Name: Albert Hyukjae Kwon, MD
Professional Designation(s)/Title: Clinical Assistant Professor
How long have you been a member of SPA? July 2021
Please list a few of your most recent accomplishments:
- MIT Emergency Ventilator Project (emergency-vent.mit.edu): Designed and published an open-source mechanical design and code to adapt a bag-valve resuscitator bag into a VC-AC mode ventilator. This design has been adopted by many groups internationally and is being used as backup ventilators in Peru, Chile on pediatric and adult patients.
- I am very excited about our interdisciplinary collaborative effort building an Adolescent & Young Adult (AYA) Pain Program at Stanford bridging the pediatric and adult pain programs.
Why did you join SPA? To continue to learn and to contribute where I can.
Short Biography: Dr. Kwon completed his B.S. degree in Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. As an undergraduate student, he pursued bone tissue engineering and stem cell research within the MIT Langer Lab and drug delivery research within the Laboratory for Biomaterials and Drug Delivery at Boston Children’s Hospital. He then received his medical degree at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard-MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology. As a medical student, he did research in neuroengineering and optogenetics in the MIT Media Lab.
He completed a combined residency in Pediatrics and Anesthesiology at Boston Children’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a fellowship in Pain Medicine at Stanford Hospital. After fellowship, he practiced general anesthesia and pain medicine at Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY and was a faculty member at New York Medical College. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he worked with a group of MIT engineers to develop an open-source automated resuscitator reference design. He joined the Stanford Pain Medicine faculty in 2021 and practices both pediatric pain medicine and adult pain medicine.
Interests: Digital health & telemedicine, AR & VR in medicine, building resilient critical care technologies for developing countries, and transitioning pediatric pain patients to adult pain practices. Outside work: kendo, walking and playing with pet Yorkshire terrier dog, cooking, and travel.