Edward S. Kim, M.D., M.B.A., physician-in-chief, City of Hope Orange County and vice physician-in-chief, City of Hope, has been named a 2023 Modern Healthcare Top Diversity Leader. The prestigious honor recognizes diverse health care executives and organizations influencing policy and care delivery across the country.
Kim, who also serves as the Construction Industries Alliance City of Hope Orange County Physician-in-Chief Chair, was recognized for his trailblazing work in making clinical trial studies more inclusive and recruiting diverse faculty at City of Hope Orange County Lennar Foundation Cancer Center. This is the second time Kim — a renowned lung cancer expert and physician-executive — has earned this recognition.
“Thank you to Modern Healthcare for this honor and for recognizing the importance of ensuring that all members of our community — regardless of their ethnicity, race, gender, income or zip code — have equitable access to lifesaving cancer research and treatment,” Kim said. “Nineteen out of 20 patients with cancer cannot enroll in clinical trials because of rigid and antiquated eligibility criteria. We have been working hard to change that and are continuing this important work.”
Under Kim’s leadership, City of Hope established a first-of-its-kind, national integrative oncology program that brings together the best of Eastern and Western medicine to improve outcomes and quality of life for cancer patients and their families.
City of Hope Orange County is a Diamond Leaders Circle Partner of the Greater Irvine Chamber.