Dr. Lena Kim earned her medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine in Pennsylvania and completed her residency at Jacobi Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York followed by a fellowship at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in New York. Dr. Kim is board certified neonatologist.
Dr. Kim has been passionate for neonatal global health, having served on medical missions in regions such as Afghanistan, Bolivia, Mexico, and Mozambique. Through these experiences, she has gained operational knowledge on how to care for sick infants in resource-poor areas and hopes to continue the work via various professional channels. She seeks mentoring and networking to nurture her worldwide neonatal experience into a lifelong, academic interest by working with international partners such as Helping Babies Breathe and the Vermont Oxford Network.
Academically, Dr. Kim studied the molecular mechanism underlying the failed counterregulatory mechanism after recurrent hypoglycemia causing hypoglycemia unawareness and mortality. Most recent interest was to determine whether the skin appearance at birth could predict the survival of extremely premature neonates at the cusp of viability. She has been looking to see whether skin appearance appropriately reflects the maturation level of critical organs necessary for survival and to see if it can be a factor in decision making of resuscitation.
Personally, she enjoys staying active by doing Yoga, running, rock climbing, and playing golf. While sunny California has been proved perfect already for all the things that she dreamed of, she will soon take her charcoal out to the beach and draw the beautiful sunsets.