Jae Kim
M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Jae Kim is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) where he is uniquely dually appointed in the Divisions of Neonatology and Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. His special areas of both clinical and research interests include neonatal nutrition, neonatal bowel injury and bedside ultrasound. His current active research centers around optimizing human milk feeding for the premature infant and pioneering the use of bedside ultrasound in the neonatal intensive care unit. He is the Nutrition Medical Director of an innovative multidisciplinary program to advance premature infant nutrition at UCSD called SPIN (Supporting Premature Infant Nutrition). He is the co-author of the recent book, Best Medicine: Human Milk in the NICU. He has spearheaded the creation of a donor human milk bank in Toronto, Canada. He is a consultant and past member of the Nutrition Committee in the Canadian Paediatric Society. His other interests include infants with necrotizing enterocolitis, short bowel syndrome, and intestinal failure and was the co-founder of an intestinal rehabilitation program called GIFT (Group for the Improvement of Intestinal Function and Treatment) at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada. He holds a PhD in Cell Biology and has conducted research in developmental gastroenterology where he helped to decipher the role of the Hedgehog signaling network in the gastrointestinal tract. He is a current Board Executive of the California Association of Neonatologists.