Meet Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Sang W. Kim of Syracuse and Ithaca
Dr. Kim grew up in Woodland Hills, a suburb of Los Angeles, California. For his undergraduate education, he attended the University of California – Berkeley. For his undergraduate studies, he decided to major in molecular neuroscience and graduated with the highest honor. Venturing outside California, he moved to the east coast to attend Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts.
As a medical student, he developed keen interest in the plastic surgery. He was fascinated by both the technical and philosophical dimension of the specialty of plastic surgery. He explored two pathways of becoming a plastic surgeon – one, by pursuing a residency program in general plastic surgery; and the other, by completing a residency program in otolaryngology – head and neck surgery followed by fellowship training dedicated to plastic surgery exclusively of the face, head, and neck. After graduating from Harvard Medical School, he decided to follow his passion in facial plastic surgery by pursuing the latter path.
For residency training, he was accepted to the Harvard Combined Program in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. As the top training program, he was exposed to wide breadth and depth of surgeries to repair both the form and function of the face, head, and neck. During his final year of residency, Dr. Kim served as the chief resident in some of the most respected hospitals in the world, including Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary / Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, and the Boston Children’s Hospital.
While the residency program offered extensive training in the functional and reconstructive aspect of facial surgery, he sought to perfect his surgical skills in the aesthetic surgeries of the face, head, and neck. To achieve this goal, he completed fellowship program accredited by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery under the tutelage of Dr. Daniel Rousso, a world-renowned facial plastic and hair transplant surgeon.
Dr. Kim decided to move to Syracuse, New York to build a unique niche of a premiere, exclusively facial plastic surgery practice and bring most up-to-date and proven surgical and non-surgical, individualized treatments for central New Yorkers. His goal is to establish a lasting reputation as a trusted and respected facial plastic surgeon in the community.
While in medical school he met his future wife, who was a student at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. They met during the first year introductory anatomy course which was shared by Harvard medical and dental schools. While Dr. Kim was completing his residency in Boston, his wife also graduated from dental school and completed Harvard Endodontic fellowship program. She now works as an endodontist in an endodontic group practice in central New York. Together they have three children and reside in Manlius.