Anthony W. Kim, MD, MS, FACS, FCCP, is professor of clinical surgery and chief of the division of thoracic surgery in the Department of Surgry at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

Dr. Kim specializes in thoracic oncology with a special focus on minimally invasive thoracic surgery, including both thoracoscopic and robotic platforms. Here’s what you won’t find on his resume:

He always wanted to explore space.

“Medicine wasn’t my first dream. When I was growing up, I thought I wanted to be an aerospace engineer or possibly an astronaut.”

The big screen catches his attention.

“When I’m not working, I’m usually watching movies or documentaries. I enjoy learning, and I love the feeling I get when I think about how other people are thinking or feeling.”

It would be hard to guess this about him.

“Most people are surprised to learn that I’m pretty introverted and shy.”

Inspiration came from his grandfather.

“My biggest role model growing up is my maternal grandfather. He was someone who I looked up to a lot. He was a radiologist who was a pioneer in his field in the era following the Korean War. He was also someone who was very generous. My sister and I always felt a palpable love when we were with him.”

He leads his life with the golden rule.

“The best piece of advice I have ever received is to follow the golden rule of life, which is to treat others as you would like to be treated.”

Connecting with others is what brought him to medicine.

“I applied to medical school because the field of medicine affords a level of human interaction and connection that is extremely special and unique. Having this privilege is very important to me.”

Dr. Kim is the chief of the division of thoracic surgery. He is a thoracic surgeon specializing in cancer treatment. Click here to view Dr. Kim’s full biography.

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