Esther Kim, MD
Dr. Kim is a cardiologist and vascular medicine specialist in the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute. She treats patients with a range of cardiovascular disorders but has a special interest in patients with uncommon arterial disorders including fibromuscular dysplasia, spontaneous coronary artery dissection, and aneurysmal disease. She has authored several research publications and book chapters on these disorders. Her interest in SCAD was born out of her background as a cardiologist whose vascular training enabled her to see patients with rare and complex arterial disorders, including fibromuscular dysplasia (FMD) and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), type IV.
Dr. Kim’s other major interest includes non-invasive vascular imaging using both physiologic testing and duplex ultrasound. She is a registered physician in Vascular Interpretation and has lectured extensively on vascular ultrasonography. She holds leadership positions in several national cardiovascular societies including the Society for Vascular Medicine, the American Society of Echocardiography, and the American Heart Association. She currently serves as an Associate Editor for Vascular Medicine, the premier peer-reviewed vascular medicine journal.
A graduate of Duke University School of Medicine, Dr. Kim also holds a Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina. She completed an Internal Medicine residency at Johns Hopkins and completed fellowships in Cardiology and Vascular Medicine at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Kim is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease, and Vascular Medicine. She is also certified in Diagnostic Medical Sonography as a Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation (RPVI).