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Dong H. Kim, MD

Professor, Chair, and Nancy, Clive and Pierce Runnells Distinguished Chair in Neuroscience
Vivian L. Smith Department of Neurosurgery
McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

Dr. Dong H. Kim leads the clinical neuroscience efforts for The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). Combining the strengths of an 11-campus hospital group with 3,600 patient care beds and the academic resources of the UT System, UTHealth Neurosciences provides the most specialized treatment available for diseases of the brain and is a national leader in research for new treatments.

Dr. Kim is noted for his research into the origin, development and treatment of brain aneurysms. He leads basic science efforts, such as identifying the genes that lead to an inherited risk for aneurysms and genetic changes in brain tumors, and translational projects that directly affect clinical practice. He has been honored with numerous awards and was named to America’s Top Surgeons, Marquis Who’s Who and Who’s Who in America. He is the recipient of grants from the National Institutes of Health and the American Stroke Association and has authored studies published in journals such as Nature Genetics, Brain Research, International Journal of Cancer, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Journal of Neurosurgery and Genes, Chrom, Cancer.

Dr. Kim is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine. After general surgery training at Harvard, he completed his neurosurgery training under Dr. Charles Wilson at UCSF. He went on to complete a fellowship in cerebrovascular surgery and skull base tumors with Dr. Arthur Day.

He has held faculty and hospital appointments at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Cornell University Medical College, The New York Hospital and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Dr. Kim specializes in the following diseases:

  • Intracranial aneurysms
  • Brain tumors, benign and malignant
  • Arteriovenous malformations (AVMs)
  • Skull base tumors and meningiomas
  • Carotid disease
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Chiari malformations
  • Pineal Cysts


Medical School
University of California San Francisco, 1990

University of California San Francisco , 1996

University of Florida, 1997

Dr Dong Kim, MD

Dr. Kim Sees Patients at:
UTHealth Neurosciences–Texas Medical Center
(713) 486-8000
6400 Fannin Street, Suite 2800
Houston, TX 77030
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