Practitioners Corner: July Spotlight, Dr. Yoon Hang “John” Kim, M.D., MPH
I was drawn to medicine after reading my father’s medical text book in Korean which advocated combining the strengths of Eastern wisdom with Western sciences. My journey to become a healer began as a chemist researching protein chemistry and pharmacology. After deciding to pursue a more clinical path, my medical training led me through family medicine, preventive medicine, public health, acupuncture, Tai Chi, and integrative medicine.
As a residential fellow at the University of Arizona, I was fortunate to train with Dr. Andrew Weil, a world-renowned leader in the field of integrative medicine. In addition, I studied with three teachers in acupuncture which helped me to first learn acupuncture energetics followed by specialization in neuroanatomical acupuncture and oncology acupuncture. What helped me the most was an opportunity to study under a master for two years after my acupuncture training while practicing acupuncture in an academic environment.
My first job in integrative medicine was as the Dean of Integrative Medicine at AIMC Berkeley, where we created a CEU program taught by many Chinese medicine practitioners. This experience gave me further exposure of utilizing Chinese medicine to the fullest.
My journey in integrative medicine resulted in first founding my own practice, Georgia Integrative Medicine, as well as serving as the medical director for integrative medicine at the Miami Cancer Institute and the University of Kansas Health System. My passion continues to be in assisting chronic pain patients, cancer patients, and lifestyle medicine patients by combining Western medicine effectively with Integrative medicine and Chinese medicine.
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