Howard S. Kim, MD MS

Assistant Professor Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine


Howard S. Kim, MD MS is an emergency medicine physician and health services researcher at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at Denver Health Medical Center in 2015 and received formal training in health services and outcomes research and patient-reported outcomes measurement. Dr. Kim’s research agenda is dedicated to improving the safety and effectiveness of acute pain management and reducing harms associated with opioid use disorder. Dr. Kim has been continuously funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) for the last six years, including early career research training through AHRQ T32 and K12 awards. Currently, he is the PI of an AHRQ R01 award evaluating ED physical therapy for acute low back pain (R01HS027426), the Site PI for a multisite NIDA clinical trial evaluating ED-initiated buprenorphine for opioid withdrawal (UG1DA015831, PI: D’Onofrio), the Site PI for an early phase pain investigation clinical network (U24NS115679, PI: Aufderheide). Over the last few years, Dr. Kim has published extensively on the topics of opioid prescribing, marijuana legalization, ED physical therapy, and opioid harm reduction in journals such as Academic Emergency Medicine, Annals of Emergency Medicine, the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA Network Open, and Physical Therapy.