Jenny Kim, M.D., Ph.D. is a Professor of Dermatology, Medicine, and Nutrition at the David Geffen School of Medicine. She is the Director of Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology Fellowship and the Cosmetic Dermatology at the Division of Dermatology at UCLA. Dr. Kim received her M.D. and Ph.D. in Immunology from UCLA and completed her Dermatology residency and Mohs Micrographic Surgery, lasers and cosmetic dermatology fellowship there. She has been a UCLA faculty since 2000 and provides care for patients with skin cancers, aging and other appearance related conditions.
Dr. Kim is a physician-scientist and her lab focuses on the investigation of skin as an immune organ, studying both the innate and adaptive immune responses in dermatologic diseases, including acne, superficial skin infections, skin cancers and aging. She is also engaged in translational research, taking bench findings to pre-clinical to develop novel therapeutics that could be used for treatment of human skin diseases. Dr. Kim’s has numerous publications and has received various awards for her research. Dr. Kim is nationally and internationally recognized and lectures extensively in the U.S. and abroad. Her focus is to bring basic bench research to clinical practice. In addition, she focuses on advancing science through multidisciplinary efforts. For her work, she received the prestigious UCLA Dean’s Recognition award.
In addition to her academic endeavors, Dr. Kim is passionate about her philanthropic and community engagement work, having co-founded Camp Wonder in 2001, a camp that serves children with severe skin disorders which has served over 2,000 children and young adults. She is an advocate for children, women and under representative students. She mentors young women, students, and trainees of underrepresented backgrounds in medicine and science to become leaders. She has been on the board of the Women’s Dermatologic Society and is an active member of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Task force and Committee at UCLA School of Medicine since 2012 and is a founding member of the UCLA Dermatology EDI committee. She has championed efforts to create a more inclusive and diverse community at UCLA. Dr. Kim was honored as one of 100 women of achievement at UCLA Health and named a trailblazer making a difference in 2020. She is also devoted to her family, including her two young daughters.