From a young age, Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Frank Kim had a great interest in science. Pursuing a career in medicine allowed him to follow his passion. Now practicing for almost 20 years, his love for his field can be seen in his day-to-day interactions with his patients.
At the root of his care to patients is listening. Though it may sound simple, Dr. Kim says it’s a key factor in providing effective care. “What separates a great physician from the rest is that he or she is willing and wishes to listen to the patients. Our patients often have all the information that we seek to craft the most appropriate diagnostic assessment for treatment and prevention. Better communication also serves as a platform for building a mutually trusting lifelong patient-physician relationship”.
In the end, his greatest achievement is in the health and happiness of his patients. “When I see patients living a great quality of life despite suffering a life threating illness such as heart attack or exacerbation of heart failure, I truly appreciate this opportunity and privilege in making a difference in their lives. Patients’ well-being certainly is the greatest reward as a cardiologist and a physician.”
Dr. Kim received his B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, his medical degree from the University Of Illinois College Of Medicine, and his Masters in Health Administration from Missouri State University. Dr. Kim has served as the Physician Chair of the Cardiovascular Delivery for the Mercy Health Care System and provided cardiovascular leadership for their 44 acute care and specialty hospitals. He has also held the Chair Position for the Cardiovascular Section of the Mercy Clinic, Springfield MO and has served as the Physician Chair for the American College of Cardiology, MO Chapter Patient, and physician Advocacy. He currently serves in the American College of Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology Writing Committee. He holds board certifications in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, interventional cardiology, nuclear cardiology, and vascular medicine. He is a member of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, American College of Cardiology, and American Society of Nuclear Cardiology.