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Sun A Kim Sun A Kim
Assistant Professor of Pathology

Office Phone: 202-677-6603
Email: Email
Department: Pathology

Education

  • MD Medicine, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, 2004
  • MS, University of Ulsan, the Graduate School, 2010
  • PhD, University of Ulsan, the Graduate School, 2012

Biography

Sun A Kim, MD, MS, PhD is a gastrointestinal, pancreas and hepatobiliary pathologist. Prior to joining GW, she completed a Gastrointestinal Pathology Fellowship at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan, New York, a Surgical Pathology Fellowship at Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, and Anatomic Pathology Residency at National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, MD, where she had the honor to hold a position of chief resident. She did a Research Fellowship in the Molecular Pathological Epidemiology Laboratory at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. 
 

Clinical Expertise

Dr. Kim’s clinical practice focus is to provide pathology diagnosis of gastrointestinal tract, hepatobiliary-pancreatic diseases, and genitourinary system diseases. Dr. Kim provides expert pathology diagnostic services for the GW Department of Pathology and its consultation services (gwpathologyconsult@mfa.gwu.edu).

Research

Dr. Kim’s research is centered mainly on pathology and molecular characterization of digestive organ diseases. Dr. Kim participates in collaborative research in her areas of focus. Highlights of her research include:

1. Pathologic characterization and monitoring of pre- and post-treatment inflammatory bowel disease in association with immunotherapy.

2. Predictive molecular phenotype of colorectal cancers, particularly in relation with patient’s metabolic diseases, microbiome and modifiable lifestyle factors.

3. Predictive markers and novel pathologic findings of pancreatic neoplasm including neuroendocrine tumors and solid pseudopapillary neoplasm.

Publications

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Association of autophagy status with amount of Fusobacterium nucleatum in colorectal cancer Koichiro Haruki, Keisuke Kosumi, Tsuyoshi Hamada, Tyler S Twombly, Juha P Väyrynen, Sun A Kim, Yohei Masugi, Zhi Rong Qian, Kosuke Mima, Yoshifumi Baba, Annacarolina da Silva, Jennifer Borowsky, Kota Arima, Kenji Fujiyoshi, Mai Chan Lau, Peilong Li, Chunguang Guo, Yang Chen, Mingyang Song, Jonathan A Nowak, Reiko Nishihara, Katsuhiko Yanaga, Xuehong Zhang, Kana Wu, Susan Bullman, Wendy S Garrett, Curtis Huttenhower, Jeffrey A Meyerhardt, Marios Giannakis, Andrew T Chan, Charles S Fuchs, Shuji Ogino Association of autophagy status with amount of Fusobacterium nucleatum in colorectal cancer J Pathol, 2020 Apr;250(4):397-408. doi: 10.1002/path.5381. Epub 2020 Feb 3. PMID: 31880318

Alice Dobi, Sun A Kim, Ming Zhang, Edward Iames, Ihab Lamzabi Highly differentiated follicular carcinoma of ovary: use of imprint cytology at intraoperative consultation. Diagnostic Cytopathology, 2020 Apr;48(4):360-363. doi: 10.1002/dc.24360. Epub 2019 Dec 2. PMID: 31793246

Yan Shi, Li Liu, Tsuyoshi Hamada, Jonathan A. Nowak, Marios Giannakis, Yanan Ma, Mingyang Song, Daniel Nevo, Keisuke Kosumi, Mancang Gu, Sun A Kim, Teppei Morikawa, Kana Wu, Jing Sui, Kyriaki Papantoniou, Molin Wang, Andrew T. Chan, Charles S. Fuchs, Jeffrey A. Meyerhardt, Edward L. Giovannucci, Shuji Ogino, Eva Schernhammer, Reiko Nishihara, and Xuehong Zhang Night-shift work duration and risk of colorectal cancer according to IRS1 and IRS2 expression. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention 2019 Oct 30. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 31666286

Helen Gharwan, Chul Kim, Anish Thomas, Arlene Berman, Sun A Kim, Nadia Biassou, Seth M. Steinberg, and Arun Rajan Thymic epithelial tumors and metastasis to the brain: a case series and systematic review. Transl Lung Cancer Res. 2017 Oct;6(5):588-599. PMID: 29114474

Karin Mente, Sun A Kim, Christopher Grunseich, Marco M. Hefti, John F. Crary, Adrian Danek, Barbara I. Karp, Ruth H. Walker Hippocampal sclerosis and mesial temporal lobe epilepsy in chorea-acanthocytosis: A case with clinical, pathologic, and genetic evaluation. Neuropathol Appl Neurobiol. 2017 Oct;43(6):542-546. PMID: 28398599

Keisuke Kosumi, Yohei Masugi, Juhong Yang, Zhi Rong Qian, Sun A Kim, Wanwan Li, Yan Shi, Annacarolina da Silva, Tsuyoshi Hamada, Li Liu, Mancang Gu, Tyler S. Twombly, Yin Cao, David A. Barbie, Katsuhiko Nosho, Hideo Baba, Wendy S. Garrett, Jeffery A. Meyerhardt, Edward L. Giovannucci, Andrew T. Chan, Charles S. Fuchs, Shuji Ogino and Reiko Nishihara Tumor SQSTM1 (p62) expression and T cells in colorectal cancer. Onco Immunology. 2017 Jan 31;6(3):e1284720. eCollection 2017. PMID: 28405513

Zhi Rong Qian, Tingting Li, Monica Ter-Minassian, Juhong Yang, Jennifer A. Chan, Lauren K. Brais, Yohei Masugi, Arunthathi Thiaglingam, Nichole BS Brooks, Reiko Nishihara, Mireille Bonnemarie, Atsuhiro Masuda, Kentaro Inamura, Sun A Kim, Kosuke Mima, Yasutaka Sukawa, RouxuDou, Xihong Lin, David Christiani, Fabien Schmidlin, Charles S. Fuchs, Umar Mahmood, Shuji Ogino, Matthew H. Kulke Association between somatostatin receptor expression and clinical outcomes in neuroendocrine tumors. Pancreas. 2016 Nov;45(10):1386-1393.PMID: 27622342

Shadi A. Esfahani, Pedram Heidari, Sun A Kim, Shuji Ogino, Umar Mahmood Optical imaging of mesenchymal epithelial transition factor (MET) for enhanced detection and characterization of primary and metastatic hepatic tumors. Theranostics. 2016 Sep 9;6(12):2028-2038. eCollection 2016. PMID: 27698938

Akiko Hanyuda, Sun A Kim (co-first author), Alejandro Martinez-Fernandez , Zh iRong Qian , Mai Yamauchi, Reiko Nishihara, Teppei Morikawa, Xiaoyun Liao, Kentaro Inamura, Kosuke Mima, Yin Cao, Xuehong Zhang, Kana Wu, Andrew T. Chan, Edward L. Giovannucci, Jeffrey A. Meyerhardt , Charles S. Fuchs , Ramesh A. Shivdasani , Shuji Ogino Survival benefit of exercise differs by tumor IRS1 expression status in colorectal cancer. Annals of Surgical Oncology 2016 Mar;23(3):908-17. PMID: 26577117

Minyang Song, Reiko Nishihara, Molin Wang, Andrew T. Chan, Zhi Rong Qian, Kentaro Inamura, Xuehong Zhang, Kimmie Ng, Sun A Kim, Kosuke Mima, Yasutaka Sukawa, Katsuhiko Nosho, Charles C. Fuchs, Edward E. Giovannucci, Kana Wu, Shuji Ogino Plasma 25-hydroxyvitamin D and colorectal cancer risk according to tumour immunity status. Gut, 2016 Feb;65(2):296-304. PMID: 25591978

Sun A Kim, Kentaro Inamura, Mai Yamauchi, Reiko Nishihara, Kosuke Mima, Yasutaka Sukawa, Tingting Li, Mika Yasunari, Teppei Morikawa, Kathryn C. Fitzgerald, Charles S. Fuchs, Kana Wu, Andrew T. Chan, Xuehong Zhang, Shuji Ogino and Zhi Rong Qian Loss of CDH1 (E-cadherin) expression is associated with infiltrative tumour growth and lymph node metastasis. British Journal of Cancer, 2016 Jan 19;114(2):199-206. PMID: 26742007

Kosuke Mima, Reiko Nishihara, Jonathan Nowak, Sun A Kim, Mingyang Song, Kentaro Inamura, Yasutaka Sukawa, Atsuhiro Masuda, Juhong Yang, Ruoxu Dou, Katsuhiko Nosho, Hideo Baba, Edward L. Giovannucci, Michaela Bowden, Massimo Loda, Marios Giannakis, Adam J. Bass, Glenn Dranoff, Gordon J. Freeman, Andrew T. Chan, Charles S. Fuchs, Zhi Rong Qian MicroRNA MIR21 and T-cells in colorectal cancer. Cancer Immunology Research, 2016 Jan;4(1):33-40. PMID: 26419959

Kentaro Inamura, Mingyang Song, Seungyoun Jung, Reiko Nishihara, Mai Yamauchi, Paul Lochhead, Zhi Rong Qian, Sun A Kim, Kosuke Mima, Yasutaka Sukawa, Atsuhiro Masuda, Yu Imamura, Xuehong Zhang, Michael N. Pollak, Christos S. Mantzoros, Curtis C. Harris, Edward Giovannucci, Charles S. Fuchs, Eunyoung Cho, Andrew T. Chan, Kana Wu, Shuji Ogino Prediagnosis plasma adiponectin in relation to colorectal cancer risk according to KRAS mutation status. Journal of National Cancer Institute. 2015 Nov 23;108(4). PMID: 26598515

Paul Lochhead, Reiko Nishihara, Zhi Rong Qian, Kosuke Mima, Yin Cao, Yasutaka Sukawa, Sun A Kim, Kentaro Inamura, Xuehong Zhang, Kana Wu, Edward Giovannucci, Jeffrey A. Meyerhardt, Andrew T. Chan, Charles S. Fuchs, Shuji Ogino Post-diagnostic intake of one-carbon nutrients and alcohol in relation to colorectal cancer survival. Americal Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2015 Nov;102(5):1134-41. PMID: 26423386

Kosuke Mima, Yasutaka Sukawa, Reiko Nishihara, Zhi Rong Qian, Mai Yamauchi, Kentaro Inamura, Sun A Kim, Atsuhiro Masuda, Jonathan A. Nowak, Katsuhiko Nosho, Kostic AD, Marios Giannakis M, Watanabe H, Bullman S, Milner DA, Harris CC, Giovannucci E, Garraway LA, Freeman GJ, Dranoff G, Andrew T. Chan, Garrett WS, Huttenhower C, Charles S. Fuchs, Shuji Ogino Fusobacterium nucleatum and T-cells in colorectal carcinoma. JAMA Oncology. 2015 Aug;1(5):653-61. PMID: 26181352

Mingyang Song, Reiko Nishihara, Kana Wu, Zhi Rong Qian, Sun A Kim, Yasutaka Sukawa, Kosuke Mima, Kentaro Inamura, Atsuhiro Masuda, Juhong Yang, Charles S. Fuchs, Edward L. Giovannucci, Shuji Ogino, Andrew T. Chan Marine ?-3 Polyunsaturated fatty acids and risk of colorectal cancer according to microsatellite instability. Journal of National Cancer Institute 2015 Mar 25;107(4). PMID: 25810492

Kentaro Inamura, Mai Yamauchi, Reiko Nishihara, Sun A Kim, Kosuke Mima, Yasutaka Sukawa, Tingting Li, Mika Yasunari, Xuehong Zhang, Kana Wu, Jeffrey A. Meyerhardt, Charles S. Fuchs, Curtis C. Harris, Zhi Rong Qian, Shuji Ogino Prognostic significance and molecular features of signet-ring cell and mucinous components in colorectal carcinoma. Annals of Surgical Oncology, 2015 Apr;22(4):1226-35. PMID: 25326395

Sun A Kim, Mi-Sung Kim, Min-Sun Kim, Song Cheol Kim, Jene Choi, Eunsil Yu, Seung-Mo Hong Pleomorphic solid pseudopapillary neoplasm of the pancreas: degenerative change rather than high-grade malignant potential Human Pathology, 2014 Jan; 45(1): 166-174. PMID: 24321526

Sun A Kim, Jihye Kwak, Hae Yun Nam, Sung Min Chun, Byoung Wook Lee, Hyang Ju Lee, Shin Kwang Khang and Seong Who Kim Promoter methylation of Wnt inhibitory factor-1 and expression pattern of Wnt/?-Catenin pathway in human astrocytoma: pathologic and prognostic correlations. Modern Pathology, 2013 May;26(5):626-39. PMID: 23328978

Industry Relationships and Collaborations

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