Dr. Choi is a cardiothoracic surgeon who specializes in heart failure surgery as well as adult cardiac surgery. His main clinical and research interests are in heart transplantation and mechanical circulatory support devices. He joined the Johns Hopkins Hospital in October of 2017 as the Surgical Director of ECMO (extracorporeal membranous oxygen) Program, Associate Director of VAD (ventricular assist device) Program, and Associate Program Director of Cardiothoracic Residency. He received his undergraduate education in biochemistry and psychology from University of Washington as a Gates Millennium Scholar. He earned his medical degree from New York Medical College. He completed his general surgery residency at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, where he also served as a surgical investigator during his research fellowship. Dr Choi went on to UCLA to complete his cardiothoracic surgery training. He pursued advanced cardiac training as the Cardiothoracic Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support Fellow at Stanford University, where he served as a Clinical Instructor.
He played a key role in creating an outstanding Pediatric Surgery Division that serves the Kaiser Permanente pediatric patient population in the greater Bay Area.