Diana T. Kim, MDR
I speak: English
My gender: Female
Where I practice
I was born in Seoul, Korea to parents who dreamt of a life full of opportunity. They came to America as foreign students and fell in love with Hawaii. When I was six, we emigrated here and made it our home. I attended Punahou School and feel so fortunate to have grown up in a warm and caring community. I earned my Bachelor of Arts at Yale University, a Master of Science from the University of Hawaii, and my medical degree from the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine. After graduating, I did a transitional year internship at Legacy Health in Oregon and a residency at Oregon Health and Science University in anesthesiology. My parents are my true heroes. They both sacrificed so much to help me pursue my dreams, and I’m forever grateful to them.
About my practice
My mother had hoped to become a physician herself, but life had other plans for her. Watching her pore over her medical text books as I was growing up, made a big impression on me, and I ended up following the path she would have taken. Medicine’s a wonderful way to make a positive difference in the world. The field of internal medicine allows me to develop lasting relationships with my patients and to contribute to their well-being through prevention, education, and a holistic approach to treatment.
I co-authored a study on video laryngoscopy in an obstetric unit that was published in the journal Anesthesia and Analgesia and was cited online on the PubMed website as well.
I stay up-to-date on the latest developments in medicine by taking advantage of technology. I also receive noteworthy publications and practice updates by email, read medical journals, attend professional conferences, participate in continuing medical education programs, and consult my colleagues.
Kaiser Permanente’s spirit of excellence, innovation, and concern for its patients, along with the amazing people who work here, were what sold me on becoming part of the Kaiser Permanent Hawaii Internal Medicine Residency Program. It’s a pleasure and a privilege to come to work every day.
It’s my view that the physician and patient should be partners working toward a common goal of wellness. Patients deserve to be heard and understood as individuals with rich and complex lives.
How I thrive
Eating a wholesome diet, getting good sleep, unplugging from technology, spending time with family and friends, working out, and being out in Hawaii’s natural beauty all help me to feel my best. In my spare time I also play the piano and practice meditation, yoga, and kickboxing. I enjoy cooking, watching kung fu movies, playing video games, and trying new things. I especially love playing with my son and experiencing the world through his eyes.