In K. Kim, M.D., M.B.A.

Professor of Pediatrics, Co-Director of Center for Health Process Innovation

571. S. Floyd St., Suite 300 Louisville, KY 40202


Professor of Pediatrics with extensive research and management background in medical services and education. Internationally known as a leader in helium-oxygen (heliox) research for respiratory diseases. As a Fellowship Training Program Director in Pediatric Emergency Medicine for 12 years, he has built a nationally recognized brand of teaching excellence in medical education. Clinical medical background is supplemented by a M.B.A. degree. Strongest competencies include:

  • Leadership
  • Development of new medical technologies
  • Team Building management
  • Implementing innovative medical therapies
  • Brand Development
  • Independently funded research
  • Strategic, innovative thinking
  • Negotiation, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Conflict resolution and alignment
  • Successful mentoring skills
  • Entrepreneurship

Dr. Kim is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine with 20 years of experience treating pediatric patients.

In addition to published research in healthcare valuation and successful culture building in medicine, he has also published original research in: helium-oxygen therapies for respiratory diseases, pain reduction, and pediatric point of care ultrasound.

In K. Kim, MD, MBA is an internationally recognized leader in heliox therapies for respiratory diseases. He has published several peer-reviewed original research articles in this field and he frequently lectures on this topic. His team developed a free web site after their research was recognized as the most read article be Pediatricians on WebMD in 2012. He is a peer-reviewer for several major medical journals: Pediatrics, Cochrane Database Review, Journal of Pediatrics, Respiratory Care, Pediatric Emergency Care, and Acta Paediatrica.

He credits his success to outstanding teachers, mentors, and collaborative research teams who inspire excellence. Amongst his favorite moments, seeing trainees of his pediatric emergency medicine training program graduate and succeed professionally while winning 5 national awards for best research at the American Academy of Pediatrics meeting over the past 10 years.


Bachelor Degree
Cornell University| NY | 1991

Medical Degree
Weill Medical College of Cornell University| New York |1995

Pediatrics | St. Christopher's Hospital for Children | Philadelphia |1999

Pediatric Emergency Medicine | Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh | 2002

University of Louisville | KY | 2007

Recent Publications

  1. Spanos S, Booth R, Koenig H, Sikes K, Gracely E, Kim IK. “Jet Injection of 1% Buffered Lidocaine versus Topical ELA-Max for Anesthesia Prior to Peripheral Intravenous Catheterization in Children.” Pediatric Emergency Care. 2008 Aug; 24(8): 511-515.
  2. Kim IK, Corcoran T. “Recent Developments in Heliox Therapy for Asthma and Bronchiolitis.” Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine.2009 Jun; 10(2): 68-74.
  3. Fortu J, Kim IK, Cooper A, Condra C, Lorenz D, Pierce MC. “Psychiatric Patients in the Pediatric Emergency Department Undergoing Routine Urine Toxicology Screens for Medical Clearance: Results and Use.” Pediatric Emergency Care. 2009 Jun; 25(6): 387-392.
  4. Cross K, Cammack V, Calhoun A, Gracely E, Kim IK, Stevenson M, Woods C. “Premature Departure from the Pediatric Emergency Department: A Cohort Analysis of Process- and Patient-Related Factors.” Pediatric Emergency Care.2010 May; 26: 349-356.
  5. Kim IK(PI), Cross K, Warkentine F. “Eight Secrets to Implementing Bedside Ultrasonography in Pediatric Emergency Medicine.” Clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine, 2011 Apr; 12(1): 65-72.
  6. Kim IK(PI), Phrampus E, Sikes K, Pendleton J, Saville A, Corcoran T, Gracely E, Shekhar V. “Helium-Oxygen Therapy for Infants with Bronchiolitis.” Archives Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, 2011 Dec; 165(12): 1115-1122.
  7. Staggs LS, Southard GL, Peek M, Gracely EJ, Kim IK. Evaluating the Length of Stay and Value of Time in a Pediatric Emergency Department with Two Models by Comparing Two Different Albuterol Delivery Systems. Journal of Medical Economics.2012; March, 15:1–8