Faculty Information

Young Kwang Kim, DMD, DMSc

Clinical Assistant Professor
Prosthodontics
Editor & co-leader, NYU Implant restorative manual 
Editor & co-leader, NYU Robotics surgical curriculum
Course director, Fixed Prosthodontics II (for VA Manhattan & NYU Prosth PGY 3 residents)

345 E 24th St, 6th floor Prosth Office,
New York, NY 10010
Phone: 212-998-9442
Email: ykk2@nyu.edu

Education

  • DMSc, Doctor of Medical Sciences - Tissue Engineering & Biomaterials (MIT & Harvard Medical School), Harvard University, USA, 2019
  • Certificate, Prosthodontics, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, USA, 2018
  • DMD, Doctor of Dental Medicine, Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, USA, 2015
  • BSc, Bachelor of Science – Integrated Science in Pharmacology & Pathology, University of British Columbia, Canada, 2011

Honors / Credentials

  • 2007 - Canadian BC Premier’s Excellence Award
  • 2007 - Canadian BC Government Scholarship
  • 2007 - BC Royal Institute Entrance Scholarship
  • 2009 - Scholarship for Academic Excellence, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • 2009 - Dean’s Honor Distinction, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • 2015 - 1st Rank, Boston University School of Dental Medicine
  • 2017 - Presidential Scholarship, Harvard School of Dental Medicine
  • 2020 - Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics
  • 2020 - Fellow, American College of Prosthodontists
  • 2021 - Rising Faculty Award, NYU Academy of Distinguished Educators
  • 2023 - '6 under 10' Emerging Leaders Prize, Academy of Osseointegration

Research Interests / Professional Overview

Dr. Young K. Kim is recognized as an academician, clinician, and innovator. As a Diplomate in the American Board of Prosthodontics and a Fellow in the American College of Prosthodontists, Dr. Kim has concurrently held the position of Clinical Assistant Professor at New York University College of Dentistry, Department of Prosthodontics, while actively maintaining a private practice in Manhattan. His primary clinical focus involves the treatment of complex cases related to both tooth-supported and implant-supported full-mouth rehabilitation.

Dr. Kim, a graduate with a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) from Boston University School of Dental Medicine, achieved the distinguished position of first rank in his final year (GPA 3.99). Subsequently, he pursued further academic endeavors, earning a Doctor of Medical Sciences (DMSc) and a Certificate in Prosthodontics from Harvard School of Dental Medicine, where he was recognized as a President's scholar. His groundbreaking work in tissue engineering at MIT/Harvard Medical School, specifically the development of an inaugural injectable bone graft material, gelatin-hyaluronan-calcium phosphate (GH-CP), through a needle orifice for flapless guided bone regeneration, earned him the first-place award at the regional American College of Prosthodontists annual session in 2019. Dr. Kim also participated in an inaugural institutional research project with Tetranite® - a new bone-adhesive and bioactive calcium phosphate cement, referred to as 'bone glue.' This project involved an NIH proposal and pilot rabbit studies and is currently being pursued for NASA's research in the international space station and SpaceX, as well as FDA approval for a clinical trial in implant dentistry with RevBio in Boston, MA.

In addition to his academic commitments, Dr. Kim has been involved in the field of surgical navigation and robotics for minimally invasive surgery. He participated as a co-founder and Chief Science Officer (CSO) for Zeta Surgical in Boston, MA, a venture that emerged from the Harvard Innovation Lab, developing the next-generation surgical navigation and robotics using mixed reality technology. Currently, Zeta Surgical has secured $5.4M in funding and obtained FDA approval for its innovative neurosurgical device.

With numerous publications and patent applications to his credit, Dr. Kim actively participates as a reviewer for several journals such as "Dentistry Review (Elsevier)," "BMC Oral Health," "Scientific Reports (Nature Portfolio)," and "Journal of Prosthodontics."

In his editorial capacity, he co-led and edited the NYU implant project in 2020/21, resulting in the publication of the new NYU implant restorative manual, which has been disseminated to 12 countries, 13 states, and 27 institutions. Presently, he serves as a co-leader/editor of the YOMI robotic surgical project at NYUCD, pioneering the establishment of the first predoctoral robotic implant surgical curriculum in the United States.

Recognizing his exceptional contributions, Dr. Kim was honored as the inaugural recipient of the "Rising Faculty Award" by the NYU Academy of Distinguished Educators in September 2021. In 2022, he was nominated as an associate member of the prestigious dental society, the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry. Further underscoring his accomplishments, Dr. Kim received the '6 under 10' Emerging Leaders Prize from the Academy of Osseointegration in 2023.

Currently, Dr. Kim serves as a guest editor for Dentistry Review (Elsevier), overseeing a special edition issue on "Surgical Prosthodontics – What, When, and How." As an originator of the innovative geometric concept in implant dentistry - “prosthesis-implant arch area ratio (PIAAR)” - his current research project, titled "auto-distribution of implant fixtures (ADIF) for computer-guided implant surgery software," involves the development of a plug-in module platform using advanced artificial intelligence (AI)-based tools, collaborating with NYU's AI for Scientific Research (AIfSR) and Tandon School of Engineering. His multifaceted academic, clinical, and innovative expertise converge within the field of surgical and reconstructive Prosthodontics.

Representative Publications

  • Suda K, Tsuruta M, Eom J, Or C, Mui T, Jaw JE, Li Y, Bai N, Kim J, Man J, Ngan D, Lee J, Hansen S, Lee SW, Tam S, Man SP, Van Eeden S, Sin DD. Acute lung injury induces cardiovascular dysfunction: effects of IL-6 and budesonide/formoterol. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol 45:510, 2011.
  • Lee HJ, Lee J, Lee JT, Hong JS, Lim BS, Park HJ, Kim YK, Kim TI. Microgrooves on titanium surface affect peri-implant cell adhesion and soft tissue sealing; an in vitro and in vivo study. J Periodontal Implant Sci 45:120, 2015.
  • Kim YK & Spector M (2019). Injectable bioactive gelatin-hyaluronan-calcium phosphate (GH-CP) and its osteogenic potential for flapless guided bone regeneration (GBR). (DMedSc doctoral thesis dissertation). Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Boston, USA, 2019
  • Schoenbaum TR, Guichet DL, Jang JY, Kim YK, Wadhwani CPK. Clinician preferences for implant supported, full arch, fixed prostheses: a survey of the of the membership of the Pacific Coast Society for Prosthodontics. Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, 2020 
  • Schoenbaum TR, Kim YK, Khalifa F, Emergence contours for single-unit implant provisionals in the esthetic zone, Compendium, 42:7, 2021
  • Kim YK & Turkyilmaz I. NYU Predoctoral Implant Manual – Restorative. New York University College of Dentistry, 2021
  • Kim YK & Talib H. NYU Implants – Robotics Protocol (Surgical). New York University College of Dentistry, 2021/22
  • Kim YK. Prosthesis-implant arch area ratio (PIAAR) – a new geometric paradigm, replacing the current ‘A-P Spread’ of a cantilever in full-arch implant prosthesis: a proof-of-concept experiment. Journal of Prosthodontics, 2022;1-7. https://doi.org/10.1111/jopr.13523
  • Schoenbaum TR, Papaspyridakos P, Kim YK, Arce C, Knoernschild KL. Clinician preferences for single unit implant restoration designs and materials: a survey of the of the membership of the Pacific Coast Society for Prosthodontics, Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, 2023, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.prosdent.2023.02.010
  • Giugliano TS, Kim YK, Bowley JF. Rotational torque-values in crown restorations with variations of occlusal cusp angulation in theoretical premolar- and molar-tooth forms, Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, accepted, 2023.

Patent Applications

  • System and method for auto-distribution of implant fixtures (ADIF) for computer-guided implant surgery, Solo inventor, 121587, Issued Sep 27, 2023
  • System and method for determining a prosthesis-implant arch area ratio (PIAAR) and a prosthesis incorporating the same, Solo inventor, 63362634, Issued Apr 7, 2022
  • AirAid, Solo inventor, 63115334, Issued Nov 18, 2020