Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH)
Karen Kim, M.D., M.S.
Dr. Kim is an Associate Professor of Medicine, in the Section of Gastroenterology at the University of Chicago, an associate member of the University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Research Center, an affiliate faculty in the Center for the Study of Race, Culture and Politics and Center for Gender Studies. Dr. Kim serves as the chair of the Department of Medicine’s Women’s Committee and the co-chair the Women in Medicine committee for the Division of Biological Sciences. Her leadership in women’s health, work life balance and mentorship has been widely recognized. Her educational interests include health disparities, cultural competency, patient centered communication, cancer prevention and women’s health. Dr. Kim has received numerous educational awards including best teaching faculty among medical students and gastroenterology fellows, and she chosen as a fellow in Academy of Distinguished Medical Educators at the University of Chicago.
Dr. Kim has been actively involved in community-based participatory research focusing on understanding the attitudes, knowledge and beliefs regarding cancer screening in minority populations. Dr. Kim uses comparative effective research to understand the impact of culturally competent, linguistically specific educational messaging on improving cancer awareness and prevention among Asian Americans, specifically in the areas of hepatitis B, breast and cervical cancer and colorectal cancer. Dr. Kim had led many clinical trials on chemoprevention for colorectal cancer and continues to study the uptake of vitamin D for colorectal cancer chemoprevention in African Americans. Dr. Kim’s community advocacy and research has resulted in numerous community-based awards including the American Cancer Society’s Community Partnership award and the Asian Health Coalition’s Public Health Advocacy Award.
Dr. Kim has been an advocate for ensuring equal access and delivery of health care to underserved populations. While she works full time as a clinical educator at the University of Chicago, Dr. Kim is devoted to enhance capacity building among community based organizations for independent, community directed research. She is currently the president of the Asian Health Coalition of Illinois, advisory member of the CDC’s Hepatitis B Task Force, board member for the National Council of Asian Pacific Islander Physicians and the Asian Health Foundation and the past chair of the American Cancer Society, Illinois Division, Early Detection and Prevention committee.