Heung Bae Kim's research focuses on developing and testing new
alternatives to existing surgical procedures. He originated the serial
transverse enteroplasty, or STEP, procedure for short bowel syndrome, in
which the bowel is stapled into v-shapes on alternating sides,
decreasing its width and increasing its length. The procedure is
currently used in instances where standard surgery to correct
short-bowel syndrome is not feasible.
In addition to the STEP procedure, Dr. Kim has several areas of
interest in experimental and clinical transplantation. He has developed
both small and large animal models of transplant tolerance induction
using In Utero bone marrow transplantation and is currently working on
adapting this approach for use in postnatal organ transplantation. As
the Surgical Director of the Liver, Intestine, and Kidney transplant
programs, he has a keen clinical interest in improving outcomes in
pediatric solid organ transplantation through immunosuppression
minimization and prevention of infectious complications. Finally,
through his work on a national level at the United Network for Organ
Sharing (UNOS), he is involved in national clinical policy development
to improve organ allocation to pediatric patients.
About Heung Bae Kim
Heung Bae Kim received his MD degree from Albert Einstein College of
Medicine. He completed an internship and residency at the Hospital of
the University of Pennsylvania and a fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital.