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Benjamin J. Kim, MD

Benjamin J. Kim, MD Physician

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Kim is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Ophthalmology

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Ophthalmology, 2010

Clinical Expertise:

  • Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMG)
  • Diabetic Eye Exam
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Laser Therapy for Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Macular Degeneration Clinical Research
  • Macular Degneration
  • Macular Disorders
  • Macular Edema
  • Macular Hole
  • Retinal Detachment
  • Retinal Disorders
  • Retinal Edema
  • Retinal Hole
  • Retinal Infection (Retinitis)
  • Retinal Laser Therapy
  • Retinal Tears
  • Retinal Vascular Disease
  • Sickle Cell Retinopathy
  • Vitreo Retinal Laser Surgery
  • Vitreous Surgery (Vitrectomy)

Description of Clinical Expertise

age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, macular hole, macular pucker

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Superior Vision Benefit Mgmt, Inc (Block Vision)
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

Medical School: Yale University
Residency: Mount Auburn Hospital
Residency: Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary
Fellowship: Johns Hopkins Hospital


American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), National American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS), National Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), International Greater Philadelphia Ophthalmology Society (GPOS), Local The Society of Heed Fellows, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Kim is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, geographic atrophy, choroidal neovascularization, retinal neovascularization, clinical trials, retinal imaging

Selected Publications:

Lee Vivian, Kim Benjamin J: Starry sky. JAMA Ophthalmol 132 (11): 1340,2014.

Ying Gui-shuang, Kim Benjamin J, Maguire Maureen G, Huang Jiayan, Daniel Ebenezer, Jaffe Glenn J, Grunwald Juan E, Blinder Kevin J, Flaxel Christina J, Rahhal Firas, Regillo Carl, Martin Daniel F: Sustained visual acuity loss in the comparison of age-related macular degeneration treatments trials. JAMA Ophthalmol 132 (8): 915-21,2014.

Kim Benjamin J, Ying Gui-Shuang, Huang Jiayan, Levy Nicole E, Maguire Maureen G: Sporadic visual acuity loss in the Comparison of Age-Related Macular Degeneration Treatments Trials (CATT). Am J Ophthalmol 158 (1): 128-135.e10,2014.

Kim BJ, Ibrahim MA, Goldberg MF.: Use of Spectral Domain OCT to Visualize Photoreceptor Abnormalities in Cone/Rod Dystrophy-6. Retin Cases Brief Rep 5 (1): 56-61,2011.

Kim BJ, Do DV, Nguyen QD, Arevalo F, Van Gelder RN.: Diagnostic and therapeutic challenges. Acute onset panuveitis. Retina 30 (2): 364-8,2010.

Andreoli MT, Morrison MA, Kim BJ, Chen L, Adams SM, Miller JW, DeAngelis MM, Kim IK.: Comprehensive analysis of complement factor H and LOC387715/ARMS2/HTRA1 variants with respect to phenotype in advanced age-related macular degeneration. Am J Ophthalmol 148 (6): 869-74,2009.

Kim BJ, Waheed NK, Romano M, Scotti F, Hafezi-Moghadam A, D’Amico DJ.: Elevated Erythropoietin and Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Levels in An Adolescent With Retinal Neovascularization From A Chronic Rhegmatogenous Retinal Detachment Retin Cases Brief Rep 2 (2): 117-120,2008.

Kim BJ, Li Z, Fariss RN, Shen DF, Mahesh SP, Egwuagu C, Yu CR, Nagineni CN, Chan CC, Nussenblatt RB.: Constitutive and cytokine-induced GITR ligand expression on human retinal pigment epithelium and photoreceptors. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 45 (9): 3170-6,2004.

Li Z, Mahesh SP, Kim BJ, Buggage RR, Nussenblatt RB.: Expression of glucocorticoid induced TNF receptor family related protein (GITR) on peripheral T cells from normal human donors and patients with non-infectious uveitis. J Autoimmun 21 (1): 83-92,2003.

Academic Contact Info

University of Pennsylvania
Department of Ophthalmology
Scheie Eye Institute
51 N. 39th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-8675
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)