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

Director of Center for Health Process Innovation
In K. Kim, MD

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

Executive Vice Chair and Professor of Pediatrics
Executive Medical Director, Norton Children’s Medical Group
Director, Center for Health Process Innovation
Co-Director, Business and Leadership Distinction Track
Program Director, MD-MBA program
Department of Pediatrics
University of Louisville Schools of Medicine and Business

Dr. Kim joined the University of Louisville in 2002, and now serves as Executive Vice Chair in the Department of Pediatrics. He also serves as Executive Medical Director of Norton Children’s Medical Group, Director of the Center for Health Process Innovation, Co-Director of the Business and Leadership Distinction Track, and Program Director of the UofL MD-MBA program. 


Additional roles and accomplishments include:

  • Internationally recognized leader in helium-oxygen therapies for pediatric respiratory diseases
  • Peer-reviewer for several major medical journals: Pediatrics, Cochrane Database Review, Journal of Pediatrics, Respiratory Care, Pediatric Emergency Care, Journal of Pediatric Intensive Care, Acta Paediatrica, Academic Emergency Medicine.
  • Past-Chair, American Academy of Pediatrics Committee, National Section on Emergency Medicine (SOEM) Fellowship Directors (2017-2019)
  • Regularly invited speaker for the intersection of business and medicine 
  • Received Outstanding Oral Presentation Award for Graduate Medical Education, American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC). Teaching the Business of Medicine Across the Continuum of Medical Education
  • Received multiple teaching and mentoring awards including the 2009 Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Louisville Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Program
  • Trainees of his pediatric emergency medicine program have won 5 national awards for best research at the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Top 10 (#1) most-read articles by Pediatricians on Medscape/WebMD™ in 2012: Helium/Oxygen Therapy for Infant Bronchiolitis
  • Authored or co-authored 24 peer-reviewed publications, 5 book chapters, 38 national/international abstract presentations, and developed 3 web sites.

Dr. Kim is a native of upstate New York and graduated from Cornell University.  He attended medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College and completed his Pediatrics residency at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, PA and fellowship training in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He also has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from UofL. He previously served as Vice Chair of Clinical Operations (2017-2020) for the Department of Pediatrics.   


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


  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