In a different life, Dennis W. Kim, M.D., Ph.D., FSCAI, might have been a novelist. “If I weren’t a cardiologist and had the talent to do anything I wanted, I’d be a writer,” says Dr. Kim.
Being associate editor-in-chief of SecondsCount.org is the next best thing. “That’s one of the things that attracted me to the editorial role,” he says.
Dr. Kim has plenty to keep him from taking the plunge and tapping out the words “Chapter One” of the Great American Novel. In addition to helping to oversee the content and functioning of SecondsCount, he’s a full-time pediatric interventional cardiologist at Sibley Heart Center Cardiology/Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and an assistant professor at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta.
Focus on Kids
During medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Dr. Kim -- a Texas native -- planned on becoming a pediatrician. Then he fell in love with surgery during a surgery rotation. Pediatric cardiology gave him a chance to pursue both interests.
Dr. Kim joined Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta/Emory University in 2003, where he specializes in transcatheter interventional procedures for both children and adults. Most days, he’s in the catheterization lab doing procedures. Once a week, he works at a clinic in North Atlanta, seeing kids for cardiology evaluations in an outpatient setting.
The focus on children doesn’t stop when he goes home. His wife is a general pediatrician who is focusing her medical work on pediatric charity care. And they have five daughters, ranging in age from 3 to 15.
In between all those roles, Dr. Kim thinks about ways to make SecondsCount even more useful to his patients. Designed to provide information for people with cardiac disease from birth until old age, the site has a whole new revised section on congenital heart disease.
When patients and their families come to his cath lab, he points them to the site as a resource for helpful information. Now he’s even enlisting their help in improving SecondsCount. “They’re going to help us review the content on congenital heart disease,” he says. “When they come into the cath lab, they’re almost like a focus group and I think they can help us make Seconds Count even better.”