H. Katherine Kim, MD
Initially, I was interested in radiology as well as nuclear medicine, a field which involves using small amounts of radioactive materials to help diagnose and treat diseases. While I found them both fascinating, I wanted to practice a specialty where I could develop more long-term relationships with patients. As a radiation oncologist, I tend to monitor my patients for several years —even after active treatment is over —so I get to know them quite well. Working in this field gives me the chance to make a big difference in people’s lives using advanced technology while also forming strong bonds with patients and families over time.
I’m a true believer in the power of forming deep relationships with patients and families; our trust in each other is a fundamental key to success. My priority has always been to combine state-of-the art treatment with compassionate attention to the needs of every patient. I think it’s important to remember that cancer care is not just about “winning,” in the sense of achieving a cure or putting a disease into remission. Cancer care is also about understanding a person’s emotional or spiritual path, offering hope and support and helping patients through every stage of this experience, whether that means working toward a cure or helping people prepare for end of life.
Specialty: Radiation Oncology
I am a board-certified radiation oncologist with more than 30 years of experience in cancer care. I specialize in treating patients with prostate, breast, and colorectal cancers, among other diseases. My expertise includes a variety of radiation techniques, such as brachytherapy (radiation administered from inside the body). In addition to caring for patients, I have conducted research on intraoperative radiation therapy — radiation administered during surgery — for locally advanced rectal cancer and cervical carcinomas.
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