Joanne Kwak-Kim, MD, MPH
Director, Reproductive Medicine Center
Undergraduate: College of Liberal Art, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea
Medical School: College of Medicine, Yonsei University (MD)
Graduate: Medical College of Wisconsin (MPH)
Residency Training: Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Yonsei University
Board Certifications: Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology by Korean Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Specializations: Reproductive Immunology
Faculty Appointments: Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Hospital Privileges: Vista Health System, Waukegan, IL, and Mount Sinai Hospital, Chicago
Professional Organizations: American Society for Reproductive Immunology, American Society for Reproductive Medicine, and the Society for Gynecological Investigation
Dr. Kwak-Kim is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Microbiology and Immunology, Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, and the Director of Reproductive Medicine Center at Rosalind Franklin University Health System. She also serves as an Assistant Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. She was the former Medical Director of the Clinics at Rosalind Franklin University.
She has been a dedicated member of the American Society of Reproductive Immunology since 1994. Her keen interest lies in Reproductive Immunology; particularly, recurrent pregnancy loss, which has been the focus of her research. Her work in natural killer cell and Th1/Th2 immune responses in women with recurrent pregnancy losses and multiple implantation failure is distinguished. The research work that she has done, which applies basic science techniques to clinical problems is cutting edge. She has over 100 publications in peer reviewed articles and text books. She has mentored and continues to mentor medical students, residents, and fellows. Dr. Kwak-Kim has lectured numerous times both nationally and internationally. She is an associate editor, American Journal of Reproductive Immunology and an editorial board member of many journals.
Dr. Kwak-Kim has received numerous awards including the prestigious J. Christian Herr Award for outstanding achievement in basic or applied research in reproductive immunology by the American Society for Reproductive Immunology (ASRI). She successfully organized and chaired both the 21st and the 22nd annual meetings of the American Society for Reproductive Immunology. In 2009 she won the distinguished service award from American Society for Reproductive Immunology. Dr. Kwak-Kim has served as the president of the ASRI from 2006-2008. She has been the past president of the American Society for Reproductive Immunology from 2008-2010. In 2011 Dr. Kwak-Kim received the Lawrence R. Medoff Award from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science for outstanding contribution to Research, Teaching and Clinical Care. Currently, she is serving as Secretary-General of the International Society of Immunology for Reproduction (ISIR).
Clinically, she has been working as the Director for Reproductive Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University Health System. The program has an emphasis on treating infertility with implantation failures and recurrent spontaneous abortion of immune etiology. The center is well-known both nationally and internationally and serves for patients from all over the United States and other countries.
Dr. Kwak-Kim (center) with staff members Khershuana and Deljuanna.