Peter Kim, MD Vice President, Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation
Associate Surgeon-in-Chief



Peter C. W. Kim, MD, CM, PhD, is Vice President of the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation. Dr. Kim also serves as Associate Surgeon-in-Chief of the Joseph E. Robert, Jr., Center for Surgical Care at Children’s National Health System. 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 overseeing the institute, Dr. Kim’s research focuses on the development of intelligent surgical tools, including image guidance and robotics; smarter simulation technologies; and the potential of imaging technologies such as high frequency/intensity-focused ultrasound (HIFU) as non-invasive alternatives to conventional surgery. He is the lead for FDA funded National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation (NCC-PDI). He collaborates closely with the Sheikh Zayed Institute's bioengineering team to further explore the possibilities in preventive/regenerative medicine, with an eye on developing personalized medicine for children.

Dr. Kim joined Children’s National from the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Ontario, a national and international leading institution in pediatric research and care. There, he served as a general neonatal and thoracic surgeon, founding lead for the Centre for Image-Guided Innovation and Therapeutic Intervention (CIGITI), and senior associate scientist in the hospital’s research institute. His clinical specialties are complex surgical airway reconstructions, advanced minimally invasive surgery, and vascular reconstructive surgery for hepatobiliary diseases in children.

Dr. Kim received his medical training, including the distinction of Master of Surgery, at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He completed his surgical residency training at the University of Toronto as well as his fellowship in pediatric surgery at the University’s Hospital for Sick Children.  

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Education & Training

Education & Training

  • Fellowship Program, Pediatric Surgery, 1995
    The Hospital for Sick Children
  • Residency Program, General Surgery, 1993
    University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine
  • Internship Program, General Surgery, 1987
    University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine
  • MD, 1985
    McGill University


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