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Joan Kim, MD

Dr. Joan Kim, MD, is a distinguished and board-certified ophthalmologist with over a decade of exceptional medical practice. Her journey in the field of medicine began with a solid foundation as a Biomedical Engineer at Northwestern University, where her curiosity for the intricacies of the human body set the stage for her remarkable career.

Graduating from Rush University Medical College, Dr. Kim’s path led her to the University of Arizona for her Ophthalmology residency. During her time there, her dedication and passion for advancing eye care were evident as she not only excelled in her training but also took on the role of Chief Resident. Her research on keratoconus screening further demonstrated her commitment to pushing the boundaries of knowledge in ophthalmology.

Dr. Kim’s pursuit of excellence continued with a prestigious Cornea & Refractive Surgery fellowship at The New York Eye & Ear Infirmary in Manhattan. This rigorous training refined her expertise in delicate procedures such as corneal transplantation, laser refractive surgery, and managing complex cases like certain eye cancers and severe dry eye.

Her journey as an educator and advocate for quality eye care led her to pivotal roles at Gouverneur Hospital, NYU School of Medicine, and NY Medical College. Her leadership as Director at Gouverneur Hospital and her faculty positions at esteemed institutions solidified her influence as she imparted her knowledge to the next generation of ophthalmologists. Her dedication to teaching was even recognized with a prestigious teaching award for her contributions to cataract surgery education.

Dr. Kim’s practice specializes in a range of advanced procedures, including cataract surgery, corneal transplantation, laser refractive surgery, and intricate surgeries such as intraocular lens exchanges, secondary lenses, and iris surgery. Her expertise has garnered her a reputation as a trusted and skilled surgeon.

Beyond her professional accomplishments, Dr. Kim embodies a multifaceted spirit. She finds joy in staying active and has recently embraced the pickleball trend. Her culinary talents are equally impressive, having been classically trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France, showcasing her skill and creativity in the kitchen.

Dr. Kim’s impact extends globally, as she is deeply committed to advancing eye care in underserved communities. Her participation in cataract surgery missions around the world reflects her passion for making a meaningful difference in the lives of those less fortunate.

With fluency in both Spanish and Korean, Dr. Kim’s ability to connect with patients from diverse backgrounds underscores her dedication to providing inclusive and comprehensive eye care.

In summary, Dr. Joan Kim MD stands as a remarkable ophthalmologist, educator, and global health advocate, whose journey from a foundation in biomedical engineering to the pinnacles of ophthalmology has been marked by unwavering dedication, exceptional skill, and a genuine commitment to improving lives through advanced eye care.

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