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Dr. Alfred Kim

Rheumatology
Saint Louis, MO
16 years experience male

Locations

Washington University School of Medicine/Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Saint Louis, MO

Address

4921 Parkview Place, Suite 5C, Saint Louis, MO
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My office hours

Wednesday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
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About

Bio

I focus on the care of patients with moderate to severe lupus at Washington University School of Medicine/Barnes-Jewish Hospital. I also perform basic scientific research on how the immune system induces kidney injury using mouse models, and help perform clinical trials on novel therapies in lupus.

Specialties
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Rheumatology

Internal Medicine

Doctor Q&A

114 Answers
95 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alfred Kim
Rheumatology 16 years experience
Depends on symptoms: ANA is a screen for lupus. The pattern was used in the past to assist in diagnosing lupus and related conditions, but we have better tests (i.e. Ena panel) that has made patterns less useful. But you cannot over interpret this test: ANA positivity, regardless of pattern, is not helpful without knowing your symptoms. Everything boils down to symptoms;; rheum md would be very helpful.
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alfred Kim
Rheumatology 16 years experience
Again, symptoms key: Here, positive labs tests are not clinically important without symptoms. Your ESR would be consistent with age; i would ignore that along with the ANA if there are no symptoms consistent with lupus. See your md.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alfred Kim
Rheumatology 16 years experience
Dermal skin injury: Discoid lupus (think singer seal) is seen by itself or with systemic lupus erythematosus (sle). Abut 25% of sle pts have discoid symptoms. If discoid lupus is by itself, 5-10% of them will go on to have sle, but the disease is relatively mild. Discoid lesions are areas of inflammation that go through the dermal layer of skin, causing scarring (like stretch marks). Sometimes mistaken for psoriasis.

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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Kim is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Kim is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you for this information, but if you're not in the US then what other medicine can I take? I've had r.arthritis for 23 years now
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I never knew about this new medicine, thanks!
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Drexel University College of Medicine, PA
Graduated 2005MD

Residency

BARNES JEWISH HOSPITAL
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