Dr. John Kim, MD

Dr. John Kim, MD

Plastic Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
51 y/o

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Dr. John Kim, MD is a plastic surgery specialist in Chicago, IL and has been practicing for 15 years. He specializes in plastic surgery, facial plastic & reconstructive surgery, and more.Read his story

Northwestern Medical Group

675 N Saint Clair St Ste 19-250

Chicago, IL 60611
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Beech Street (Multiplan)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Coventry Health Care
  • HFN
  • Humana
  • Medicaid
  • MultiPlan
  • Tricare
  • UniCare
  • UnitedHealthCare

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No malpractice claims found for Illinois
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Kim's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Breast Diseases

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Kim treats Breast Diseases more than 75% of his peers

Dr. Kim treats this condition more than 75% of his peers

Wound Repair

Treatment Frequency

Dr. Kim performs Wound Repair more than 74% of his peers

Dr. Kim performs this procedure more than 74% of his peers


Treatment Frequency

Dr. Kim treats Cancer more than 58% of his peers

Dr. Kim treats this condition more than 58% of his peers

Rating Includes other areas of care:

  • Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma
  • Adolescent Cancer
  • Adrenal Cortical Carcinoma
  • Adrenal Gland Cancer
  • Adult Cerebral Astrocytoma
  • Adult Small Cell Lung Cancer
  • Ampullary Carcinoma
  • Anal and Rectal Cancer
  • Anal Cancer
  • Anaplastic Oligodendroglioma
  • Angiosarcoma of the Breast
  • Appendix Cancer
  • Astrocytoma
  • Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)
  • Basal Type Breast Cancer
  • Benign Astrocytoma
  • Bile Duct Cancer
  • Biliary Cancer
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Blood Cancer
  • Bone Cancer
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (Includes: Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brainstem Glioma
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Cancer Recurrence
  • Bronchioalveolar Carcinoma
  • Bronchogenic Carcinoma
  • Cancer of Floor of Mouth
  • Cerebellar Astrocytoma
  • Cerebral Astrocytoma
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Cholangiocarcinoma
  • Chordoma
  • Choriocarcinoma
  • Chromophobe Renal Cell Carcinoma
  • Clear Cell Adenocarcinoma
  • Clear Cell Renal Cell Carcinoma
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Distal Colorectal Cancer
  • Distal Gastrointestinal Tract Cancers
  • Ductal Carcinoma in Situ
  • Duodenal Cancer
  • Ear Cancer
  • Endocrine Cancer
  • Endometrial Cancer
  • ENT Cancer
  • Epidermoid Carcinoma
  • Epithelial-Myoepithelial Carcinoma
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Extrahepatic Bile Duct Cancer
  • Eye Cancer
  • Facial Skin Cancer
  • Fallopian Tube Cancer
  • Familial Colorectal Cancer
  • Familial Pancreatic Cancer
  • Familial Renal Cancer
  • Familial Renal Cell Carcinoma
  • Fibrolamellar Hepatocellular Carcinoma
  • Follicular Adenocarcinoma
  • Follicular Thyroid Cancer
  • Gall Bladder Cancer
  • Gallbladder & Biliary Tract Cancer
  • Gastric Cancer, Borrmann 4
  • Gastroenterologic Cancer (Colon, Stomach, Esophageal, Liver)
  • Genital System Cancer
  • Genitourinary Cancers
  • Gland Cancer
  • Glassy Cell Carcinoma
  • Glioma
  • Gliomatosis Cerebri
  • Gynecologic Cancer
  • Hamartomatous Colorectal Cancer
  • Heart Cancer
  • Hepatobiliary Cancer
  • Hepatocellular Cancer
  • Hepatocellular Carcinoma
  • Hip Cancer
  • Hypopharyngeal Cancer
  • Inflammatory Breast Cancer
  • Infundibulocystic Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Intestinal Cancer
  • Intrahepatic Cholangiocarcinoma
  • Invasive Breast Cancer
  • Invasive Ductal Carcinoma
  • Invasive Lobular Carcinoma
  • Joint Cancer
  • Juvenile Pilocytic Astrocytoma
  • Laryngeal Cancer
  • Laryngeal Carcinoma
  • Limb Cancer
  • Lip Cancer
  • Liver Cancer
  • Locally Advanced Breast Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lymphoma of the Breast
  • Male Breast Cancer
  • Male Genitourinary Cancer
  • Malignant Astrocytoma
  • Malignant Breast Tumor
  • Malignant Glioma
  • Mediastinal Cancer
  • Medullary Thyroid Cancer
  • Medulloblastoma
  • Melanoma-Astrocytoma Syndrome
  • Merkel Cell Cancer
  • Metastatic Adrenal Gland Cancer
  • Metastatic Blood Cancer
  • Metastatic Bone Cancer
  • Metastatic Breast Cancer
  • Metastatic Cancer
  • Metastatic Liver Cancer
  • Metastatic Lymph Cancer
  • Metastatic Nervous System Cancer
  • Metastatic Prostate Cancer
  • Metastatic Skin Cancer
  • Metastatic Soft Tissue Cancer
  • Metastatic Spinal Cord Cancer
  • Metastatic Squamous Neck Cancer With Occult Primary
  • MSI-H Colorectal Cancer
  • MSI-L Colorectal Cancer
  • MSS Colorectal Cancer
  • Muscle Cancer
  • Nasal Cavity Cancer
  • Nasopharyngeal Cancer
  • Neck Cancer
  • Nerve Cancer
  • Neuroendocrine Cancer
  • Nevoid Basal Cell Carcinoma Syndrome
  • Nodular Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Noduloulcerative Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer
  • Nonpolyposis Colorectal Cancer, Familial
  • Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
  • Nose Cancer
  • Oligodendroglioma
  • Oral Cancer
  • Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Oropharyngeal Cancer
  • Oropharyngeal Cancer, Adult
  • Osteosarcoma of the Breast
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Ovarian Epithelial Cancer
  • Palate Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Pancreatic Islet Cell Cancer
  • Papillary Renal Cell Carcinoma
  • Papillary Thyroid Cancer
  • Paranasal Sinus Cancer
  • Parathyroid (Gland) Cancer
  • Parathyroid Carcinoma
  • Parotid Gland Cancer
  • Pediatric Cancer
  • Pelvic Cancer
  • Penile Cancer
  • Pharyngeal Cancer
  • Pigmented Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Pleura Cancer
  • Pre-Invasive Breast Cancer
  • Primary Prostate Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer - Hereditary - 1
  • Prostate Cancer - Hereditary - 10
  • Prostate Cancer - Hereditary - 11
  • Prostate Cancer - Hereditary - 14
  • Prostate Cancer - Hereditary - 2
  • Prostate Cancer - Hereditary - 3
  • Prostate Cancer - Hereditary - 4
  • Prostate Cancer - Hereditary - 5
  • Prostate Cancer - Hereditary - 6
  • Prostate Cancer - Hereditary - 7
  • Prostate Cancer - Hereditary - 8
  • Prostate Cancer - Hereditary - 9
  • Prostate Cancer - Hereditary - X-Linked 1
  • Prostate Cancer - Hereditary - X-Linked 2
  • Prostate Cancer - Hereditary -12
  • Prostate Cancer - Hereditary -13
  • Prostate Cancer - Hereditary -15
  • Radiation-Induced Angiosarcoma of the Breast
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Renal (Kidney) Cancer
  • Renal Cell Cancer
  • Respiratory System Cancer
  • Retinal Cancer
  • Salivary Gland Cancer
  • Sebaceous Gland Carcinoma
  • Secretory Breast Carcinoma
  • Sinonasal Undifferentiated Carcinoma
  • Sinus Cancer
  • Skin Cancer
  • Small Cell Lung Cancer
  • Spinal Cord Cancer
  • Spleen Cancer
  • Sporadic Colorectal Cancer
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma of Conjunctiva
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma of Head and Neck
  • Stomach and Small Intestine Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer, Familial
  • Superficial Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Supraglottic Laryngeal Cancer
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Thoracic Cancer
  • Throat Cancer
  • Thymus Cancer
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroid Cancer, Anaplastic
  • Thyroid Cancer, Familial Medullary
  • Thyroid Cancer, Hurthle Cell
  • Tongue Cancer
  • Trachea Cancer
  • Transitional Cell Cancer
  • Transitional Cell Carcinoma
  • Tubular Carcinoma
  • Urachal Cancer
  • Ureteral Cancer
  • Urinary Tract Cancer
  • Uterine Cancer
  • Vaginal Cancer
  • Visual Pathway and Hypothalamic Glioma
  • Vocal Cord Carcinoma
  • Vulvar Cancer

Dr. Kim's conditions and procedures:

Adjacent Tissue Transfer
Bariatric Surgery (Weight Loss Surgery)
Benign Tumor
Body Contouring (After Weight Loss Surgery)
Breast Augmentation
Breast Diseases
Breast Lift Surgery
Breast Reconstruction
Breast Reduction
Breast Surgical Procedure
Capsular Contracture of Breast Implant
Cosmetic Surgical Procedure
Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
Excision of Benign Skin Lesion
Excision of Skin Cancer
Excision of Skin Lesion
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Localized Fat Deposits
Microvascular Surgery
Moles (Benign Skin Lesions)
Nipple Reconstruction
Peripheral Nerve Surgery
Pulmonary Disease
Skin and Tissue Reduction
Skin Cancer
Skin Grafts
Wound Repair

About Me

Dr. Kim's practice philosophy is to ensure the highest possible care for his bariatric plastic surgery patients by matching technical precision with a keen artistic vision. Every patient is carefully evaluated and treated with an individualized ...


  • Plastic Surgery
  • Breast Reconstruction Surgery
  • Breast Surgery
  • Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery

Board Certifications


Texas Medical Center
Residency Hospital
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
Fellowship Hospital
Baylor Affiliated Hospitals
Residency Hospital
Baylor College of Medicine
Internship Hospital
Stanford University
Medical School
Harvard College
Undergraduate School


  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Principal Investigator for “Best Paper Presentation, Cosmetic Section” at American Society of Plastic Surgeons Breast and Body Symposium, 2016
  • Keynote University of Toronto Breast Lecturer, Toronto Breast Symposium: “Risk and Breast Reconstruction: Application of the BRAscore”, 2017
  • Finalist for James Barrett Brown Award (Best Paper) at American Association of Plastic Surgeons 96th Annual Meeting, 2016
  • 1st Place Houston Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Chief Resident; Paper Presentation, 2003
  • Principal Investigator for “Overall First Prize, Best Scientific Exhibit” at the American College of Surgeons 98th Annual Clinical Congress, 2012
  • Principal Investigator for “Outstanding Paper Presentation” at Aesthetic Scientific Paper Session of American Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Conference, 2015
  • Principal Investigator for “Best Paper Presentation” at Practice Management Session of American Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Conference, 2013
  • Best Paper Session, Plastic Surgery Research Council 60th Annual Meeting, 2014
  • Principal Investigator for “Second Place, Clinical Research” at 10th Annual Lewis Landsberg Research Day, 2014
  • Northwestern University, Department of Surgery Teaching Award, 2006

Media & Publications

  • Dorfman, R. G., Mioton, L., Stone, E., Yan, W., Qiu, C., Marla, S., & Kim, J. Y. (2017). The effect of implant type on nipple position geometry and aesthetics following tissue expander reconstruction after nipple sparing mastectomy. Aesthetic surgery journal, 1, 9.,
  • Waldman, A., Bolotin, D., Arndt, K. A., Dover, J. S., Geronemus, R. G., Chapas, A., ... & Kim, J. Y. ASDS Guidelines Task Force: Consensus Recommendations Regarding the Safety of Lasers, Dermabrasion, Chemical Peels, Energy Devices, and Skin Surgery During and After Isotretinoin Use. Dermatologic Su, 2017
  • Wilkins, E. G., Hamill, J. B., Kim, H. M., Kim, J. Y., Greco, R. J., Qi, J., & Pusic, A. L. (2016). Complications in Postmastectomy Breast Reconstruction: One-year Outcomes of the Mastectomy Reconstruction Outcomes Consortium (MROC) Study. Annals of Surgery., 2016
  • Seth, A. K., Hirsch, E. M., Kim, J. Y., & Fine, N. A. (2017). Outcomes After Elevation of Serratus Anterior Fascia During Prosthetic Breast Reconstruction. Annals of Plastic Surgery., 2017
  • Khavanin, N., Qiu, C. S., Mlodinow, A. S., Vu, M. M., Dorfman, R. G., Fine, N. A., & Kim, J. Y. (2017). External Validation of the Breast Reconstruction Risk Assessment Calculator. Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery. 2017 Jul;70(7): 876-883., 2017
  • Jain, U., Somerville, J., Saha, S., Ver Halen, J. P., Antony, A. K., Samant, S., & Kim, J. Y. (2017). Predictors of adverse events after neck dissection: An analysis of the 2006-2011 National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) Database. Ear, nose, & throat journal, 96(2), E37., 2017
  • Dorfman, R. G., Mioton, L., Stone, E., Yan, W., Qiu, C., Marla, S., & Kim, J. Y. (2017). The effect of implant type on nipple position geometry and aesthetics following tissue expander reconstruction after nipple sparing mastectomy. Aesthetic surgery journal, 1, 9., 2017
  • Mioton LM, Jordan SW, Kim JYS. A prospective analysis of dynamic loss of breast projection in tissue expander-implant reconstruction. Arch Plast Surg. 2015;42(3):309-15., 2015
  • Jordan T Blough, BS, Sumanas W Jordan, MD, Gildasio S De Oliveira, Jr., MD, Michael M Vu, BS, John YS Kim, MD; Demystifying the “July Effect” in Plastic Surgery: A Multi-Institutional Study, Aesthetic Surgery Journal, sjx099.,
  • Vu, M. M., De Oliveira Jr, G. S., Mayer, K. E., Blough, J. T., & Kim, J. Y. (2015). A prospective study assessing complication rates and patient-reported outcomes in breast reconstructions using a novel, deep dermal human acellular dermal matrix. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Global Open, 3(12), 2015

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Dr. Kim changed the outcome for me. He turned a challenging diagnosis into an improvement for my breasts! I traveled from Cincinnati to Chicago just to work with him after hearing from others about his tremendous skill. His confidence is well deserved and his kindness was much appreciated.
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Amazing experience!! Dr. Kim made me feel beautiful again. I had a revision reconstruction and I can now say that my breasts look like breast once again. I also had a tummy tuck and I love my results. Dr. Kim should be at the top of your list of Plastic surgeons....Read More
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Dr. Kim was my reconstruction surgeon following my bilateral mastectomy October 2016. Through every step of this lengthy and stressful process, he always took the time needed to explain, educate, calm and support me. I believe he is a brilliant and meticulous surgeon and I will always be grateful...Read More
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I highly recommend Dr. Kim! He is most kind yet professional. I trust him explicitly. His staff follow his lead and everyone is kind and efficient.
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Amazing breast surgeon and best experience ever!! Dr. John Kim is a phenomenal breast surgeon, great communicator and listener, and truly an artist. He was very professional, and very welcoming. His staff was excellent. His credentials are unsurpassed. His advice and guidance will ensure a result...Read More
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