The question that I ask myself every day on my way to work is, 'How can we do better?
Jae Y. Kim, M.D., our chief of thoracic surgery, joined City of Hope after completing a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery, specializing in thoracic oncology at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
A Harvard graduate in biochemistry, Dr. Kim received his medical degree from University of California San Francisco.
Dr. Kim is heavily involved in research to find better treatments for lung and esophageal cancer. He has led multiple clinical trials to improve the care of lung and esophageal cancer patients, focusing on surgical outcomes and quality of life.
1997-2002, M.D., Medicine, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
1993-1997, M.A., B.A., Biochemistry, Graduated Magna Cum Laude, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
2009-2011, Fellow, Thoracic Surgery, University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
2008-2009, Chief Resident, Department of General Surgery, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
2002-2008, Resident, Department of General Surgery, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
2019-present, Associate Professor, Division of Thoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, City of Hope, Duarte, CA
2012-present, Chief, Division of Thoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, City of Hope, Duarte, CA
Awards & Memberships
Castle Connolly Top Doctors and Los Angeles Magazine Top Doctors
2011-present, Member, International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
2010-present, Member, Society of Thoracic Surgeons
Banapour P, Yuh B, Chenam A, Shen JK, Ruel N, Han ES, Kim JY, Maghami EG, Pigazzi A, RazDJ, Singh GP, Wakabayashi M, Woo Y, Fong Y, Lau CS. Readmission and complications after robotic surgery: experience of 10,000 operations at a comprehensive cancer center. J Robot Surg. 2021 Feb;15(1):37-44. doi: 10.1007/s11701-020-01077-4. Epub 2020 Apr 10. PMID: 32277400
Sun V, Raz DJ, and Kim JY, Melstrom LG, Hite S, Varatkar G, Fong Y. (2020) Barriers and facilitators of adherence to a perioperative physical activity intervention for older adults with cancer and their family caregivers. J Geriatr Oncol. doi:10.1016/j.jgo.2019.06.003. 2020 June 5.
Mambetsariev I, Wang Y, Chen C, Nadaf S, Pharaon R, Fricke J, Amanam I, Amini A, Bild A, Chu P, Erhunmwunsee L, Kim JY, Munu J, Pillai R, Raz DJ, Sampath S, Vora L, Qiu F, Smith L, Batra SK, Massarelli E, Koczywas M, Reckamp K, Salgia R. Precision Medicine and Actionable Alterations in Lung Cancer: A Single Institution Experience. PLoS One. 2020 Feb 11;15(2):e0228188. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0228188. eCollection 2020. PMID: 32045431
Lafaro KJ, Raz DJ, Kim JY, Hite S, Ruel N, Varatkar G, Erhunmwunsee L, Melstrom LG, Lee B, Singh G, Fong Y, Sun V. Pilot study of a telehealth perioperative physical activity intervention for older adults with cancer and their caregivers. Support Care Cancer. 2019 Dec 16. doi: 10.1007/s00520-019-05230-0. PMID: 31845007
Konstantinidis I, Ituarte PHG, Woo Y, Warner S, Melstrom K, Kim JY, Singh G, Lee B, Fong Y, Melstrom LG. (2019) Trends and outcomes of robotic surgery for gastrointestinal (GI) cancers in the USA: maintaining perioperative and oncologic safety. Surg Endosc. 2019 Dec 9. doi: 10.1007/s00464-019-07284-x. PMID: 31820161
Wong P, Newman IM, Kim JY, D’Apuzzo M, Melstrom LG. (2019) Underestimating the Burden of Disease in Sarcomatoid Carcinoma of The Lung: A Case Report and Literature Review. Global Surgery Case Reports Journal. dx.doi.org/10.31487/j.GSCR.2019.01.03. 2019 October 10.
Wu Gx, Ituarte PHG, Ferrell B, Sun V, Erhunmwunsee L, Raz DJ, Kim JY. (2019) Causes of Death and Hospitalization in Long-term Lung Cancer Survivors: A Population-based Appraisal. Clin Lung Cancer. 2019 Aug 30. pii: S1525-7304(19)30256-6. doi: 10.1016/j.cllc.2019.08.007. PMID: 31591032
un V, Raz DJ, Erhunmwunsee L, Ruel N, Carranza J, Prieto R, Ferrell B, Krouse RS, McCorkle R, Kim JY. (2019) Improving family caregiver and patient outcomes in lung cancer surgery: Study protocol for a randomized trial of the multimedia self-management (MSM) intervention. Contemp Clin Trials. 2019 Aug;83:88-96. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2019.07.002 PMID: 31279090
Li R, Shinde A, Glaser S, Chao J, Kim JY, Karam SD, Goodman K, Chen YJ, Amini A. (2019) Analyzing the impact of neoadjuvant radiation dose on pathologic response and survival outcomes in esophageal and gastroesophageal cancers. J Gastrointest Oncol. 2019 Aug;10(4):712-722. doi: 10.21037/jgo.2019.02.18. PMID: 31392052
Sun V, Raz DJ, Kim JY. (2019) Caring for the informal caregiver. Curr Opin Support Palliat Care. 2019 May 30.
Mao Y, Yu Z, You B, et al. (2019) Society for Translational Medicine Expert consensus on the selection of surgical approaches in the management of thoracic esophageal carcinoma. J Thorac Dis Jan;11(1):319-328.
Zhang K, Wang J, Yang L, Yuan YC, Tong TR, Wu J, Yun X, Bonner M, Pangeni R, Liu Z, Yuchi T, Kim JY, Raz DJ. (2018) Targeting histone methyltransferase G9a inhibits growth and Wnt signaling pathway by epigenetically regulating HP1α and APC2 gene expression in non-small cell lung cancer. Mol Cancer. 17(1):153.
Eng OS, Kim JY, Ruel N, Raz DJ, Erhunmwunsee L, Melstrom LG, Chao J, Woo Y, Kim J, Sun V. (2018) Quality of Life, Symptoms, and Self-Management Strategies After Gastroesophageal Cancer Surgery. J Pain Symptom Manage. 56(2):e4-e8.
Stewart CL, Warner S, Ito K, Raoof M, Wu G, Lu WP, Kessler J, Kim JY, Fong Y. (2018) Cytoreduction for Colorectal Metastases: Liver, Lung, Peritoneum, Lymph Nodes, Bone, Brain. When Does it Palliate, Prolong Survival, and Potentially Cure? Current Problems in Surgery. 55(9):330-379. doi: 10.1067/j.cpsurg.2018.08.004
Shinde A, Li R, Kim JY, Salgia R, Hurria A, Amini A. (2018) Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) for Early Stage Lung Cancer in the Elderly. Seminars in Oncology. pii: S0093-7754(18)30008-3. doi: 10.1053/j.seminoncol.2018.06.002.
Eng OS, Nelson RA, Konstantinidis I, Chao J, Erhunmwunsee L, Raz DJ, Kim JY. (2018) Disparities in survival after trimodality therapy for esophageal adenocarcinoma. Dis Esophagus. 10.1093/dote/doy020.
Sun V, Kim JY, Raz DJ, Chang W, Erhunmwunsee L, Uranga C, Ireland AM, Reckamp K, Tiep B, Hayter J, Lew M, Ferrell B, McCorkle R. (2018) Preparing Cancer Patients and Family Caregivers for Lung Surgery: Development of a Multimedia Self-Management Intervention. J Cancer Educ. 33(3):557-563.
Park IH, Kim JY. (2018) Surveillance or resection after chemoradiation in esophageal cancer. Ann Transl Med. 6(4):82.
Nardi I, Reno T, Yun X, Sztain T, Wang J, Dai H, Zheng L, Shen B, Kim JY, Raz DJ. (2018) Triptolide inhibits Wnt signaling in NSCLC through upregulation of multiple Wnt inhibitory factors via epigenetic modifications to Histone H3. Int J Cancer. Nov 15;143(10):2470-2478.
Zhang K, Keymeulen S, Nelson R, Tong TR, Yuan YC, Yun X, Liu Z, Lopez J, Raz DJ, Kim JY. (2018) Overexpression of Flap Endonuclease 1 Correlates with Enhanced Proliferation and Poor Prognosis of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer. Am J Pathol. 188(1)242-251
Raz DJ, Wu GX, Consunji M, Nelson RA, Kim H, Sun CL, Sun V, Kim JY. (2018) The Effect of Primary Care Physician Knowledge of Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines on Perceptions and Utilization of Low-Dose Computed Tomography. Clin Lung Cancer. 19(1):51-57.
Wu G, Consunji M, Nelson RA, Yeung K, Sun C, Kim JY, Raz DJ. (2017) Perspectives on Managing Solitary Pulmonary Nodules: A Survey of Primary Care Physicians. Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 29(3):391-405.
Wu GX, Nelson RA, Kim JY, Raz DJ. (2017) Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer as a Second Primary Among Patients with Previous Malignancy: Who Is at Risk? Clin Lung Cancer. 18(5):543-550.e3
Zhang K, Wang J, Tong TR, Wu X, Nelson R, Yuan YC, Reno T, Liu Z, Yun X, Kim JY, Salgia R, Raz DJ. (2017) Loss of H2B monoubiquitination is associated with poor-differentiation and enhanced malignancy of lung adenocarcinoma. Int J Cancer. 141(4):766-777.
Reb A, Ruel N, Fakih M, Lai L, Salgia R, Ferrell B, Sampath S, Kim JY, Raz DJ, Sun V. (2017) Empowering survivors after colorectal and lung cancer treatment: Pilot study of a Self-Management Survivorship Care Planning Intervention. Eur J Oncol Nurs. 29:125-134.
Zheng L, Ji J, Dai H, Wan L, Liu J, Hu L, Zhou M, Qiu M, Chen X, Chang L, Kim JY, Reckamp K, Raz DJ, Xia Z, Shen B. (2017) Triptolide-Assisted Phosphorylation of p53 Suppresses Inflammation-Induced NF-κB Survival Pathways in Cancer Cells. Moll Cell Biol. 37(15). pii: e00149-17.
Sun V, Raz J, Ruel N, Chang W, Erhunmwunsee L, Reckamp K, Tiep B, Ferrell B, McCorkle R, Kim JY. (2017) A Multimedia Self-management Intervention to Prepare Cancer Patients and Family Caregivers for Lung Surgery and Postoperative Recovery.Clin Lung Cancer 18(3):e151-e159.
Kim JY. (2017) Analyzing competing risks in the treatment of lung cancer: a good start. J Thorac Dis. 9(3): 474-476.
Choi AH, O’Leary MP, Merchant SJ, Sun V, Chao J, Raz DJ, Kim JY, Kim J. (2017) Complications of Feeding Jejunostomy Tubes in Patients with Gastroesophageal Cancer. J Gastrointest Surg. 21(2):259-265.
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Excellent care! They are very mindful of the problems my insurance poses by not allowing the tests to be done at COH and make every difference effort to comply! - Verified patient
Always COH exemplary! Always trying to be on time and helpful! Sometimes, a challenge; this time okay! - Verified patient
Dr Kim made me feel at ease. Didn't rush - Verified patient
COH is very good at arranging and organizing - Verified patient