Kisoo Kim, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar


Dr. Kim is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at UCSF. His research interests fall in the field of MR-guided focused ultrasound, quantitative MRI, transcranial focused ultrasound, and thermal treatments such as thermal ablation and hyperthermia.

Dr. Kim's research falls under two themes: 1) advancing MRI methods relevant to MR-guided focused ultrasound through the development of MRI methods, imaging processing, and optimizing the reconstruction pipeline. 2) developing sophisticated sonication strategies for drug delivery and volumetric thermal therapy, and effectively applying these methods to the existing or new focused ultrasound system.

Through a multidisciplinary approach, he continues to push the frontiers of MR-guided focused ultrasound, advancing the method for improved patient outcomes.


Ph.D, 2019 - Biotechnology, ICube, CNRS, University of Strasbourg
MSc, 2016 - Biomedical Engineering, Kyung Hee University
BS, 2014 - Biomedical Engineering, Kyung Hee University

Honors and Awards

Best Poster Award, 17th Annual imaging Research Symposium, UCSF, 2020
Young Investigator Award, 7th International symposium on Focused Ultrasound, FUS Foundation, 2020
Magna Cum Laude Merit Award, ISMRM 27th Annual Meeting, Montréal, Canada, 2019


Düx DM, Baal JD, Bitton R, Chen J, Brunsing RL, Sheth VR, Rosenberg J, Kim K, Ozhinsky E, Avedian R, Ganjoo K, Bucknor M, Dobrotwir A, Ghanouni P. MR-guided focused ultrasound therapy of extra-abdominal desmoid tumors: a multicenter retrospective study of 105 patients. Eur Radiol. 2023 Aug 24.
Kim K, Diederich C, Narsinh K, Ozhinsky E. Motion-robust, multi-slice, real-time MR thermometry for MR-guided thermal therapy in abdominal organs. Int J Hyperthermia. 2023; 40(1):2151649.
Kim K, Jones P, Diederich C, Ozhinsky E. Technical note: Low-cost MR-compatible pneumatic respiratory organ motion simulator for the development of MR-guided thermal therapy. Med Phys. 2022 Jul; 49(7):4365-4371.
Kim K, Zubair M, Adams M, Diederich CJ, Ozhinsky E. Sonication strategies toward volumetric ultrasound hyperthermia treatment using the ExAblate body MRgFUS system. Int J Hyperthermia. 2021; 38(1):1590-1600.
Kim K, Breton E, Gangi A, Vappou J. Simultaneous fat-referenced proton resonance frequency shift thermometry and MR elastography for the monitoring of thermal ablations. Magn Reson Med. 2020 07; 84(1):339-347.
Daniel Hernandez, Ki Soo Kim, Eric Michel, Soo Yeol Lee. Correction of B0 Drift Effects in Magnetic Resonance Thermometry using Magnetic Field Monitoring Technique. Concept Magn Reson B. 2016; 46(2):81-89.
Kim KS, Lee SY. Nanoparticle-mediated radiofrequency capacitive hyperthermia: A phantom study with magnetic resonance thermometry. Int J Hyperthermia. 2015; 31(8):831-9.
Kim KS, Hernandez D, Lee SY. Time-multiplexed two-channel capacitive radiofrequency hyperthermia with nanoparticle mediation. Biomed Eng Online. 2015 Oct 24; 14:95.
Kim KS, Cho MH, Lee SY. Feasibility Study on Magnetic Nanoparticle Hyperthermia in Low Field MRI. Journal of Biomedical Engineering Research. 2014; 35(4).