Joseph J. Kim, MD is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Kim also serves as the Chief of the Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine at Stanford University and as the Associate Chief Medical Officer of Stanford Children’s Health. Dr. Kim’s career has focused on medical leadership and program building in pediatric hospital medicine. He has been active locally and nationally promoting patient experience, with particular emphasis on family centered care in pediatric inpatient settings. He has participated in numerous local and national care improvement programs including efforts around bronchiolitis, inpatient asthma management, pediatric sedation, medical co-management of surgical patients and patient care progression in inpatient settings. In his hospital administrative roles he has championed safety rounding, family centered rounding, scheduled based care of inpatients, discharge planning and value based performance improvement. Dr. Kim has mentored dozens of trainees and junior faculty in healthcare leadership and program administration.

Dr. Kim received his BA in Sociology from the University of Virginia and his MD from SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. He completed his residency in pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco. Clinically, Dr. Kim practices as a Pediatric Hospitalist at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and at California Pacific Medical Center.

Clinical Focus

  • Pediatric Hospital Medicine
  • International Medicine

Academic Appointments

  • Clinical Associate Professor, Pediatrics

Administrative Appointments

  • Associate Chief Medical Officer, Stanford Children's Health (2019 - Present)
  • Chief, Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine, Stanford University (2016 - Present)
  • Associate Vice President of Medical Affairs, Stanford Children's Health (2014 - 2019)
  • Interim Chief, Division of Pediatric Hospital Medicine, Stanford University (2014 - 2016)
  • Medical Director, Hospital Medicine, Stanford University (2007 - 2014)

Professional Education

  • Board Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatrics (2021)
  • Residency: University of California San Francisco (2003) CA
  • Internship: UC Davis Medical Center (2001) CA
  • Medical Education: SUNY Upstate Medical University (2000) NY

2023-24 Courses

All Publications

  • Improving Communication with Primary Care Physicians at the Time of Hospital Discharge. Joint Commission journal on quality and patient safety Destino, L. A., Dixit, A., Pantaleoni, J. L., Wood, M. S., Pageler, N. M., Kim, J., Platchek, T. S. 2017; 43 (2): 80-88


    Communication with primary care physicians (PCPs) at the time of a patient's hospital discharge is important to safely transition care to home. The goal of this quality improvement initiative was to increase discharge communication to PCPs at an academic children's hospital.A multidisciplinary team at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford used Lean A3 problem solving methodology to address the problem of inadequate discharge communication with PCPs. Emphasis was placed on frontline provider (resident physicians) involvement in the improvement process, creating standards, and error proofing. Root cause analysis identified several key drivers of the problem, and successive countermeasures were implemented beginning in August 2013 aimed at achieving the target of 80% attempted verbal communication within seven days before or after (usually 24-48 hours) on the pediatric medical services. Run charts were generated tracking the outcome of PCP communication.On the pediatric medical services, the goal of 80% communication was met and sustained during a seven-month period starting October 2013, a statistically significant improvement. In the eight months prior to October 2013, hospitalwide PCP communication prior to discharge averaged 59.1% (n = 5,397) and improved to 76.7% (n = 4,870) in the seven months after (p <0.001). Fifteen of 19 specialty services had a significant increase in discharge communication after October 2013.Lean improvement methodology (including structured problem solving using A3 thinking), intensive frontline provider involvement, and process-oriented electronic health record work flow redesign led to increased verbal PCP communication at around the time of a patient's discharge.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.jcjq.2016.11.005

    View details for PubMedID 28334566