Paediatric Surgery Section Visitors

Professor Sabine Sarnacki

Paris, France

Sabine Sarnacki is Professor of Paediatric Surgery, head of the Department of Paediatric Surgery in Necker Enfants Malades Hospital, Paris, France. She has been involved in paediatric oncology for more than 20 years with a particular interest in neuroblastoma. She has also been leading the surgeon committee of the International Society of Paediatric Oncology European Neuroblastoma (SIOPEN) for 5 years. Professor Sarnacki is an expert at the National Cancer Institute for paediatric oncology surgery questions. She was Vice President of the second French National Rare Disease Plan in charge of health questions from 2011 to 2016 and is leading a national reference centre on rare colorectal diseases. She has extensive experience of research in transplantation immunology and enteric nervous system development. She was involved for 15 years in the National Master of Surgical Research and is the Scientific Director of the Parisian School of Surgery. Professor Sarnacki is currently the head of the IMAG2 laboratory
(http://www.imag2.org/) associated to the Imagine Institute (https://www.institutimagine.org/en/), dedicated to computational anatomy
in paediatric tumoral and developmental diseases. This project is associated to a robotic paediatric program initiated 3 years ago.

Associate Professor Eugene Kim

Los Angeles, USA

Dr Kim received his undergraduate degree in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard University and his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. He completed his residency in general surgery at Columbia University Medical Center, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and completed a two-year research fellowship in Tumor Biology under the mentorship of Dr Jessica Kandel and Dr Darrell Yamashiro. He also completed an ECMO fellowship under the training of Dr Charles Stolar. Dr Kim subsequently completed a fellowship in paediatric surgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Dr Kim served as an Attending Pediatric Surgeon at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas, for nine years, where he developed expertise in pediatric surgical oncology and the removal of complex tumors in children. Currently, Dr Kim is Associate Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics, Clinical Scholar, in the Divisions of Pediatric Surgery and Hematology-Oncology at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. Dr Kim also has clinical expertise in the repair of chest wall deformities, anorectal malformations, and congenital anomalies. In addition, Dr Kim is the principal investigator of a basic science research laboratory focused on novel treatments for the aggressive childhood cancer neuroblastoma. Neuroblastoma is the most common solid tumor cancer in children, and despite intensive and grueling chemotherapy and radical surgery, survival of these patients remains poor. The vast majority of these children succumb to recurrent metastatic disease and tumor spread and Dr Kim’s research laboratory is focused on trying to prevent tumor recurrence following treatment. Currently, Dr Kim’s lab is focused on the pathways responsible for metastatic disease and tumor recurrence. (In associate with the Section of Academic Surgery).