Dr. Henry Kim specializes in pain management for Memorial Hospital. Henry first became interested in medicine while studying biochemistry in college. He knows that pain is a complicated thing, as there are a number of factors involved such as psychiatric issues, psychological and even lifestyle issues. He understands that when he sees a patient, he must see the whole person and not just their pain. He enjoys meeting new people and working with patients on a one-on-one level.
What inspired you to choose medicine as a career?
I was a biochemistry major in college and I really liked science. I did research and that's what got me interested in medicine because there is a lot of science in medicine. And, I had some family members become sick with cancer, so I wanted to know something about medicine.
Do you have a philosophy or approach to working with patients?
I think they are looking for somebody who cares, listens carefully and then makes a correct diagnosis. To treat pain properly, the first thing you need to know is where the pain is coming from and then try to treat the underlying cause instead of just masking it.
Why did you choose to work at Memorial?
Memorial has very high job satisfaction among its employees and is regarded very highly among those who work here.
What do you like about Yakima?
One of the reasons I came to Yakima is because I love backpacking, the mountains and the outdoors. I like this area because you're surrounded by nature and you can get to the mountain within an hour.
Tell me a little known fact about you or talk about what you like to do outside of work.
Photography was one of the things that I used to enjoy back in the days of the film. I go running three times a week if I can. And now with kids, all I do is just run after them.