Professor Dae Kim

Consultant Head and Neck and Thyroid Surgeon MBChB, BDS, MSc, FRCS (Orl-HNS), PhD

Specialism: Head and neck, Thyroid

Available at: Cavendish Square, Chelsea, Sutton

Professor Dae Kim

Special interests:

  • Thyroid cancer and surgery
  • Head & Neck cancer
  • Neck lumps
  • Hoarse voice
  • Swallow problems
  • Minimally-invasive surgery


Professor Dae Kim is an academic Thyroid and Head & Neck surgeon at the Royal Marsden Hospital. He sees patients at both in Chelsea and Sutton. He has special interest and expertise in complex thyroid cancer and thyroid surgery, but also sees patients with all head and neck problems including neck lumps, throat cancer, throat problems, hoarseness. 
Professor Kim is unusually 'dual-qualified' in both medicine (Edinburgh University) and dentistry (Birmingham University). He subsequently trained at Edinburgh and Cambridge teaching hospitals. In the latter stages, he completed an Advanced Fellowship in both head and neck surgery and endocrine (thyroid & parathyroid) surgery in North America. 
Professor Kim is a ‘surgeon-scientist’, and after comprehensive research training at Harvard University and Birmingham University (for which he was awarded a PhD and the prestigious 'Syme Medal' by the Royal College of Surgeons), he continues to undertake an active research program in thyroid cancer/surgery. This includes studies into the role of immunotherapy in aggressive thyroid cancers, circulating DNA as a novel biomarker (known as ‘liquid biopsy’), qualitative research in surgical outcomes and patient experience. He supervises several MD/PhD research fellows as part of a wider research program at the Institute of Cancer Research, working closely with Dr Kate Newbold and Professor Kevin Harrington. He has been awarded more than £2.5 Million in research funds, and furthermore, he was recently successful in being awarded a major NIHR HTA grant for a multi-centre clinical trial in thyroid cancer (Chief Investigator - HoT Trial). 

He has a clinical interest in 'scarless' robotic and minimally-invasive endoscopic thyroid surgery. After an advanced thyroid and parathyroid surgery fellowship at the Toronto General Hospital and the Mount Sinai Hospital, he further trained to perform 'keyhole' thyroid and parathyroid surgery under the pioneers of this technique (Professors David Terris (USA) and Paulo Miccoli (Italy)), and robotic ‘scarless’ thyroid surgery under Prof Chung (Korea). More recently, Professor Kim aims to develop and offer the latest 'Scarless’ Trans-oral Thyroid Surgery' at the Royal Marsden. 
Prof Kim contributes to several international textbooks in head & neck and thyroid surgery. He is an invited faculty member in several international training courses and surgical societies including the World Thyroid Congress, International Robotic Surgery Symposium and the Asia-Pacific Society Thyroid Surgery. He is currently a Council member of the Royal Society of Medicine (Laryngology & Rhinology), National Institute of Cancer Research (Thyroid group) and advises the National Institute of Clinical Excellence. 

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