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“Frailty-Guided Clinical Management: Emerging Evidence and Its Potential for Personalized Care for Older Adults”



Dae Hyun Kim, M.D., M.P.H., Sc.D
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Gerontology
Harvard Medical School


About Dae Hyun Kim:

Dr. Kim earned his medical degree at Yonsei University in Korea. He also holds a master's in public health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Maryland, and a science doctorate in epidemiology from Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health in Massachusetts. He completed internal medicine residency training at Thomas Jefferson University in Pennsylvania followed by additional training in geriatric medicine from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Massachusetts.


Dr. Kim founded the Frailty Research Program at the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research. His research aims to enable clinicians and health care systems to deliver clinical care and population health management tailored to a person’s frailty level.


A Beeson scholar, Dr. Kim developed a claims-based frailty index algorithm, which allows estimation of the frailty level from administrative claims data such as Medicare data. This algorithm is widely used by epidemiologists and health services researchers who want to measure frailty on a population scale. Dr. Kim's current research uses this algorithm to evaluate the benefits and harms of drug therapies, surgical procedures, and care models by different levels of frailty.


To translate frailty into clinical practice, Dr. Kim developed the Senior Health Calculator, an online frailty index calculator, which has been incorporated into the electronic medical records at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. As a result, frailty assessment is increasingly used for clinical decision-making and conversations about prognosis with patients and their family.  


As a geriatrician, Dr. Kim provides preoperative comprehensive geriatric assessment in medically complex patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement in the Senior Health Practice at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He has mentored nearly 30 people, including recipients of the National Institutes of Health career development awards. He teaches students and trainees at Harvard Medical School, Harvard Geriatrics Medicine Fellowship, and Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. He lectures on preoperative frailty assessment in the Harvard Annual Review of Geriatric Medicine course.


Dr. Kim is an associate editor of the Journal of Gerontology Medical Sciences and serves on the American Geriatrics Society Research Methods subcommittee and the editorial board of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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