Obstetrics & Gynecology - (California)
Dr. Thomas Kim is a board certified Reproductive Endocrinologist, High-complexity Clinical Laboratory Director in Embryology and a Certified Medical technologist.
His journey in the field of infertility treatment is a personal one dear to his heart.
He initially set out to become an Internist until his own infertility issue shifted his professional path. “After my second year of Internal Medicine residency, we were having infertility problems for over a year.” he says.
“We were referred to a civilian fertility clinic since the Navy had no trained infertility specialists on the west coast at the time.” After two years of treatment, Dr. Kim and his wife fulfilled their dream of becoming parents. “It was an enlightening experience which piqued my interest in reproductive medicine and the technology that goes with it,” he says. “I decided to change my career path to become a Reproductive Endocrinologist.”
Following his fellowship training at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda Maryland, Dr. Kim started the first military IVF program on the west coast. Since the inception in 1998, that program has helped thousands of active duty military families’ dreams of having children come true. After honorable discharge from the Navy in 2001, he founded an IVF clinic in Los Angeles in collaboration with CHA medical group to pursue his interest in egg freezing as a fertility preservation option for women. He and colleagues published a landmark paper on egg freezing, which was considered experimental at the time. His research efforts in innovative vitrification of human eggs has sparked national interest, and coverage by leading media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, People Magazine and The Boston Globe. Today, egg cryopreservation using vitrification is a widely accepted treatment option especially for newly diagnosed cancer patients.
Dr. Kim believes that modern fertility treatment is vastly different than that of 10 years ago. It is a discipline where leading edge technology meets medical practice at the front line. As the laboratory technology advances in rapid pace, especially in the area of molecular genomics, it is crucial for clinicians to understand up-to-date information, and assist patients navigating complicated medical information. It is his commitment and passion to maintain unsurpassed laboratory quality based on scientific evidence and breakthroughs as well as continuing collaboration with IVI-RMA group that set him apart.
He adds, “after all, it is about creating a loving family for most patients. There are many ways to guide my patients to achieve that goal. I believe my experience as a patient as well as clinician will help me relate to patients better. And I’m committed and honored to walk with them on this leg of their journey to create a family."