David H. Kim

David H. Kim, DO




  • Vascular Surgery


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Medical School

University of Medicine & Dentistry of NJ


University of Medicine & Dentistry of NJ


University of Medicine & Dentistry of NJ


University of Medicine & Dentistry of NJ


My medical school was the University of Medicine and Dentistry School of Osteopathic Medicine in New Jersey, where I also did my general surgery internship, residency and fellowship.

I like the delicacy of vascular surgery and how precise it is. I started as a genetic engineering major in college, but I didn’t like doing research. I had worked as a phlebotomist in college and then as a lab tech after I graduated from college. I decided that medical school fit my interests and I enrolled.

At first, I thought I wanted to practice family or internal medicine, but when I started my rotations, I realized that I loved working with my hands and maintaining the control required for vascular surgery. I like that good feeling I get after a surgery goes well. Prior to the surgery, patients are often in pain or feeling badly, and we get to put everything back together for them.

When my wife and I were first married, we lived in separate cities. She works in higher education, so we wanted to find a place to live where we both could have professional careers. Sandusky was a perfect location for us because she could work in Toledo and I could work here. Firelands has a lot of great things about it. Nursing care is superb here. The nurses provide the extra support we, as physicians, and our patients need. I suppose it would be nice for physicians to take all the credit for the work we do, but we can’t.

Firelands allows us to focus on the patient. At big tertiary hospitals, with lots of medical students, interns and residents, the patient can get lost. In those hospitals, the attending physician often only spends a few minutes with a patient. Here at Firelands, we get to see every one of our patients and we can take the time we need with them. We round on our patients every day and we care about them, personally.

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