Jean Kim, M.D., Ph.D.

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  • Associate Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery


Allergic Rhinitis, Allergy and Immunology, Aspirin Allergy, Autoimmune Diseases, Chronic Sinusitis, Chronic Sinusitis with Polyps, Nasal Obstruction, Nasal Polyps, Otolaryngology, Otolaryngology (ENT), Paranasal Sinus Tumors, Sinus Problems, Sinusitis, Sinusitis and Nasal Polyposis, Sjogren's Syndrome more

Research Interests

Clinical, translational, and basic science research in chronic rhinosinusitis and nasal polyposis; immune dysfunction and upper airway epithelial cell biology; clinical, translational, and basic science research in autoimmune sinusitis and salivary gland disease. This includes Epithelial cell dysfunction of the upper airways; Molecular mechanisms of host defense in chronic rhinosinusitis; Gene regulation of cytokine expression more

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Dr. Jean Kim is a surgeon-scientist and Associate Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She also holds joint secondary appointment as Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. She received her M.D., and Ph.D., degree from University of Pittsburgh, followed by residency and fellowship training as Assistant Chief of Service at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Dr. Kim’s clinical and translational research area of interest is in the pathogenesis of chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyposis. Her clinical niche area includes the management of patients with the most severe form of chronic rhinosinusitis: patients with sinus disease and hyperplastic nasal polyposis and severe asthma at Johns Hopkins Asthma and Allergy Center, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and The Johns Hopkins Hospital. She has an active basic and translational laboratory that studies the underlying mechanisms of airway epithelial dysfunction in sinus disease. Her work is nationally and now internationally recognized in the field of epithelial cell biology and allergic immune responses. She has held NIH, foundation, and pharmaceutical industry-sponsored grants to conduct her clinical, basic, and translational research. 

She also has expertise in management and study of patients with autoimmune disease and complex sinus disease, and serves as one of the co-directors of the first-ever Sjogren’s Center of Excellence and the Vasculitis Center at Johns Hopkins. Thus, she has considerable experience in clinical trials in sinus and autoimmune diseases.

Dr. Kim is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of the International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology, the nationally #1 ranked rhinology journal. She has also served as study section reviewer for the Medical Research Council of the United Kingdom, the FAMRI foundation, JHSOM Institute for Translational Research, and JHU Clinician Scientist Awards. 

Dr. Kim is an inducted member of the following honor societies: Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Fellow of the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology, Fellow of the American Rhinologic Society, and the Triologic Society. more


  • Associate Professor of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
  • Associate Professor of Medicine

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  • MD PhD; University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (1990)


  • Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1995)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (Otolaryngology-General) (1996)

Research & Publications

Clinical Trial Keywords

Epithelium and Chronic Rhinosinusitis; Mechanism of Host Defense in Chronic Rhinosinusitis

Selected Publications

Induction of the endogenous sialoglycan ligand for eosinophil death receptor Siglec-8 in chronic rhinosinusitis with hyperplastic nasal polyposis Glycobiology Hyun Sil Lee, Anabel Gonzalez-Gil, Virginia Drake, T August Li, Ronald L Schnaar, Jean Kim

Therapeutic Potential of Dupilumab in the Treatment of Chronic Rhinosinusitis with Nasal Polyps: Evidence to Date, Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management

Biologics for chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyps: Economics and ethics

International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology

Lauren T. Roland MD, MSCI,Alan Regenberg MBE,Amber U. Luong MD, PhD,Sarah K. Wise MD, MSCR,Elina Toskala MD, PhD, MBA,Kent K. Lam MD,Joshua M. Levy MD, MPH,Christine B. Franzese MD,Kristine Smith MD,Jean Kim MD, PhD


Kim, J., M.Z. Cheng, and R. Naclerio, Management of the Upper Airway Distress During Pregnancy. Immunology and Allergy Clinics of North America, 2022.

Kim, J, Waugh, DW, Zaitchik, BF, et al. Climate change, the environment, and rhinologic disease. Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2022; 1- 12.

Activities & Honors


  • Fellow of American College of Surgeons- FACS
  • Fellow of American Rhinologic Society- FARS
  • Fellow of American Academy of Asthma Allergy and Clinical Immunology-FAAAI

Videos & Media

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Clinicians’ Review of Scientific Studies Underscores Links Between Climate Change and Nose and Sinus Conditions, Hopkins Medicine, (02/06/2023)

With Basic Biology and Clinical Savvy, Scientists Solve A Mystery in The Nose, Fundamentals (Sept/Oct 2021)

Researchers ID Anti-Inflammatory Proteins as Therapy Targets for Nasal and Sinus (6/9/2021)

Raising Awareness of AERD, HeadLines (Winter 2020)

Recorded Online Seminar: Thinking of Sinus Surgery?

Baltimore Magazine Top Doctors, Baltimore Magazine (October 2018)

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