Joanne Y.H. Kwak-Kim

Dr. Kwak-Kim is a former President of American Society for Reproductive Immunology (2006-2008).  Currently, Dr. Kwak-Kim is a Director, Reproductive Medicine Program, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Microbiology and Immunology of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. She also serves as the Assistant Chair, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science/The Chicago Medical School. She was the former Medical Director of the Clinics at Rosalind Franklin University.

She has been a dedicated member of the International Society for Immunology of Reproduction and American Society of Reproductive Medicine.  Her keen interest lies in Reproductive Immunology; particularly, recurrent pregnancy loss, which has been the focus of her research.  Her work in natural killer cell and Th1/Th2 immune responses in women with recurrent pregnancy losses and multiple implantation failure is well known.  The research work that she has done, which applies basic science techniques to clinical problems is cutting edge.  She has over 70 publications in peer reviewed articles and text books.  She has mentored and continues to mentor medical students, residents, and fellows.  Dr. Kwak-Kim has lectured numerous times both nationally and internationally.  She is an associate editor of American Journal of Reproductive Immunology (Since 2010) and an editorial board member of many journals.

Dr. Kwak-Kim has received numerous awards including the prestigious J. Christian Herr Award (2002) for outstanding achievement in basic or applied research in reproductive immunology by the American Society for Reproductive Immunology.  She successfully organized and chaired both the 21st (2001) and the 22nd (2002) annual meetings of the American Society for Reproductive Immunology.  Last year, she won the distinguished service award from American Society for Reproductive Immunology (2009).

Clinically, she is very strong in her field of reproductive immunology.  She has been working in Reproductive Medicine at the Clinics at Rosalind Franklin University since 1987 with the emphasis on treating infertility with implantation failures and recurrent spontaneous abortion of immune etiology.   The center is well known both nationally and internationally and serves referred patients from all over the United States and world.