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Heung Bae Kim, MD
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Heung Bae Kim, MD

Department: General Surgery
Research Centers: General Surgery Research Center
Hospital Title: Director, Pediatric Transplant Center
Academic Title: Assistant Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School
Research Area: Transplantation tolerance
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Research Overview

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.

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