Friday, August 5, 2011

Children’s National Welcomes Vice President for Sheikh Zayed Institute

Children’s National Medical Center has announced the appointment of Peter C.W. Kim, MD, CM, PhD, as vice president of the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s National Medical Center, associate surgeon-in-chief, and co-lead of the Institute’s Systems Biology Initiative. An internationally known pediatric surgeon and scientist, Dr. Kim will implement the institute’s vision of innovative, multidisciplinary research and development in pediatric surgery.

In addition to leading the day to day activities of the Sheikh Zayed Institute, as co-lead of the Systems Biology Initiative, he will develop smarter surgical tools that will enhance pediatric surgeons’ capacity and capability. His focus is on three main areas: image guidance and next generation robotics, simulation technologies to teach tomorrow’s pediatric surgeons through hands-on approaches rather than the apprenticeship-based medical training model, and exploration of technologies such as high intensity focused ultrasound (HiFU) as potential non-invasive alternatives to conventional surgery.

“The Sheikh Zayed Institute creates unprecedented opportunity to make fundamental differences in pediatric surgery, in real time, and truly affect the well being of children worldwide,” said Dr. Kim. “The Institute’s model creates an ecosystem where care, education, and research work simultaneously together.”  Read the media release.

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