Judy E. Kim, MD
Judy E. Kim, MD is an internationally well-known vitreoretinal specialist, who is a Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences with tenure, Professor of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and Director of Teleophthalmology and Research at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). She is a graduate of the University of Chicago and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She completed her ophthalmology residency at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami and vitreoretinal surgical and medical fellowship at MCW and was a Howard Hughes-NIH Research Scholar. Having immigrated from S. Korea, she has been a trail blazer in ophthalmology, including becoming the second Korean-American to achieve the rank of professor of ophthalmology in the United States and receiving the Distinguished Asian Professional Award.
She has held leadership positions in numerous major ophthalmology organizations, including Board of Trustee of American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), the executive committees of American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS), Macula Society, Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Retina network (DRCR.net), Women in Retina, NAEVR/AEVR, an advocacy group for eye research funding, and on the editorial board of JAMA Ophthalmology. Dr. Kim will become only the second woman to be the president of ASRS, the largest retina society in the world.
Dr. Kim has received numerous awards and honors for her clinical excellence, leadership, and service to organizations, including Achievement Award, Senior Achievement Award, and Lifetime Achievement Award from AAO, Honor Award and Senior Honor Award from ASRS, Fellow of ARVO, and has been included in the Castle Connolly Top Doctor list, US News and World Reports Best Doctors and in the Best Doctor’s List continuously for over two decades. She has been selected to the “2021 Power List” of most influential ophthalmologists around the world by the Ophthalmologists, “150 Innovators” list from Ocular Surgery News and is an inaugural member of the “Retina Hall of Fame”.
She has published over 200 papers and given over 400 presentations, including over 150 invited national and international presentations and named lectures. She has been actively involved with over 70 multicenter clinical trials, serving on multiple roles including as a principal investigator, sub-investigator, committees on protocol design, quality control, writing, and data safety and monitoring board. She has been a leader in diabetic retinopathy research, including leading a national study, and has served as a vice-chair of DRCR.net, which is a leading research organization supported by the NIH on diabetic retinopathy and other retinal diseases. In addition to diabetic retinopathy, her research interests include age-related macular degeneration, surgical retina, telemedicine, ocular imaging, and community engaged research.
She aspires to improve people’s lives through providing compassionate and excellent patient care, furthering science and innovation, mentoring of the next generation, service to professional organizations, and promoting health and gender equity.