Francis Kim, MD, FACC, FACP
Kenneth Cooper Endowed Professor in Cardiology
Attending Physician, Harborview Medical Center

Faculty Information


Dr. Kim is an attending physician at Harborview Medical Center and an associate professor of medicine at UW. In addition to being an expert in general cardiology and echocardiography, he focuses on preventative cardiology and vascular biology.

Dr. Kim has been involved in two main areas of research, which are both funded by the NIH. The first involves the effects of diabetes/obesity on vascular function and second involves the use of hypothermia in cardiac arrest resuscitation. Dr. Kim's research focuses on studying endothelial nitric oxide signaling and vascular inflammation. Further, his lab is interested in examining the role of insulin resistance and obesity in the development of vascular disease. Both cellular and molecular approaches are used in cell culture and mouse models.

After earning his bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley, Dr. Kim went on to earn an M.D. from UCSF. He first came to the UW as a resident in internal medicine, followed by a fellowship in cardiology. Dr. Kim is board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular diseases and is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology. 

Education & Training: 
Fellowship in Cardiology
University of Washington
Seattle, WA
Residency in Internal Medicine
University of Washington
Seattle, WA
Internship in Internal Medicine
University of California- San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
University of California- San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
University of California- Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
Grace Marie Kaylor Award
Philip and Helen Kialkow Scholars Award
NIH Career Development Award
NIH National Research Service Award
Mailing Address: 
UW Research - South Lake Union Complex
850 Republican Street
Box 358055 
Seattle, WA 98109
Harborview Medical Center,
325 9th Ave 
Box 359748
Seattle, WA 98104-2499

Non-Clinical Administrative Support Contact:


For appointments or other clinical matters, please contact the Heart Institute.

Research & Clinical Interests
Research Interests: 
  • Endothelial dysfunction in diabetes
  • Insulin resistance
  • Use of mild hypothermia in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest
Clinical Interests: 
  • Echocardiography
  • Endothelial Cell Biology
  • General Cardiology
  • Sudden Cardiac Death