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Bariatric Surgeon

Meet Keith C. Kim, MD

With nearly 20 years of experience in bariatric surgery and over 5,000 cases performed, Dr. Kim is a leader in the field of bariatric surgery. Dr. Kim is a pioneer and at the forefront of robotic bariatric surgery, having performed over 2,300 robotic bariatric surgeries, making him one of the most experienced robotic bariatric surgeons in the world. He published one of the first comprehensive textbooks on Robotics in General Surgery, has written over 10 book chapters, has given over 100 invited national and international lectures, and has taught and mentored hundreds of bariatric surgeons across the globe. He is active in clinical research in the treatment of all aspects of obesity and metabolic diseases. Dr. Kim has particular interests in complex revisional surgeries as well as applications of machine learning and artificial intelligence in surgery, and he is currently deeply involved in the development of future surgical systems.

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One of the Most Respected Bariatric Specialists in the Nation

Dr. Kim is a Fellow, American College of Surgeons, he is Board Certified, General Surgery, has a Medical Degree with Honors from University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC, performed Residency at University of North Carolina Hospitals, Chapel Hill, NC, is now the Medical Director, Obesity and Metabolic Surgery AdventHealth Celebration Health and is the Co-Founder, The Obesity and Metabolism Institute, AdventHealth Celebration Health.

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Achievements, Research and Published Works

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Achievements

Education and Fellowships

Chief Resident of the Year: Wake Medical Center, University of North Carolina Hospitals
Residency in General Surgery: University of North Carolina Hospitals
Intern in General Surgery: University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Medical School: University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Doctor of Medicine with Honors
Medical School Admissions Board
Alumni Loyalty Merit Scholar

Undergraduate: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry with Distinction
John Motley Morehead Scholar
North Carolina Fellow

Board Certification / License

Recertification in General Surgery – American Board of Surgery.
Certification in General Surgery - American Board of Surgery
State of Florida - ME 88949
State of Mississippi - #16428

Professional Memberships

American College of Surgeons – Fellow Status (2011 – present)
American College of Surgeons - Member (1999-2011)
American Medical Association (1999- 2013)
American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) (2001-present)

  • Fellow, ASMBS (2015)
  • ASMBS Program Committee –Chair (2010- present)
  • ASMBS Public Education Committee - Chair (2010- 2012)
  • ASMBS Access to Care Committee (2010-present)
  • ASMBS Education Committee (2010-present)
  • ASMBS Insurance Committee (2010-2012)
  • ASMBS Research Committee (2010-2012)
  • ASMBS Professional Liability Committee (2010-2012)

 

Clinical Robotic Surgery Association (2011-present)
Ethicon Bariatric Worldwide Panel (2009-present)
Florida Medical Association (2003-2013)
International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity (IFSO) (2009-2013)
IFSO Innovations & New Technology Committee – Chair (2009-2013)
Journal of Robotic Surgery - Editor Consultant (2010-present)
Nathan A. Womack Surgical Society (1999-2012)
Novus Quality Assurance Board
Obesity Action Coalition (2012-present)
SAGES (2008-present)
Society of Robotic Surgery – SRS - President 2015 (2012-present)
Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons (2007-2012)
Surgical Review Corporation Review Board (2010-present)

Research and Presentations

RESEARCH GRANTS

Prospective Analysis of Utilization and Cost Effectiveness of Bariatric Surgery
Ethicon Endo-Surgery

Clinical Monitoring and Impact on Sleep and Stress
Covidien

Randomized Clinical Trial on Best Medical Therapy vs Roux en Y Gastric Bypass in Type II Diabetics between BMI 25-35
dd Endo-Surgery (ongoing)
$2,000,000.00 grant COSMID (Comparison of Surgery vs. Medicine for Indian Diabetes)

Preclinical evaluation of mechanical strength and histology of explanted human gastric tissue sealed with an electrosurgical Seal & Cut device
Principal Investigator: Keith Kim, MD

A Study of Clinical Outcomes if the REALIZE Adjustable Gastric Band-C at 2 years in a US Patient Population of Morbidly Obese Patients
FH # 2333-4860F

Single Port Cholecystectomy Using a Robotic Platform.
(Industry supported, ongoing)

Effects of Bariatric Surgery on Quality of Life
(in progress with FH translational labs) 2013.

Effects of physical activity on muscle and adipose tissue metabolism of severely obese patients before and after weight reduction
(in progress with FH translational labs)

Fertility Changes Following Bariatric Surgeries.
(in progress with FH translational labs)

Recent Presentations

American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)
New Orleans, LA. November 2016

Obesity Days 2016
Frankfurter, Germany. October 2016

Clinical Robotic Surgery Association
Seoul, Korea October 2016

MIS / SRS – Program Chair
August 2016

43rd Annual Course – Digestive Surgery
Sao Paulo, Brazil. June 2016

Geneva Robotic Week
Geneva, Switzerland. June 2016

FHSH Community Medical Centers- Lunch and Learn
May 2016

2016 Baptist Health Robotics Symposium
Miami, FL. April 2016

AdventHealth Research Forum
Orlando, FL. April 2016

UT Health – 2016 Surgical Disruptive Technology Summit
Houston, TX. March 2016

2016 SAGES Spring Conference
Boston, MA. March 2016

BEST Congress (Bariatric Endoscopic Surgery Trends)
Madrid, Spain. December 2015

American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)
Los Angeles, CA. November 2015

The Obesity Society (TOS)
Los Angeles, CA. November 2015

Clinical Robotic Surgery Association
Chicago, IL. October 2015

Society of Laparoscopic Surgeons
New York. September 2016

2015 Latin American Forum – Masters – Bariatric & Metabolic Surgery
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. July 2015

International Consensus Conference on Revisional Bariatric/Metabolic Surgery
Fresno, CA. June 2015

1st Annual Bariatric Conference – GBMC – Jordan Hospital
Amman, Jordan. May 2015

2015 SAGES Annual Meeting
Nashville, TN. April 2015

AdventHealth Research Forum
April 2015

2015 OSAS (Sleep Apnea) International Surgery Course
March 2015

2015 SRS Annual Meeting – Orlando, FL
February 2015

Published Work

Textbooks

  • Kim, Kim, Hagen, Monika, Buffington, Cynthia. Editors: Nguyen, Ninh, Blackstone, Robin, Morton, John, Ponce, Jaime, Rosenthal, Raul ASMBS Textbook of Bariatric Surgery. Chapter Robotics in Bariatric Surgery. P. 469-474. Volume 1. 2015 Edition. Springer Press. ISBN: 978-1-4939-1205-6 3, 2015.
  • Editor: Kim, Keith. Robotics in General Surgery. Pages 511. Springer Publisher New York. ISBN: 978-1-4614-8738-8. Library of Congress Control Number: 2013949142. 2014
  • Keith Kim, Monika E. Hagen, Cynthia Buffington. Robotics in Bariatric Surgery. Chapter for book entitled, Evidence-based Approach to MIS, Cine-Med, Inc. (Murayama KM, et al. (eds), 2013.

Book Chapters

  • Kim, K. Monika E. Hagen, Cynthia Buffington. Robotics in bariatric surgery. Chapter for book entitled, Evidence-based Approach to MIS, 2016.
  • Kim, K. Cynthia Buffington. Alcohol Metabolism with Bariatric Surgery: Potential Health Consequences. Rios-Martinez (ed). Integrated Health in Bariatric Surgery. Ch. 8, Kindle Publishing, 2015.
  • Kim, K. Buffington, CK. Compensatory Responses to Weight Loss Responsible for Weight Regain. Integrated Health in Bariatric Surgery, Ch 7, Kindle Publishing, 2015
  • Kim K, Buffington CK. Alcohol metabolism and potential health consequences with bariatric surgery. IFSO: Guidelines for Bariatric Surgery. Online 2014
  • Kim K., Buffington CK. Compensatory responses to weight loss that contribute to weight regain: Effects of surgery and lifestyle/dietary intervention. IFSO: Guidelines for Bariatric Surgery. Online 2014
  • Kim, K. Monika E. Hagen, Cynthia Buffington. Robotics for Bariatric Surgery. Chapter in ASMBS Handbook for Bariatric Surgery. 2013
  • Kim, K, C Buffington. Alcohol Metabolism with Bariatric Surgery: Potential Health Consequences. Handbook of Bariatric Nutrition. 2013.
  • Kim, K, C Buffington. Compensatory Responses to Weight Loss that Contributes to Weigh Regain: Effects of Surgery and Lifestyle/ Dietary Intervention. Handbook of Bariatric Nutrition. 2013
  • Kim, K, Hagen, M. C Buffington. Robotics in Bariatric Surgery. Evidence-Based Approach to MIS. 2013

Peer-Review Manuscripts:

  • Kim, K. Chapter on Bariatric Surgery—Bypass. Textbook and Atlas of Robotic Surgery to be published by Springer in 2016
  • Kim, K. Chapter on Robotics in Bariatric Surgery for the 2nd edition of Evidence-based Approach to Minimally Invasive Surgery, Murayama et al. (to be published)
  • Kim K, Hagen ME, Buffington C. The Cancer Journal. 2013 Mar-Apr; 19(2):177-82. Robotics in advanced gastrointestinal surgery: the bariatric experience. (Reviewed) 19:177-82 2013
  • Cunneen SA, Brathwaite CE, Joyce C, Gersin K, Kim K, Schram JL, Wilson EB, Schwiers M, Gutierrez M. Clinical outcomes of the Realize Adjustable Gastric Band-C at two years in a United States population. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 8:288-95. 2012 and 2013
  • Cunneen SA, Brathwaite CE, Joyce C, Gersin K, Kim K, Schram JL, Wilson EB, Rodriguez CE, Gutierrez M. Clinical outcomes of the REALIZE adjustable gastric band-C at one year in a U.S. population. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2012 May-Jun; 8(3):288-95
  • Dallal RM, Cottam DR, Bertha N, Bonnanni FB Jr, Bour ES, Brolin RE, Kim K, Petrick A, Sweet WA, Blackstone RP. Surg Obes Relat Dis (SOARD) 2011; 4: ASMBS Patient Safety Committee Policy Statement on the Qualifications of Expert Witnesses in Bariatric Surgery Medicolegal Matters. DOI: 10.1016/j.soard.2011.12.002
  • P Toor, K Kim, C Buffington. Sleep quality and duration before and after bariatric surgery. Obes Surg 2011; 21: and 22:890-5, 2012
  • Kim K, Buffington CK. Robotic surgery in bariatrics. World J Robotic, 2011

Peer-Reviewed Publications:

  • Kim K, Hagen ME, Buffington C. Robotics in advanced gastrointestinal surgery: the bariatric experience. Cancer J. 2013; 19(2):177-82.
  • Cunneen SA, Brathwaite CE, Joyce C, Gersin K, Kim K, Schram JL, Wilson EB, Schwiers M, Gutierrez M. Clinical Outcomes of the Realize Adjustable Gastric Band-C at Two years in a United States population. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2013; 9:885-93.
  • Cunneen SA, Brathwaite CE, Joyce C, Gersin K, Kim K, Schram JL, Wilson EB, Rodriguez CE, Gutierrez M. Clinical Outcomes of the Realize Adjustable Gastric Band-C at One year in a United States population. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2012 May-Jun; 8(3):288-95.
  • Dallal RM, Cottam DR, Bertha N, Bonnanni FB Jr, Bour ES, Brolin RE, Kim K, Petrick A, Sweet WA, Blackstone RP. ASMBS patient safety committee policy statement on the qualifications of expert witnesses in bariatric surgery medico-legal matters. Surg Obes Relat Dis (SOARD) 2012; 8:9-10
  • P Toor, K Kim, C Buffington. Sleep quality and duration before and after bariatric surgery. Obes Surg 2012; 22:890-5.
  • Kim K, White V, Buffington CK. Surgery utilization following bariatric surgery coverage by a large employee-based healthcare program. Obes Surg 2010; 12:1575-8.
  • Kim K, Buffington CK. Robotic surgery in bariatrics. World J Robotic, 2011.