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Heung Bae Kim | Education

Undergraduate School

Yale University

1989, New Haven, CT

Medical School

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

1993, Bronx, NY


Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

1994, Philadelphia, PA


Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

2000, Philadelphia, PA


Pediatric Surgery

Boston Children's Hospital

2002, Boston, MA


Liver Transplantation

Lahey Clinic

2004, Burlington, MA

Heung Bae Kim | Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery (General)
  • American Board of Surgery (Pediatric Surgery)
  • American Society of Transplant Surgeons

Heung Bae Kim | Professional History

Dr. Heung Bae Kim is a Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and the Weitzman Family Chair in Surgical Innovation at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH). He currently serves as the Vice Chair for Clinical Operations in the Department of Surgery, Director of the Pediatric Transplant Center and the Co-Director, Surgical Innovation Fellowship at BCH. Born in Korea but raised in Philadelphia, Dr. Kim attended Yale University as an undergraduate and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine before starting his general surgical training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. After completing his Pediatric Surgical Fellowship in 2002 at BCH and his Liver Transplant Fellowship at the Lahey Clinic in 2004, he assumed the surgical directorship of both the liver and kidney transplant programs and started the only intestine transplant program in New England, completing the first multivisceral transplant in 2004. Under his leadership, the Pediatric Transplant Center has grown into one of the busiest and most comprehensive pediatric transplant centers in the country.

Dr. Kim has a wide range of clinical and research interests. His early work as a fellow at the Transplantation Biology Research Center with Dr. David Sachs focused on transplant tolerance induction in miniature swine using in utero stem cell transplantation, a research interest that he developed while a research fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Alan Flake at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In 2002, he developed a novel intestinal lengthening procedure known as the Serial Transverse Enteroplasty (STEP) to treat patients with short bowel syndrome and the STEP is now the preferred surgical procedure worldwide for this condition. He has also pioneered innovative approaches to transplantation of small children with vascular abnormalities and was the first in the world to successfully transplant a partial esophagus as part of a multivisceral transplant. Recently, he was involved in organizing one of the most comprehensive multidisciplinary centers in the world dedicated to the treatment of children with midaortic syndrome and renovascular hypertension. This has resulted in development of two novel methods to treat these children without the need for prosthetic grafts. The first known as Tissue Expander Stimulated Lengthening of Arteries (TESLA) is a procedure in which the normal aorta is lengthened using a tissue expander allowing for aortic replacement without a prosthetic graft. The second known as Mesenteric Artery Growth Improves Circulation (MAGIC) takes advantage of the natural ability of arteries to grow when placed into the correct environment and uses one of these arteries as the actual bypass graft, again avoiding the need for prosthetic graft material in small growing children. He has recently started a surgical innovation fellowship at BCH aimed at training and developing the next generation of surgical innovators.

Dr. Kim has won numerous academic awards including the Penn Pearls Teaching Award for medical student teaching at the University of Pennsylvania, the Keith Reemstma Surgical Resident of the Year Award at Penn (voted by the attending staff among all surgical residents), the Rosenkrantz Resident Research Award for the best presentation at the American Academy of Pediatrics Surgical Section, and the Teacher of the Year Award at BCH three times as the best teacher as voted by the surgical residents. In 2013, he was the first recipient of the Sheikh Zayed Prize for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at the Pediatric Surgical Innovation Symposium in Washington DC. He has served in several national leadership roles at the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) including the Chair of the Pediatric Transplantation Committee, Region 1 Councillor and Region 1 Representative to the Board of Directors. He is currently Vice Chair of the Membership and Professional Standards Committee at UNOS and is also currently serving as Chair of the Board of Trustees of New England Donor Services. He has lectured worldwide on his clinical and research interests and was invited to Japan to perform the first STEP procedure in that country. He has coauthored more than 100 original papers or chapters and has contributed significantly to both the pediatric surgical and the transplantation literature.

Heung Bae Kim | Media

Caregiver Profile

Meet Dr. Heung Bae Kim

Pediatric Transplant Center

Learn more about the Pediatric Transplant Center - one of the most advanced pediatric transplant centers in the country.

30 Years of Liver Transplant

Our team has spent more than three decades giving thousands of children with end-stage liver disease a second chance at life.

STEP Procedure

Dr. Heung Bae Kim on the STEP procedure.

MAGIC Procedure

Watch Heung Bae Kim, MD explain Mesenteric Artery Growth to Improve Circulation (MAGIC), a type of surgery he helped pioneer for midaortic syndrome.

TESLA Procedure

Watch Heung Bae Kim, MD explain Tissue Expander Stimulated Lengthening of the Arteries (TESLA), a procedure he helped pioneer for midaortic syndrome.

#becauseofadonor - Mac

Meet Mac - a kidney transplant recipient at Boston Children's Hospital.

#becauseofadonor - Bri

Meet Bri - a kidney transplant recipient at Boston Children's Hospital

#becauseofadonor - Tom

Tom received his liver transplant at 15 years old. #becauseofadonor, Tom is able to run the Boston Marathon.

Justin's Story

Justin seemed perfectly healthy, but at a routine checkup to clear him for football season, his pediatrician noticed his blood pressure was extremely high. Tests uncovered a troubling diagnosis: Midaortic syndrome.

Heung Bae Kim | Publications