin Med. 2016 Feb 19; 5(2). . View in PubMed

Recent advancements in understanding endogenous heart regeneration-insights from adult zebrafish and neonatal mice Semin Cell Dev Biol. 2016 10; 58:34-40. . 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; 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

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

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

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

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

Effect of left ventricular volume on results of coronary artery bypass grafting Am J Cardiol. 2000 Dec 01; 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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