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Karen M. Kim, MD, MS

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Dell Med Bio Directory: Karen M. Kim, MD, MS


Tufts University School of Medicine, MD

Harvard University, BA, Biochemical Sciences


Residency, General Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital

Fellowship, Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of Pennsylvania

Fellowship, Aortic Surgery, University of Pennsylvania

Karen M. Kim, MD, MS, is a board-certified, adult cardiac surgeon with the Institute for Cardiovascular Health, a clinical partnership between Ascension and UT Health Austin. Dr. Kim’s clinical practice encompasses adult cardiac surgery (surgical treatment of coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, endocarditis, and arrhythmia), open and endovascular treatment of thoracic aortic disease (aortic valve repair; surgical treatment of proximal aortic, aortic arch, and descending thoracic aortic aneurysm; repair of aortic dissection; thoracic endovascular aortic repair), and multidisciplinary evaluation and transcatheter treatment of structural heart disease. She also serves as an Associate Professor of Surgery and Perioperative Care in the Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School.

Dr. Kim completed her undergraduate degree in Biochemical Sciences at Harvard University and received her medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine. She went on to complete a general surgery residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and a cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, with advanced fellowship training in open and endovascular aortic repair and transcatheter aortic valve replacement. She is board-certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

Dr. Kim obtained a Master of Science in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis at the University of Michigan to aid her in her research on clinical outcomes and quality improvement in the surgical treatment of aortic disease. She is a member of the writing committee for the 2022 ACC/AHA Guideline for the Diagnosis and Management of Aortic Disease and the EACTS/STS Guideline for Diagnosing and Treating Acute and Chronic Syndromes of the Aortic Organ. She is heavily involved in workforces and taskforces of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the largest international professional society of cardiothoracic surgeons and associated allied health professionals. Most recently, she Chairs the STS Workforce on Annual Meeting and is Chair of the Taskforce on Public Reporting. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of The Thoracic Surgery Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the STS, and the Board of Advisors of the STS Political Action Committee.

Dr. Kim is an adult cardiac surgeon with UT Health Austin.


  • Coronary artery revascularization
  • Endocarditis
  • Open and endovascular treatment of aortic aneurysm and aortic dissection
  • Surgical ablation of arrhythmia
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement
  • Valve repair or replacement

Board Certification

  • American Board of Surgery
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery


  • Institute for Cardiovascular Health - Seton Main
    Ascension Seton Medical Center - Main
    1201 W. 38th St.,
    Austin, TX 78705
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  • Institute for Cardiovascular Health - Williamson
    301 Seton Parkway, Suite 302, Round Rock, TX 78665
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