Dr. Kwang Sik Kim is a professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Kim serves as the director of the Eudowood Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. He holds a joint appointment in molecular microbiology and immunology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
As a researcher, his chief interest is in the pathogenesis of sepsis and central nervous system (CNS) infections, using microbial genomics and proteomics. Sepsis and CNS infections are prevalent and remain the major causes of mortality and morbidity throughout the world; attempts to control such diseases have been hampered by incomplete knowledge of the pathogenesis. Dr. Kim’s group is the first to show, using E. coli, how bacteria translocate from blood to the CNS. His group is also one of the first to show that endotoxin requires soluble CD14 for activating endothelial cells. His continued investigations of microbes-host interactions pertaining to pathogenesis will lead to development of novel strategies (e.g., vaccines) to prevent sepsis and CNS infections.
Dr. Kim received his medical degree in 1971 from the Seoul National University in Korea. After serving three years in the Korean Air Force, he trained in pediatrics at Ellis Hospital in New York and Louisiana State University Division, Charity Hospital of Louisiana. A former fellow in pediatric infectious diseases at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, UCLA School of Medicine, he left his post there as director of infectious diseases to join Johns Hopkins in 2000 as director of pediatric infectious diseases. At Johns Hopkins, he holds a joint appointment in molecular microbiology and immunology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
He has authored 250 peer-reviewed publications and has received several major awards, including the NIH's Fogarty Senior International Fellowship. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the American Pediatric Society, among others.