Dr. Kenneth Kim is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon born in South Korea, and raised in both Seoul and Southern California. As an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, and one of Korea’s leading plastic surgery groups – Dream Medical Group – Dr. Kim has extensive knowledge and experience in Asian cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. In addition to running his practice where Dr. Kim specializes in Korean aesthetic surgery, Dr. Kim also devotes his time teaching others as Assistant Clinical Professor at UCLA School of Medicine.
Dr. Kenneth Kim earned his degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was nominated for a Rhodes Scholarship based on outstanding academic performance. He then pursued a medical degree from Yale University, where he was presented with the distinguished Yale Department of Surgery Research Award. At Yale, Dr. Kim was inducted into the Howard Hughes Medical Institute with a research fellowship, with which he conducted research on tissue regeneration.
Following Yale, Dr. Kenneth Kim served as a resident for seven years in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Northwestern University. During his residency, he completed a prestigious fellowship on facial trauma and reconstruction at University of California, Davis, as well as a Craniomaxillofacial Research and Development Fellowship at the AO Institute in Switzerland. Over the years, Dr. Kim’s training encompassed all aspects of plastic surgery, including the following non-incisional Asian blepharoplasty (double-eyelid surgery), rhinoplasty, rhytidectomy (facelifts), breast augmentation/reconstruction, and body contouring.
Dr. Kim has worked with other highly skilled surgeons while training abroad in South Korea, mastering the most innovative techniques in Asian aesthetic surgery. He received special training in both double eyelid surgery and eye-enlargement surgery (ptosis repair). Since then, he specializes in double eyelid surgery to change the entire appearance of the eye – size, tilt, depth – by altering the deepest underlying structures of the eyelid. His exceptional techniques do not parallel conventional techniques in that they combine sophisticated methods in biomechanical modeling and analysis and Dr. Kim’s own aesthetic sensibility and surgical experience. His experience and unique surgical approach are truly state-of-the-art. His advanced methods, flawless techniques, and experiences working with Asian patients make him the ideal plastic surgeon for patients interested in Asian aesthetic surgery.
Furthermore, Dr. Kim has published numerous peer-reviewed journals on double eyelid surgery, eyelid ptosis surgery, and other aesthetic surgery. He often presents both locally at UCLA and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to globally at conferences including the Korean Society of Plastic Surgeons in Seoul, covering topics such as the functional and physiological restoration of the eyes and face to patient safety. Dr. Kim serves as a chairman of the Upper Blepharoplasty and Visual Field Loss Guideline Task Force of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Within the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Kim also serves as a member of the Quality and Performance Measurement Committee and Patient Safety Subcommittee.
While Dr. Kenneth Kim’s academic background, professional training, and surgical talents are noteworthy, it is his compassionate personality, calming nature, and dedication to serving his patients that truly set him apart. Aside from his clinical and academic pursuits, Dr. Kim also sets aside time each week to help elderly patients who are in need of reconstructive surgery. It is an integral part of his practice and fuels his passion for providing first-rate patient care. Ultimately, Dr. Kim’s own personality, innovative technique, and extensive skill are all evidenced in his exceptional surgical results and are attested to by patients worldwide.