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Meet Christina Kim, M.D., FAAP

Meet Christina Kim, M.D., FAAP

Meet Christina Kim, M.D., FAAP, board-certified pediatric urologist at Shriners Children's New England.
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Christina Kim, M.D., FAAP, Pediatric Urologist:

My name is Christina Kim. I'm a pediatric urologist and I work here at Shriners. When you look at the program here at Shriners in Springfield, the urology program continues to build and grow. We offer a full service of pediatric urologic care. To explain a little bit about the field of pediatric urology, it's a subspecialty of urology in general. So urology is the surgical care of genital urinary abnormalities. So basically it's taking care of things that have to do with the bladder, the kidneys, and the genital system.

We see patients who have simple urologic abnormalities, such as patients who have conditions called hypospadias, patients who have undescended testicles, patients who need circumcisions, hernia repair. We also see patients who have urinary reflux where urine is going backwards up into their kidneys, kidney obstructions. The primary non-surgical urologic conditions are things that have to do with urinary controls, such as bedwetting or daytime urinary wetting, as well as recurrent or repeated urinary tract infections.

That culture of providing care regardless of the ability to pay really changes the entire experience for the patient as well as their family. One thing I truly value as a mother myself is when people will take the time to talk to and listen to my child as the patient. So I always try and take that approach. If the child's old enough to engage in a conversation, I want to engage with them first, get an understanding of what they're thinking their appointment is about, try and get at what might be concerning them, what might be making them nervous, and how I can put them at ease.

I've had some patients where there's something very specific that I fixed, and it really improved the quality of life for that child, and I know it was very impactful in a positive way for that child. I've also had patients where I've seen them for over 10 years and taken care of them from when they were too young to talk until now when they're young adults and able to have quite elaborate conversations with me. And I can tell from both the parent as well as from the child that my presence in their life was important.

So that's something that I'm truly grateful for, that I have the opportunity to do that as my "work." I'm just really lucky. The old saying that if you love what you do, you never work a day in your life, then it really doesn't feel like work when you can have those kind of positive interactions and a positive impact on someone's life.