Young Jo Kim

Young-Jo Kim, MD, PhD

Director, Child and Young Adult Hip Preservation Program; Director, Pediatric Orthopedic Fellowship

Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School

Medical Services


  • Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Developmental Hip Dysplasia
  • Femoral Anteversion
  • Orthopedics
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hip Impingement
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis
  • Trauma
  • Adolescent and Young Adult Hip
  • Perthes
  • Infant Hip Disease
  • Hip Labral Tears


  • Orthopedic Center


  • English


  • Child and Young Adult Hip Preservation Program
  • General Orthopedic Program
  • Orthopedic Trauma Program
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Young Jo Kim

Philosophy of Care 

"I have always been interested in science and initially during my studies at MIT was intending to become a physicist or an electrical engineer. However, I was drawn to biomedical engineering and eventually orthopedic surgery during my graduate studies at MIT. During my graduate studies, my research focus was on understanding how mechanical forces affect cartilage biology. When I was contemplating what specialty to enter, I came upon the notion of using hip osteotomies to alter hip mechanics and perhaps prevent or slow down the progression of hip osteoarthritis. This would lead to a lifelong partnership between Dr. Michael Millis and myself.

Early on, I recognized that we needed a better imaging metric to understand how our surgeries can affect hip cartilage. Recognizing this, I established collaboration with Diego Jaramillo, Martha Gray and Deborah Burstein to implement a clinical protocol for delayed Gadolinium Enhanced MRI of Cartilage. To date this is the best protocol to understand the subtle biochemical changes that occur in cartilage with alterations in mechanics. Hip preservation surgery has now rapidly evolved into specialty onto itself. My current focus is on improving surgical education as well as helping set up large clinical trials to demonstrate the efficacy of our surgical procedures."

Experience and Education


Medical School

Harvard Medical School, 1994

Boston, Massachusetts


Beth Israel Hospital, 1994-1995

Boston, MA


Orthopedic Surgery - Harvard Combined Orthopedic Residency Program, 1995-1999

Boston, MA


Boston Children's Hospital, 1999-2000

Boston, MA


Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, 2000

Dallas, TX


  • Orthopedics

Professional History


  • 1993 - Kappa Delta Award of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • 1995 - Harris Yett Award in General Surgery at the Beth Israel Hospital, Boston
  • 2007 - Kappa Delta Award, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons

Professional Societies (Active Member)

  • 1986 - Sigma Xi
  • 1990 - New York Academy of Sciences                    
  • 1994 - Orthopaedic Research Society    
  • 2000 - Massachusetts Medical Society   
  • 2000 - Osteoarthritis Research Society International 
  • 2001 -  Int Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
  • 2003 - Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
  • 2004 - American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • 2005 - SICOT (The Int Society of Orthopaedic Surgery Traumatology)      
  • 2011 - Hip Society
  • 2012 - International Pediatric Orthopaedic Think Tank      
  • 2014 - International Hip Society

Leadership Positions

  • Editorial Board Member, Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
  • Editorial Board Member, Orthopedic Reviews
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Hip Preservation Surgery

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