August 22, 2000
Kwang Sik Kim, M.D., an expert on meningitis and other nervous system infections, is the new director of infectious diseases at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center.
"With Dr. Kim's arrival, we have one of the most outstanding scientists in the field of pediatric infectious diseases in the country and one who will bring a new era of discovery, learning and clinical care to the Children's Center and all of Johns Hopkins," said George J. Dover, M.D., director of the Children's Center.
Kim joins Hopkins from the University of Southern California's Children's Hospital in Los Angeles, where he was highly regarded for his scholarship and for his role in building a successful division of infectious diseases, a post he began in 1991.
"I took this job because of the institution," Kim said. "What I'm really interested in is advancing scientific knowledge of infectious diseases. I thought I'd be able to do that better here, because of the availability of so many intellectual tools."
Kim plans to continue his own work on nervous system infections with the help of 15 postdoctoral researchers. "We are interested in why certain pathogens are common in causing serious infections in humans," Kim says. "With advances in the last 20 years, the new technology is available that finally enables us -- and others -- to find new treatments."
Kim earned his M.D. at Seoul National University in Korea in 1971. He spent the next three years as a flight surgeon in the Korean Air Force and began his hospital work in 1974 at Ellis Hospital in New York. After posts at Louisiana State University Division Charity Hospital and the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Kim joined UCLA's school of medicine.
Kim has authored or co-authored more than 100 academic papers, received six major awards, including the NIH's Fogarty Senior International Fellowship. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the American Pediatric Society, among others.
As division head, a top priority for Kim will be to organize more collaborative projects involving researchers from pediatric infectious diseases and other academic divisions.