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Joanne  Kwak-Kim

Joanne Kwak-Kim, MD, MPH

830 West End Court, Suite 400
Vernon Hills, IL 60061
Reproductive Medicine and Immunology

Available for Appointments


Undergraduate: College of Liberal Arts, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea
Medical School: College of Medicine, Yonsei University (MD)
Residency: Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Yonsei University
Fellowships: Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science – Reproductive Immunology
Graduate School: Medical College of Wisconsin – Master of Public Health degree
Board Certification: Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology by Korean Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Faculty Appointment: Director, Reproductive Medicine and Immunology, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science


For many couples, the heartbreak of recurrent pregnancy loss is compounded by not knowing the cause. Dr. Kwak-Kim has spent more than two decades researching the role of the immune system in pregnancy and pregnancy loss, and her research has helped thousands of women who experienced recurrent miscarriage achieve successful pregnancies. No two patient cases are exactly the same, and Dr. Kwak-Kim works closely with each patient to discover the cause of the recurrent pregnancy loss and develop a treatment plan based on each patient’s specific needs.

Dr. Kwak-Kim has gained national and international recognition as a leading scientist in the field of reproductive immunology and infertility. Her scientific contributions include more than 250 articles and abstracts published in prestigious medical journals. In 1995, the International Congress of Reproductive Immunology awarded Dr. Kwak-Kim a Certificate of Excellence for her paper on natural killer cell suppression by IVIg treatment.

In 2002 the American Society for Reproductive Immunology awarded her the J. Christian Herr Award for outstanding achievements in basic or applied research. Her abstract also won the Outstanding New Investigator Award.

In 2011 Dr. Kwak-Kim received the Lawrence R. Medoff Award from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science for outstanding contribution to Research, Teaching and Clinical Care.

In 2014 she received the American Journal of Reproductive Immunology Award which is the most prestigious award presented to a senior researcher who has made outstanding contributions to the field of Reproductive Immunology.

Dr. Kwak-Kim has mentored and continues to mentor medical students, residents, and post-doctoral fellows. Dr. Kwak-Kim lectures both nationally and internationally. She is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Reproductive Immunology and an editorial board member of many other scientific journals.

Working in Reproductive Medicine at the Clinics at Rosalind Franklin University since 1987 with the emphasis on treating infertility with implantation failures, recurrent spontaneous abortion of immune etiology, and pregnant women with autoimmune and alloimmune diseases. Dr. Kwak-Kim serves referred patients from all over the United States and the world.

Practice Interests

A pioneer in the field of Reproductive Immunology, Dr. Kwak-Kim has devoted more than 25 years of her career to Reproductive Immunology research, and continues to do so. She is focusing her research on unraveling the role of the immune system in pregnancy and pregnancy loss, and developing treatment plans that help women maintain successful pregnancies.

What is Reproductive Medicine and Immunology?

Reproductive Medicine and Immunology is committed to helping couples who have experienced recurrent pregnancy losses, unexplained infertility, repeated in vitro fertilization – embryo transfer failures, history of second or third trimester pregnancy losses of unknown cause, or pregnancy with a history of or active autoimmune and/or alloimmune disease. Dr. Kwak-Kim and her team of nurse practitioners, registered nurses, medical assistants and sonographers work with patients to discover the cause of their pregnancy loss and help them achieve a successful pregnancy.

Reproductive Medicine and Immunology was established at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in 1987. For more than 25 years, the program has provided evaluation and treatment to patients from across the country and around the world.

While attempting pregnancy, Dr. Kwak-Kim and her staff co-manage patients along with their reproductive endocrinologist or primary gynecologist. Once pregnancy occurs, co-management continues with their obstetricians or high risk obstetricians.

Insurances Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Coventry First Health
  • Galaxy
  • HFN
  • Humana
  • Multiplan/PHCS
  • United Healthcare