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Terry Kim

Professor of Ophthalmology
Ophthalmology, Corneal Diseases
Box 3802 Med Ctr, Durham, NC
Wadsworth Bldg, RM102, Durham, NC


Terry Kim, MD, Professor of Ophthalmology at Duke University Eye Center, received his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine and completed his residency and chief residency in ophthalmology at Emory Eye Center. He continued with his fellowship training in Cornea, External Disease, and Refractive Surgery at Wills Eye Hospital. He was then recruited to Duke University Eye Center, where he serves as principal and co-investigator on a number of clinical trials and research grants from the National Institutes of Health and other industry sponsors. Dr. Kim was formerly the Director of the Residency Program and Ophthalmology Fellowship Programs and currently serves as Chief of the Cornea and External Disease Division, Director of the Refractive Surgery Service, and Director of the Duke Sports Vision Center.

Dr. Kim’s clinical and surgical expertise has resulted in continual annual listings by Best Doctors in America®, Best Doctors in North Carolina®, and America’s Top Ophthalmologists® since 2003 as well as featured stories on the Discovery Channel, The Wall Street Journal, and Sports Illustrated. He has also been voted by his peers as one of 300 Premier Surgeons in Ocular Surgery News, one of the 250 most prominent cataract and intraocular lens surgeons in the country in Premier Surgeon, one of the “135 Leading Ophthalmologists in America” in Becker’s ASC Review, as well as one of the “Top 50 Opinion Leaders” in Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today.

His academic accomplishments include over 400 peer-reviewed journal articles, textbook chapters, and scientific abstracts. He is also editor and author of 5 well-respected textbooks on corneal diseases, corneal transplantation, and cataract surgery. Dr. Kim has delivered over 400 invited lectures both nationally and internationally, including numerous named lectureships. He has been the recipient of the Achievement Award and the Senior Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) Film Festival Award. His clinical and research work has earned him honors and grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Fight for Sight/Research to Prevent Blindness Foundation, the Heed Ophthalmic Foundation, Alcon Laboratories, and Allergan.

Dr. Kim serves on the Executive Committee of ASCRS as President, the Annual Program Committee of the AAO, and the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Cornea Society. He also sits on the Editorial Board for several peer-reviewed journals and trade publications, including Cornea, Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Ocular Surgery News,Eyeworld,Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today, Premier Surgeon, Review of Ophthalmology, and Advanced Ocular Care. Dr. Kim serves as Consultant to the Ophthalmic Devices Panel of the FDA, Consultant Ophthalmologist for the Duke Men's Basketball Team, and Consultant to numerous ophthalmic companies.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Professor of Ophthalmology · 2010 - Present Ophthalmology, Corneal Diseases, Ophthalmology
Chief, Cornea and External Disease Service in the Department of Ophthalmology · 2015 - Present Ophthalmology, Corneal Diseases, Ophthalmology
Director, Refractive Surgery Service · 2015 - Present Ophthalmology, Corneal Diseases, Ophthalmology

Education, Training & Certifications

Duke University · 1992 M.D.