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NCIRE-The Veterans Health Research Institute is the leading private nonprofit institute devoted to Veterans health research in the United States. Our mission is to advance Veterans health through research.

We support the work of some of the nation's foremost physicians and scientists at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the premier biomedical research facility in the VA system. All have faculty appointments at the University of California, San Francisco, which has its own proud traditions of research and patient care. We also partner with the U.S. Department of Defense to support health research on behalf of our men and women in the Armed Forces.

Those who have served in uniform have given their best for their country. In return, we believe that they deserve nothing less than the best health care research we can provide.

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Hubert T. Kim, MD, PhD

Staff Physician, Surgical Service and Chief of Orthopedic Surgery, SFVAHCS
Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, UCSF


Preventing Joint Injuries and Repairing Nerve Damage in Limbs

Dr. Kim was the first researcher to report an association between fractures of the knee joint and a form of programmed cell death known as apoptosis. His subsequent research has demonstrated that inhibiting enzymes critical to the process of apoptosis can decrease cartilage degeneration after joint injuries in animals. Ongoing studies will determine whether treatment with these types of enzyme inhibitors can decrease the chances of developing arthritis for patients who have sustained severe knee injuries. A second research front in Dr. Kim's lab is of critical importance to veterans: repairing nerve damage from bullet and bomb wounds, which frequently cause long-term functional damage to injured limbs when damaged nerve segments grow back improperly or not at all. Dr. Kim is conducting basic research on the use of biodegradable polymer nanofibers as a scaffold for repairing and regenerating nerve fibers in damaged tissue. This research could result in repair methods that are superior to current conventional techniques.

To see Dr. Kim on Pub Med, click here.