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    DJ ophthalmologists in surgery by day, mixing music by night


    During the day, Dr. Kim is professor of ophthalmology, chief of the Cornea and External Disease Division, and director of Refractive Surgery Service, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC. In his free time, he is a DJ who goes by the handle DJ Special K, a name that he said simultaneously connotes healthy, positive vibes, while also having a dark, mysterious side.

    Dr. Aldave, known as DJ AJA, is professor of ophthalmology, Walton Li Chair in Cornea and Uveitis, chief of the Cornea and Uveitis Division, and director of the Cornea and Refractive Surgery Fellowship, Jules Stein Eye Institute, University of California, Los Angeles.

    With his father being a jazz musician, Dr. Kim had a musical upbringing, playing classical piano for about 15 years. However, it became tough for him to continue with classical music in high school when everyone else was more interested in sports, dances, and parties.

    “I was looking to make a shift into something else,” Dr. Kim said.

    Jolie Higazi
    Jolie is the Content Specialist for Ophthalmology Times. She can be reached at [email protected]

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