Esther (Soo Hyun) Kim

Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of SCAD Alliance, United States.

Esther (Soo Hyun) Kim, MD, MPH immigrated to the United States with her family from Seoul, South Korea, at the tender age of 5 years. She grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, and attended Duke University for her undergraduate studies. She went on to receive her medical degree from Duke University Medical Center and her Master of Public Health degree at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. She completed her internal medicine training at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, and completed her cardiology and vascular medicine fellowships at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.  She was a staff member in the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic for eight years prior to joining the faculty at Vanderbilt University Medical Center as an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, where she is the Director of the Arteriopathy Clinic and the Medical Director of the Vascular Laboratory. She has a special interest in the care of patients with uncommon arterial disorders, namely spontaneous coronary artery dissection and fibromuscular dysplasia. She is the Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of SCAD Alliance, a non-profit patient organization for patients with SCAD, and the national PI of the iSCAD Registry, the largest multicenter SCAD registry in the United States. She serves on the board of the Society for Vascular Medicine, the Vascular Testing division of the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission, and is the next Vice Chair of the Peripheral Vascular Disease Council for the American Heart Association. She considers herself mid-career with several exciting clinical and research initiatives underway, and she daily thanks the Lord above that she is able to live out her lifelong dream of serving others. She is a wife, mother, and physician (in that order) and strives to be a perpetual learner. When she started medical school, her mother gifted her a blanket with the words “faith,” “hope,” and “humble” embroidered on it. At the time, she wondered where the word “love” was, but she now realizes that she has been gifted a fairytale life full of love, and the reminder to be “humble” was her mother’s prophetic word of wisdom. The complexities of medicine and her patients keep her humble, and for that, she is grateful.

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