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Joanne  Kwak-Kim

Joanne Kwak-Kim, MD, MPH

3471 Green Bay Road
North Chicago, IL 60064
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


Dr. Joanne Kwak-Kim has spent the last three decades serving women who suffer from recurrent pregnancy loss. Her expertise in Reproductive Medicine and Immunology is matched only by her deep compassion for her patients and dedication to their care.

Dr. Kwak-Kim helps patients from all walks of life and around the globe, providing knowledge and solace to women who have already endured many losses by the time they reach her door. Her patients speak freely of how she turned their lives around — their years of confusion and frustration ended thanks to Dr. Kwak-Kim’s consultation. A pioneer in her field, many of the treatments available in Dr. Kwak-Kim’s office today were developed based on decades of her own research and patient care as the Reproductive
Immunology specialty emerged.

As a mentor to CMS students, Dr. Kwak-Kim is an outspoken advocate of the Reproductive Medicine and Immunology specialties. When asked what a Reproductive Immunologist needs in order to succeed, Dr. Kwak-Kim recommends a creative mind, a listener’s ear, and a compassionate heart — attributes that have served Dr. Kwak-Kim well in her thirty years of exemplary care.


Practice Interests

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.

Specialty:  Reproductive Medicine and Immunology

Services: Recurrent pregnancy loss, repeated implantation failures, unknown etiology infertility, poor ovarian response, premature ovarian failure, women with rheumatic, alloimmune, and autoimmune diseases.


Insurances Accepted

  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Coventry First Health
  • Galaxy Healthnet
  • HFN
  • Humana
  • Multiplan/PHCS