Dr. Daniel J. Kwak, MD


Medical Training

Fellowship

  • Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center a University Hospital of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore MD, 2003-2006
    • o Provided both inpatient NICU and outpatient follow-up clinic care
    • o Gained exposure to basic science research techniques

Internship

    • General Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center

Residency

    • University Hospital of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, 2000-2003
    • o Provided both inpatient and outpatient care.
    • o Gained exposure to NICU and PICU management and rotated through all the specialties of pediatrics.

Education

Medical

    • MD in Pediatrics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2000

Graduate

    • Master’s of Microbiology, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah 1996

Undergraduate

    • Bachelor of Microbiology, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, 1994

Licenses & Certificates

    • Utah State Medical license – Active/Current
    • ECMO certified

Professional Affiliations

    • American Medical Association
    • American Association of Pediatrics

Professional Experience

Assistant Coordinator of Clinical Research, Food and Drug Administration, Beltsville, Maryland, 2003-2006.

    • Participated in evaluating clinical aspects of human studies and research projects at the FDA.
    • Conducted screening physical exams for potential subjects.
    • Collaborated in research activities with the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Division of Food and Nutrition.

Instructor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology, University of Utah School of Medicine, July 1st, 2006- June 30th, 2008.

    • Attending physician for Primary Children’s Hospital
    • o 43 bed referral NICU with ECMO capabilities, and all subspecialties, and surgical services
    • Attending physician for the University of Utah Hospital
    • o 48+ bed high-risk delivery NICU with all modes of ventilation and care with the exception of surgical services
    • Attending physician for Intermountain Medical Center
    • o 48 bed labor and delivery NICU with all modes of ventilation and care with the exception of surgical services
    • Participated in the clinical training and education of medical students, residents, neonatal fellows and neonatal nurse practitioner students
    • Conducted basic science research regarding carotid body physiology in a developmental rat model

Staff Pediatrician, Dinosaurland Pediatrics, Vernal, UT, December 1st 2008-present

    • General pediatrics out-patient and in-patient care
    • Pediatrics on-call for Ashley Regional Medical Center, Vernal, UT
    • o Emergency Room Consultation
    • o Hospital admissions
    • o Regular nursery/newborn infant care

Medical Director of Newborn Care and NICU, Ashley Regional Medical Center, Vernal, UT December 1st 2008-present

    • Consult and treat premature and critically ill newborn infants
    • Instruct and teach newborn resuscitation as a certified N.R.P./S.T.A.B.L.E. instructor
    • Oversee and direct development of Level 2 neonatal intensive care unit

Research and Publications

1. Kwak DJ, Augustine NH, Borges WG, Joyner JL, Green WF, Hill HR. (2000).

Intracellular and extracellular cytokine production by human mixed mononuclear cells in response to group B streptococci. Infect Immun, 68(1), 320-7.

2. Gauda EB, McLemore GL, Tolosa J, Marston-Nelson J, Kwak D. (2004) Maturation of peripheral arterial chemoreceptors in relation to neonatal apnoea.

Semin Neonatol. 2004 Jun;9(3): 181-94. Review.

3. Kwak DJ, Kwak SD, Gauda EB. (2006). The effect of hyperoxia on reactive oxygen species (ROS) in petrosal and nodose ganglion neurons during development (using organotypic slices). Adv Exp Med Biol, 580, 111-4; discussion 351-9.

4. Kwak DJ, Kwak SD, Gauda EB. (2006). The effect of hyperoxia on reactive oxygen species (ROS) in rat petrosal ganglion neuraons during development using organotypic slices. Pediatr Res. 2006 Oct;660(4):371-6. Epub 2006 Aug 28.

Recognitions

2003 Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Excellence in Teaching Award, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

2003-2005 NIH Pediatric Pulmonary Training grant award, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

2003-2006 NIH Pediatric Research Loan Repayment grant award

2006-2008 Primary Children’s Medical Center Foundation Scholar award, University of Utah School of Medicine

Research Support

2006-2008 Children’s Health Research Center Training Grant, University of Utah